04 April 2020: Indian golf has always been a family of empathetic professionals ever willing to stretch their hand to help. As India battles the Corona Virus pandemic, leading Indian golfers Anirban Lahiri and Shubhankar Sharma have opened their wallets to make a contribution to the PM Cares Fund today.
The two golfers took to social media to share the deed with their fans and followers, inviting everyone to make their own small contribution to the rapidly developing situation in India. Over the past week, the number of cases in India has tripled to go up to 3,108 as at the start of Saturday.
— Anirban Lahiri (@anirbangolf) April 4, 2020
Anirban returned to India to play in the Indian Open, but the sporting calendar has simply melted away since then as the global pandemic forced the suspension or cancellation of some of the biggest events in golf.
“In these grave times that we face today, I urge my friends and brethren to join me in doing our bit to support those in most need,” read a statement from Anirban, posted to Instagram and Twitter. “I have pledged Rs.700,000 to the PM Cares Fund and also support 100 families through the Zomato Feeding India initiative. In any way, big or small, let us play our part in helping the nation. Jai Hind.”
Shubhankar was also set to play the Indian Open before the schedule started to unravel in the face of some rapid developments around the world that culminated in a complete 21-day lockdown in India through 15 April 2020.
Let's all come together and contribute in our own little ways. I am humbly committing a sum of Rs 5L towards @PMCares. Pls do your bit to support this cause.@narendramodi@PMOIndia @KirenRijiju #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/hlDoLaud9Z
— Shubhankar Sharma (@shubhankargolf) April 4, 2020
“As we all know, the world is going through a tough time. I feel very lucky that I am at home, with my family in these rough times,” said Shubhankar in a video message on twitter. “But there are so many people out there, not at home and struggling for basic amenities. So many people admitted in the hospitals, fighting for their lives.”
“I am making a humble contribution to the PM Cares Fund. And I want to urge all my fellow Indians to support in whatever they can. All the people need our help, and we need to come together and do whatever we can. Stay indoors, stay healthy, Jai Hind,” he added in his message.