CA pledge AUD 50,000 to help India fight Covid-19

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03 May 2021 | 05:28 AM
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CA pledge AUD 50,000 to help India fight Covid-19

The cricketing body will also raise more funds in partnership with its players' Association and UNICEF

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Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday (May 3) pledged 50,000 Australian dollars (AUD) to support India's fight against the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and will also raise more funds in partnership with its players' Association and UNICEF. India's daily cases have been upwards of 3 lakh on most days for the past couple of weeks and have also breached the 4 lakh mark. The death toll has been rising by over 3,000 everyday, according to official figures.

"Australian Cricket will throw its support behind India's COVID-19 Crisis Appeal, with Cricket Australia, the Australian Cricketers; Association and UNICEF Australia partnering to raise much-needed funds," CA said in a statement.

"Australian Cricket has been deeply saddened by the devastation caused by this second coronavirus wave to hit India, a country with which Australians share a strong friendship and connection. Cricket Australia will make an initial donation of AUD 50,000 and encourage Australians everywhere to give generously at this crucial time in India's COVID-19 response."

The funds raised by CA will be donated to UNICEF Australia, which will utilise it in various relief initiatives in India. "UNICEF Australia's India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal is procuring and installing Oxygen Generation Plants in hospitals to treat seriously ill patients, providing testing equipments in heavily impacted districts and supporting the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine via the COVAX initiative," the CA added.

The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in India with the healthcare infrastructure across the country struggling to cope with the caseload amid a shortage of oxygen supply and essential medicines. Several Australian cricket stars are currently in India participating in the IPL.

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