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The coronavirus pandemic has temporarily upended life as we know it, companies and stars are pitching in to help — and so are India’s amazing young sport stars.
In India, panic levels are high, with health officials advising Indians to practice social distancing and take extra precautions to protect their health.
Celebrities and athletes are pledging financial contributions to aid those impacted by the pandemic; Zion Williamson, Russell Wilson and Ciara, and Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are among those who have announced donations to fight COVID-19.
Below, Fisto sports breaks down young athletes who are doing thier bits to help fight the coronavirus crisis.
Anish Bhanwala, youngest Indian ever to win Gold at CWG has donated Rs 1 lakh to PM CARE Fund for the fight against the virus. “This is that time when all that matters is the lives of our people. And we need to do anything and everything it takes. I contributed Rs.1Lakh (One Lakh) from my savings to PM-CARES funds,” Anish wrote on Twitter.
The fifteen-year-old 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.
In a bid to help the country in its fight against Coronavirus, Indian star shuttler PV Sindhu donated Rs 10 Lakh to relief funds. 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.”
In a bid to support her people in the hometown, Hima Das pledged to donate her 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.
Asian Games gold medal-winning javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Tuesday donated a total of Rs 3 lakh to the central and Haryana state relief funds to combat the coronavirus pandemic in India.
“I have donated a sum of Rs.2 Lakh to PM CARES fund and Rs.1 Lakh to the Haryana Covid Relief Fund. I hope we all can come together in our own individual capacities to bring relief during this time and help our nation overcome this pandemic,” the Commonwealth Games gold-medallist tweeted.
Teenage shooting sensation 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.
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.