Sachin Tendulkar has donated Rs 50 lakh for COVID-19 relief efforts in the country.
On a day Mirror carried a report about sports stars around the world coming out openly to make the world a better place in these testing times, the cricket legend has done his own bit, although he would not like to make an announcement.
Of the Rs 50 lakh, Rs 25 lakh has been contributed to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in Maharashtra, which is fast emerging as the epicentre of coronavirus victims in India.
Mirror has learnt from sources close to him that he would not speak about it, just as he had not spoken about his contributions during other calamities. For instance, he had donated 25,000 Australian dollars for bushfire victims in Australia in January.
“He does not want to speak, he regularly contributes to relief funds during calamities,” said the source. He had donated his entire salary as an MP to the PM’s relief fund and also contributes regularly to the NGO Apnalaya.
Earlier in the morning, the Mumbai Cricket Association held a teleconference and decided to donate Rs 50 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.