Kolkata: City football giants Mohun Bagan on Saturday announced that they will donate Rs 20 lakh towards West Bengal State Emergency Relief Fund to help medical workers and hospitals fight the global coronavirus pandemic.
“These are challenging times for everyone and none should be left behind. Our contribution is just a start. We hope that others also join in supporting more families in need. Together we can overcome this crisis,” Mohun Bagan general secretary Srinjoy Bose said in a statement on the club’s website.
𝐌𝐨𝐡𝐮𝐧 𝐁𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛 has decided to stand by the call given by our 𝐇𝐨𝐧’𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐌𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐣𝐞𝐞 and donate 𝐑𝐬. 𝟐𝟎 𝐥𝐚𝐤𝐡𝐬 towards the West Bengal State Emergency Relief Fund to combat Covid-19 pandemic pic.twitter.com/Pn9Pjcb0Dg
— Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_Bagan) March 27, 2020
Finance Secretary Debashis Dutta added: “Be it good times or bad, our fans never stop supporting their beloved club. During this tough time we want to help the people who are fighting to make our lives easier. We can get through this together! There are so many things people can do to support those affected right now. Big or small, every donation or act of service goes a long way. Our thoughts are with every single person and business affected right now.”
Mohun Bagan have already emerged as the champions of the I-League with four rounds to go. The League, however, is yet to be completed and the matches are put on hold owing to the outbreak.
Another club from the city, Aryan, have also contributed Rs 2 lakh to the state relief fund.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) had announced that it would donate a sum of Rs 25 lakh to the state administration with president Avishek Dalmiya shelling Rs 5 lakh from his own pocket, earlier in the week.
CAB office bearers secretary Snehashis Ganguly, vice-president Naresh Ojha and joint secretary Debabrata Das have also come forward to contribute to the cause by donating Rs one lakh each.
Treasurer Debasish Ganguly’s club South Suburban also showed its intent to donate. Veteran Eden Gardens pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee also requested CAB to donate his one month’s salary to West Bengal Emergency Relief Fund.
So far there have been 15 confirmed cases in West Bengal with one person dying of the deadly virus which has brought the world to a standstill.