Ace Indian sprinter and young sensation Hima Das on Thursday pledged to donate her one month salary to Assam government’s COVID-19 State relief fund.
The 20-year-old has now joined the likes of PV Sindhu, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Wrestler Bajrang Punia, all of whom have donated generously during this time of crisis due to the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Hima took to her Twitter account to announce her donation, also creating awareness among the people to donate during this time of crisis.
“Friends it’s high time to stand together & support people who need us. I am contributing 1 month of my salary to Assam Govt. in Assam Arogya Nidhi Account made to safeguard the health of people in the wake of Covid-19. @narendramodi @sarbanandsonwal @KirenRijiju @himantabiswa,” Das tweeted.
Friends it’s high time to stand together & support people who need us. I am contributing 1 month of my salary to Assam Govt. in Assam Arogya Nidhi Account made to safeguard the health of people in the wake of Covid-19. @narendramodi @sarbanandsonwal @KirenRijiju @himantabiswa
— Hima (mon jai) (@HimaDas8) March 26, 2020
Kiren Rijiju, India’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports heaped praise on Hima as he tweeted:
Great gesture @HimaDas8 🙏
Your hard-earned one month's salary means a lot and it will be very purposeful! #IndiaFightsCorona https://t.co/uLXTDhBBPt
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 26, 2020
As per the latest reports of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of Coronavirus in the country has risen to 694 with 16 confirmed deaths so far. There have been more than 88 cases in the last 24 hours which is the highest record on a single day in India till now. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had termed the Coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic two weeks ago on March 11.
Hima Das rose to fame last year after winning five gold medals in various track & field events. She has won gold medals in 100m, 200m, 400m, and 4*400 m relay events. Due to her imminent success at such a young age, she got the job as an HR officer in the Indian Oil Corporation. So the one month salary that she would receive from the company would directly be transferred to the Assam Government’s COVID-19 Emergency Funds.