Former India captain MS Dhoni donated Rs 1 lakh, on Thursday (March 26), to help 1000 poor families in Pune amid the 21-day lockdown in-country announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dhoni has donated the amount to Mukul Madhav Foundation – a public charitable trust in Pune – through a crowdfunding website called Ketto.
This money will be used to provide relief kits in Pune to the daily-wage workers who have bore the brunt of COVID-19 lockdown. Dhoni’s donation will provide the families with relief kits to support them for 14 days during this lockdown.
Dhoni is not the only cricketer who has come forward during this crisis. Former Indian cricketers Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan have also donated over 4,000 masks in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Gautam Gambhir also has pledged Rs 50 lakh towards Covid-19 treatment.
Gambhir wrote a letter to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, informing him of his donation. “Kindly direct the officers in charge to let my office know about the requirements and please let me know if I could be of any other assistance,” he added.
In India, the number of coronavirus cases has already reached crossed 700, with 20 deaths recorded due to the pandemic. Pune is currently one of the worst coronavirus affected cities in the country, with over 30 reported positive cases and hundreds of people in quarantine.