At a time when several Australian cricketers are leaving the Indian Premier League (IPL) midway owing to the massive surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths in India, another Australian cricketer Pat Cummins, who plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders, has won hearts with his gesture.
Cummins on Monday in a social media post revealed that he has contributed $50,000 to the PM Cares Fund specifically to purchase oxygen supplies for India’s hospitals. He also urged his fellow IPL players and people around the world to contribute.
Pat Cummins’ statement
Pat Cummins in a social media post wrote, “India is a country I’ve come to love dearly over the years and the people here are some of the warmest and kindest I’ve ever met. To know so many are suffering so much at this time saddens me greatly.”
“There has been quite a bit of discussion over here as to whether it is appropriate for the IPL to continue while COVID-19 infection rates remain high. I’m advised that the Indian Government is of the view that playing the IPL while the population is in lockdown provides a few hours of joy and respite each day at an otherwise difficult time for the country.”
— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) April 26, 2021
“As players, we are privileged to have a platform that allows us to reach millions of people that we can use for good. With that in mind, I have made a contribution to the “PM Cares Fund,” specifically to purchase oxygen supplies for India’s hospitals.”
“At times like this, it is easy to feel helpless. I have certainly felt that of late. But I hope by making this public appeal we can all channel our emotions into action that will bring light into people’s lives.”
“I know my donation isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, but I hope it will make a difference to someone.”
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