Fighting COVID-19: Young Women Athletes Who Are Helping The Cause
Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge the world is facing right now. Several professional athletes and teams in the country are also extending financial aid to fight this serious health threat. The funds thus collected will be used to treat, support, and help coronavirus patients who are in need, and to procure aid for medical workers and hospitals amid this major health emergency.
Here is a look at some of the young names who have made contributions towards coronavirus relief.
Richa Ghosh, the sixteen-year-old all-rounder, donated Rs 1 lakh to the Bengal Chief Minister’s relief fund. “When everybody is fighting COVID-19 and the chief minister has appealed for a united battle against it, I thought of contributing a bit as a responsible citizen of the country,” said Ghosh who represented India in the Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this month.
Ghosh made her debut in the tri-series in Australia before the T20 World Cup. She also played two matches in the T20 World Cup and the final which India lost to Australia by 85 runs on March 8.
The fifteen-year-old India shooter, Esha Singh donated Rs 30 thousand to fight COVID-19. She is the country’s youngest sportsperson to come forward and make a donation to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
“I pledge to contribute 30 thousand Rupees from my savings to P.M CARE FUND to Fight Covid 19 Desh hai to hum hai,” Esha wrote on her Twitter handle.
I pledge to contribute 30 thousand Rupees from my savings to P.M CARE FUND to Fight Covid 19 Desh hai to hum hai @narendramodi @KirenRijiju @Media_SAI @kheloindia @Gun_for_Glory @TelanganaCMO @KTRTRS @VSrinivasGoud @jayesh_ranjan @RaninderSingh @gaGunNarang pic.twitter.com/eK5MY5goSh
— Esha Singh (@singhesha10) March 29, 2020
Esha, Junior World Cup silver medallist, belongs to Hyderabad. Esha clinched a gold in the Asian Shooting Championships in November last year.
PV Sindhu has recently donated Rs 10 Lakh to relief funds to fight COVID-19 pandemic. The World champion shuttler tweeted, “I hereby donate an amount of Rs 5,00,000/- each (Rs five Lakhs) towards the “Chief Minister Relief Fund” for the states of Telangana and Andra Pradesh to fight against COVID-19.”
I hereby donate an amount of Rs 5,00,000/- each (Rs five lakhs ) towards the "Chief Ministers Relief Fund"
for the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to fight against COVID-19. @TelanganaCMO @AndhraPradeshCM
— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) March 26, 2020
In a bid to support her people in the hometown, Hima Das donated one month’s salary to Assam’s COVID-19 relief fund. The Asian Games gold medallist has also been instrumental in raising awareness about COVID-19 as well. Das is an employee of the PSU major Indian Oil as an HR officer in Guwahati.
“Friends it’s high time to stand together & support people who need us. I am contributing 1 month of my salary to Assam Govt. in Assam Arogya Nidhi Account made to safeguard the health of people in the wake of Covid-19,” Das tweeted last week.
Friends it’s high time to stand together & support people who need us. I am contributing 1 month of my salary to Assam Govt. in Assam Arogya Nidhi Account made to safeguard the health of people in the wake of Covid-19. @narendramodi @sarbanandsonwal @KirenRijiju @himantabiswa
— Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) March 26, 2020
Shooter Manu Bhaker donated Rs 1 lakh to the Haryana government to help the state combat the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 pandemic. “This is the time when only the lives of the people of the country matter and all of us will have to do what we can to save them. I contribute 1 lakh rupees to the Haryana Corona CARES Fund by myself and hope that you all too support the country in this time of crisis by contributing something from the other side,” Manu Bhaker wrote on Twitter.
यह वह समय है जब सिर्फ़ देश के लोगों का जीवन मायने रखता है और उनको बचाने के लिए हम सबको जो कर सकें करना होगा।मैं अपनीबचतसे Haryana Corona CARES फंड में 1 लाख रुपये का योगदान करती हूं और आशा करती हूँ की आप सब भी अपनी तरफ़ से कुछ ना कुछ योगदान करके आपदा की इस घड़ी में देश का साथ दें pic.twitter.com/gPxOW9SD5E
— Manu Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) March 30, 2020
Earlier, Cricket star Sachin Tendulkar joined the league of Indian athletes, including Suresh Raina, wrestler Bajrang Punia and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to contribute to COVID-19 relief operations. He donated Rs 50 lakh. On Saturday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced a donation of Rs 51 crores. Mohun Bagan also donated a sum of Rs 20 lakhs to the West Bengal State Emergency relief fund.
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