The Australian pacer Pat Cummins won hearts by donating $50,000 to help India battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. The Aussie is playing for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He also revealed the reason why did he transfer it to the PM Care Fund, an initiative by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Aussie fast bowler was among the first sportsperson to come forward and join the battle of saving human lives. Pat Cummins donated a hefty sum to buy oxygen cylinders that have been a shortage in these times. His heart-warming gesture has earned him respect and fans across India have thanked him for humanity.
Pat Cummins donated $50000 to PM Cares Fund
The speedster revealed that by donating the amount to the fund, he followed the footsteps of KKR’s co-owner Shahrukh Khan. Incidentally, Shah Rukh donated a massive amount to the private fund during the first wave of COVID19.
“I was just chatting to a couple of guys here at KKR, they have been really generous in their donations to the PM CARES fund over the last year or so. Shah Rukh donated himself here that suggests the way to go,” Cummins was quoted as saying to WION.
“There are a few people back home in Australia who are keen to help India so we might set up something in the next few days to direct a few more resources to charity here,” Pat Cummins stated.
After Pat Cummins, his fellow Aussie Brett Lee, who was a part of KKR once, also came forward. Kolkata Knight Riders’ batter Sheldon Jackson also donated a certain amount to help the people attain medical facilities.
“I don’t think so. We are doing everything we don’t take any resources from the frontline. There is an aspect that us playing for three or four hours hopefully contributes to making people stay at home. It has certainly been a big topic of conversation as to how we can help,” he added.
The second wave of the pandemic has hit the country badly. The number of cases has gone past the daily 300,000-mark. The death toll is also increasing. The country is also facing a shortage of oxygen and beds in hospitals.