The Indian women’s hockey team as a mark of support and solidarity amid the coronavirus outbreak has recently raised a sum of Rs 20,01,310. This was done by means of an 18-day fitness challenge and the proceeds of this noble act have been donated to an NGO named Uday Foundation. The money will be used to feed close to 1000 families of migrant workers and daily wage earners whose livelihood has hit a roadblock. This group of people have been badly affected due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown and there seems to be no end to their plight.
What was the challenge?
The aim of the fitness challenge was to raise funds for the needy. It also in a way is an initiative to introduce and propel people to follow and adapt to a better lifestyle. Research has time and again proved that it is important for humans to be physically active in order to prevent long term chronic diseases. Exercises further help in a positive outlook toward oneself and society. The fitness challenge began on April 1 and ended on May 3. The amount of Rs. 20 lakh was raised by the women superstars by means of crowdfunding.
What the Indian captain and vice-captain had to say?
The Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal thanked everyone who was a part of this great initiative. She also went on to say that the response was overwhelming. Hockey lovers both from India as well as from abroad participated and contributed to help the poor. Every day a player gave a new challenge and tagged 10 different people on their social media handles. As a result of this, every time a person did the challenge a donation of Rs 100 was given to the fundraiser.
Team India’s vice-captain Savita, did not expect the outcome to be a huge success but eventually, it did. Slowly, the event gathered pace and people’s support kept growing on a daily basis. Savita also said that people loved this initiative and kept on encouraging us. She further thanked Hockey India and the women’s team Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne and the support staff for helping in this cause. Most of these players come from humble backgrounds and this cause was very dear to them.