Suresh Raina donates Rs 52 lakh in the fight against Coronavirus

Unnikrishnan G

Bengaluru, March 28: India and Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Suresh Raina on Saturday (March 28) said he has donated Rs 52 lakh to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

"It's time we all do our bit to help defeat #COVID19. I'm pledging ₹52 lakh for the fight against #Corona (₹31 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund & ₹21 lakh to the UP CM's Disaster Relief Fund). Please do your bit too. Jai Hind," Raina announced through his official Twitter handle.

In these grim times, many celebrities are coming forward to join the global fight against the pandemic, which has seen more than five lakh people across the world getting affected and has robbed over 20000 lives across the countries.

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar donated Rs 50 lakh to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which has so far claimed 17 lives in India and wreaked havoc globally.

"Sachin Tendulkar decided to contribute Rs 25 lakh each to Prime Minister's Relief Fund and Chief Minister's Relief Fund in his bid to join the fight against COVID-19. It was his decision that he wanted to contribute to both funds," a source privy to the development, told PTI.

Tendulkar has been associated with a lot of charity work and there has been umpteen times, he has taken up social causes, helped people, which has never been brought to public notice.

Among other prominent cricketers, the Pathan brothers -- Irfan and Yusuf -- donated 4000 face masks to Baroda police and health department while Mahendra Singh Dhoni, through a Pune based NGO, made a contribution of Rs 1 lakh.

Among athletes from other disciplines, wrestler Bajrang Punia and sprinter Hima Das are some of the prominent names to have donated their salaries in the battle against the dreaded virus which has led to a 21-day national lockdown. Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly too has donated Rs 50 lakh in the fight against Corona.

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