Pandya brothers to donate 200 oxygen concentrators to rural areas

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02 May 2021 | 04:51 AM
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Pandya brothers to donate 200 oxygen concentrators to rural areas

Several cricketers, including Tendulkar, Dhawan and Undakat, Australians Cummins and Lee, and West Indies' Pooran also stepped up to help in the fight against COVID-19

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Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Saturday (May 1) announced that his entire family, including brother Krunal, will donate 200 oxygen concentrators to help the rural areas of the country fight the raging COVID-19 pandemic. Talking ahead of his team's match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Hardik said his family had been looking for ways to help those in need.

"Gratitude to all the medical staff, frontline workers and all the individuals who have come out and held their hands at such times to fight out the battle," Hardik said.

"Krunal, I and my mother -- basically our entire family, we were finding ways at trying to help out. We decided to donate 200 oxygen concentrators to the rural parts of India where I feel the medical infrastructure needs more support," he added.

India is reeling under the second wave of the pandemic with cases rising rapidly, the crisis compounded by shortage of some crucial medicines and oxygen supplies. The country recorded over four lakh cases since Friday. "We all understand it's difficult, we want to show our gratitude, support and just want to tell everyone that they're always there in our prayers," Hardik added.

Several cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan and Jaydev Undakat, Australians Pat Cummins and Brett Lee, and West Indies' Nicholas Pooran also stepped up to help in the fight against COVID-19. IPL sides are also pitching in. Rajasthan Royals have raised 7.5 crore while Delhi Capitals contributed Rs 1.5 crore for the cause.

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