Mumbai’s versatile Indian Hardik Pandya announced on Saturday that his entire family, including his brother Krunal, will donate 200 oxygen concentrators to help rural areas of the country fight the raging COVID-19 pandemic .
Speaking ahead of his team’s game against the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, Hardik said his family are looking for ways to help those in need.
“I thank all the medical staff, the frontline workers and everyone who has stepped forward and held hands at such times to lead the battle,” said Hardik.
“Krunal, me and my mother – basically our whole family, we were finding ways to try to help. We have decided to donate 200 oxygen concentrators to rural areas of India where I think the medical infrastructure needs more support, ”he added.
India is reeling from the second wave of the pandemic with rapidly increasing cases, the crisis exacerbated by shortages of some essential drugs and oxygen supply.
The country has recorded more than four lakh cases since Friday.
“We all understand that it is difficult, we want to show our gratitude, our support and we just want to tell everyone that they are always there in our prayers,” added Hardik.
Several cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan and Jaydev Undakat, Australians Pat Cummins and Brett Lee, and Nicholas Pooran from the West Indies have also stepped up to help fight COVID-19.
The IPL sides are also participating. Rajasthan Royals raised 7.5 crore while Delhi Capitals contributed Rs 1.5 crore for the cause.