Some of the world’s leading tennis stars, including men’s quantity one Novak Djokovic, have rallied behind aid initiatives led by Pakistan’s prime tennis player to help feed individuals impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer,Maria Sharapova and Indian ace Sania Mirza are amid a star-studded lineup of existing and former athletes who have donated their signed memorabilia to the Stars In opposition to Starvation auction.
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The initiative was introduced very last 7 days by doubles specialist Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, who has been increasing resources and delivering doorway-to-doorway ration packs to weak families in Pakistan suffering due to the country’s partial lockdown.
“This COVID-19 has affected each individual one just one of us, in just about every nation, so I am just hoping to play my section in the finest way I can and attempting to assistance the needy, the bad and the daily wagers in the course of this pandemic,” Qureshi, planet-rated fifty, explained to Al Jazeera on Monday.
His foundation Cease War Start out Tennis in collaboration with Rizq, a non-gain organisation,has so considerably assisted feed additional than 2,500 families in underprivileged parts of the country’s most populous province of Punjab.
“I truly feel like tennis has offered me this possibility and system to aid these persons out ideal now and it can be a will need of the hour as perfectly,” the forty-calendar year old claimed. “The most crucial point is compassion towards humanity.”
Many thanks #starsagainsthunger @rogerfederer @RafaelNadal @DjokerNole @MirzaSania @wasimakramlive @realshoaibmalik @shoaib100mph @StefTsitsipas @DaniilMedwed @GrigorDimitrov @jahangirkhan @amirkingkhan @SarfarazA_fifty four #shahbazahmed fr ur signed memorabilia pic.twitter.com/H9CSDFl26t
— Aisam ul Haq Qureshi (@aisamhqureshi) May perhaps 12, 2020
British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan, Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, former fast bowlers Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar, and international squash legend Jahangir Khan have also pitched in with autographed gloves, shirt, ball, helmet and racket respectively.
The on the web auction which closes on May well 24, aims to elevate up to $220,000 to help ten,000 family members.
Tens of hundreds of labourers and other daily wage employees in Pakistan have dropped their livelihoods during the pandemic that is tests the country’s weak wellbeing infrastructure and battling financial system.
Additional than 43,000 individuals have been infected by the coronavirus in the South Asian country of 220 million, but the death fee has remained fairly minimal with 939 fatalities.
Pakistan’s Primary Minister Imran Khan has reiterated that his federal government selected a technique of utilizing a targeted and incremental lockdown to “harmony the want to help save individuals from corona[virus] and the continuation of financial activity”.
“It has not been easy,” Qureshi stated about the circumstance in the state.
“There are additional men and women having influenced by starvation truly than COVID-19 alone … and in that the governing administration cannot get to each individual and each residence and loved ones.”
As a result, voluntary aid teams and athletes have stepped in to lend their assistance in endeavours to present enough provides of food items and other essentials to Pakistan’s poorest.
Previous national cricket captain Shahid Afridi is between them.
Thank you Kashmir. I am truly out of text for the adore, treatment and passion knowledgeable in past few days. We are in it alongside one another and shall increase collectively. #HopeNotOut #DonateKaroNa pic.twitter.com/r0banL6UAo
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) Could seventeen, 2020
The previous cricketer via his charity has dispersed foodstuff materials, disinfectant soap and other essentials to 22,000 family members in KhyberPakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan and Pakistan-administred Kashmir.
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