Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) players will be donning specially-customized jerseys at Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 to pay tribute to India’s Covid-19 warriors. RCB jerseys will have “My Covid Heroes” message inscribed as they have come up with several initiatives to honor the “Real Challengers” throughout the new season in the UAE.
The customized jerseys that will be part of RCB’s opening game of IPL 2020 will be auctioned and the proceeds will be donated to support the “Give India Foundation”, said chairman Sanjeev Churiwala during the jersey launch. Speaking at the launch, RCB skipper Virat Kohli said the players will feel honored to don the customized jersey, saying he was awestruck when he heard the stories of the Covid-19 heroes.
Virat elaborated, “In the past few months, whenever I heard the stories of the Covid Heroes it has given me literal goosebumps. These real challenges have made the country proud and inspired all of us to be more persistent and dedicated to our efforts to build a better tomorrow. I am truly proud to wear RCB’s ‘My Covid Heroes’ jersey as a sign of solidarity and gratitude to everyone who is right now going the extra mile to support the community at large.”
RCB stars, including Kohli, Parthiv Patel, and Devdutt Padikkal interacted with the Covid-19 heroes.
Describing one such story of Hetika Shah, who, through continuous effort, developed ‘Four-S Shield’- the First Indigenously made N99 Mask certified by NABL lab. He also developed 4S SHIELD face mask covers all four sensory organs and aims to help frontline workers treating Covid-19 patients.
The Bangalore-based franchise has started an online fundraiser on Milaap, a crowdfunding website with a goal to raise ₹7.5 lakh and provide 150 families with milk on a daily basis.