Indian Cricket Team and Delhi Capitals (DC) opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has pledged to donate ₹20 lakhs to ‘Mission Oxygen’ to aid in funding the dire oxygen requirement in India. Dhawan broke the news on Twitter on Friday.
He also informed that along with the said amount, he would also be donating the money he will receive from all the post-match individual awards for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
“We are in unprecedented times right now, and it is the need of the hour that we do everything possible to help each other out,” Shikhar Dhawan wrote on his Twitter handle.
“Over the years, I have received incredible love and support from all of you, for which I am eternally grateful. It’s now my turn to give back to the people of this country.
“I will be making a donation of ₹20 lakhs, plus money from all post-match individual performance awards that I receive from the IPL 2021 towards Mission Oxygen to help fund the requirement of oxygen,” he added.
India is currently battling the disastrous second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and facing immense shortage of oxygen concentrators.
‘Mission Oxygen’ is an initiative launched by 250 plus entrepreneurs to help fund setting up of Oxygen Generation Plant and the import of oxygen concentrators to donate them to hospitals all across the country.
Earlier, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar also contributed ₹1 Crore to the group to help the cause.
Furthermore, Dhawan also took the opportunity to urge his fans to follow all the necessary COVID-19 safety protocols.
“I would like to thank all the tireless frontline workers for their incredible service. We are forever in your debt. I also urge everyone to observe all health protocols- wear a mask, sanitize and maintain social distancing. Step out only when necessary. Together, we will win,” Dhawan concluded.
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