Many people from the Indian football fraternity have been helping the needy during these tough times.
With the COVID-19 situation turning dire in India, people are being urged to stay safe inside their own homes. Because of the current scenario, celebrities like footballers are also unable to do much work on the ground. However, a number of Indian football players have still made the most of their time by playing a role in COVID-19 related assistance.
Be it by using their social media popularity to spread awareness or to gather information regarding key drugs, some of these stars are working hard. They’ve been eager to help struggling people and help them find solution to their problems. Here’s what each of them has been doing so far:
Unlike other stars who generally use social media to help others, Nirmal Chettri has had a more ‘hands-on’ approach with helping fight COVID-19. He recently organized a blood donation camp in his hometown of Melli in Sikkim to help those in need of blood.
In August 2020, he had also organized a sanitation drive in Melli covering 500-600 homes. Chettri has been a great advocate for his hometown since gaining recognition on the Indian football scene and is working hard to help them fight the coronavirus.
Like his Kerala Blasters teammates, Albino’s taken to social media to aid those in need. He’s been regularly retweeting posts wanting information regarding hospital beds and oxygen. Not just that, he’s also circulated numbers of home-cooked food services.
The former Jamshedpur FC man has used his 180k+ fanbase on Twitter to help circulate a lot of information regarding COVID-19. He’s retweeted posts of people looking for hospital beds for patients, plasma donation or the need for Remdesivir.
He’s also posted helpline numbers of hospitals in his home state of Kerala to help the local people. Moreover, Vineeth has continuously urged people to wear masks and keep well-sanitized to fight against the virus.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Bengaluru FC shot-stopper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is also using his social media popularity to spread the word related to COVID-19. The India No.1 has posted phone numbers of mental health helplines to aid those in need of counselling.
He’s also posted contact details of pet boarding helplines for those who need to send their pets somewhere for safekeeping. Gurpreet has advocated for home cooked meals delivery as well, for the benefit of patients unable to make any food.
The Indian national team captain is leading from the front on social media. Chhetri has been using his popularity on the platform to help spread leads about oxygen cylinders, Remdisivir and more.
He’s even spread information about how to get hospital beds and helpline numbers for children in distress. For those times when he cannot access his Twitter due to work, Chhetri also handed over his account to Prajwal, a TheNewsMinute journalist who was doing a lot of good work in spreading COVID-19 related information.
Sahal Abdul Samad
The Kerala Blasters star has been a really active figure on social media over the last few weeks. In a tweet on April 28, he promised to retweet any requirement relating to COVID-19 and help spread the word of help all around. Samad has kept his word, retweeting posts of people wanting information about beds in hospitals or medicines.
He’s also helped spread pictures on Twitter containing the phone numbers of COVID-19 hospitals. Sahal has kept things low key, but helped many people get a larger reach to get information about coronavirus related requirements.
The most important among all these stars is Darren Caldeira. The experienced midfielder has always been a proactive figure on social media, but has amplified his efforts to help those in need. Caldeira does his best by retweeting possibly hundreds of tweets every day calling for help.
He also posts phone numbers helping people with oxygen refilling, availability of beds in hospitals and plasma donation. Caldeira is working his hardest to help ordinary people’s issues to get noticed by relevant bodies and help save lives.
Like many others, he’s promised to retweet every post requiring help to ensure that patients get their timed, crucial treatment on time.