Australian step of Kolkata Knight Riders Pat Cummins said on Monday that it had donated $ 50,000 to UNICEF’s COVID-19 India Crisis Appeal in Australia, a week after promising the PM CARES Fund
After India struggles with a devastating health crisis, the 27-year-old pacer announced last Monday that he would make an oxygen donation to hospitals struggling with a rise in COVID cases.
However, Cummins appears to have changed his mind following Cricket Australia’s financial support to UNICEF Australia.
“Great job @ CricketAus FYI. I finally distributed my donation for India’s COVID-19 crisis appeal to UNICEF in Australia. If you can, please join many others in support of it here https://india.unicef.org.au/t/australian-cricket, “ he wrote on his Twitter handle.
Cricket Australia pledged $ 50,000 on Monday to support India’s fight against the devastating second wave and said it would also raise more funds in partnership with its players’ association and UNICEF.
“Australian cricket will support behind India’s COVID-19 crisis appeal, with Cricket Australia, Australian cricketers; the Association and UNICEF Australia partnering to raise much-needed funds,” a statement from CA said.
“Australian cricket was deeply saddened by the devastation caused by this second wave of coronavirus, which hit India, a country with which Australians share a strong friendship and connection.
“Cricket Australia will make an initial donation of AUD 50,000 and will encourage Australians everywhere to give generously at this crucial time in India’s COVID-19 response.”
The Indian healthcare system is struggling to cope with the huge number of cases of COVID-19 amid a shortage of basic supplies such as oxygen, ventilators, beds and some medicines.