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Rishabh Pant donates to help procure oxygen cylinders, Covid-relief kits

New Delhi, May 8 (UNI): India wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant on Saturday said he is making a donation to help procure oxygen cylinders, beds and Covid-19 relief kits for the ailing patients across the country.

The 23-year-old cricketer took to social media to announce his decision, saying he is keen on working with organisations to help aid the fight against the pandemic in “rural India and non-metro cities”.

“The scale of despair across our country has been immense and something I have been deeply affected by. As someone who has seen personal loss up close, my heart goes out to all the families who have suffered over the past year and I pray for the souls of those who have left us,” Pant wrote in a Twitter post.

“One of the most important aspects I have learned from sport is the power of working together as a team for a common cause. I salute our frontline workers, who have been working tirelessly to help India throughout the past year. However, the cause of helping India overcome these unprecedented times needs all our collective efforts.

“I am supporting the Hemkunt Foundation through a monetary donation that will help provide O2 cylinders with beds, Covid-relief kits and much more to those suffering across the country. I am especially keen to work with organisations providing medical aid and support to rural India and non-metro cities, which do not have the capacity of medical infrastructure than that of the major cities,” he added.

Pant also urged citizens to spread awareness about Covid-19 vaccination and extend all possible help to the needy in this difficult time.

“I urge everyone to contribute in their own way so that we can help reach the remotest part of the country and spread awareness about COVID relief and vaccination programs being run by the central and state governments. Please remember to stay safe, follow safety protocols, and get vaccinated, when possible,” he added.

Apart from Pant, several other cricketers — Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Pat Cummins — have already joined India’s fight against the raging second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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