As a part of Reliance Foundation’s Education for All (EFA) program, its Chairperson and owner of Mumbai Indians team, Nita Ambani, had booked the entire Wankhede stadium for underprivileged students. The children,supported by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools, were brought at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium to witness T20 match of the eighth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad, last Saturday.
Excitement of the children
The differently-abled children enjoyed the match sitting on Level I of the Garware Pavilion. Watching the match live in the stadium turned their dreams into reality.
There were 17,000 underprivileged children including 200 special children and 12 autistic children, who came on wheelchair. They were the ones who seemed to be most excited. A child named Hussain Morkas saw the match from the air-conditioned Corporate Box. The 15-year-old expressed his excitement by saying that he could not sleep even for a moment, the previous night. He said that he had never watched a match live from the stadium before and had always wished for it.
His father, resident of Byculla, had also accompanied him and was watching the match from outside the box. He was overwhelmed on seeing the excitement of his son. He informed that his son is a huge cricket fan and always insisted on taking him to a stadium. He further added that he never saw his son so happy.
The social initiative of EFA began in 2010. Now, the program has spread across the nation. Mumbai Indians team had been dedicating its home match to this noble cause since past few years. For the first time, the team has invited and made special provision for 200 special children.
The EFA initiative has now turned out to be a huge program. In its five years, the initiative has supported more than 70,000 underprivileged children by providing them education. These also include school drop outs.
Arrangement made for the children
Reliance Foundation made all the possible arrangements for the comfort of the children. 414 BEST and private buses were used so that the children could travel comfortably to and fro. 2000 volunteers looked after them.
Around 1 lakh food boxes were arranged and each kid was provided with 5 food boxes. Water and beverage was also present in abundant quantity. Besides, 1 medial team consisting of doctors and nurses, 4 medical centers and 10 first aid centers were arranged.
Reliance Foundation’s commitment
Reliance Foundation is a strong believer and supports the cause of Sports for Social Cause. Both Reliance Foundation and Mumbai Indians are striving to transform the way these underprivileged children learn. They are working hard to give them the right kind of quality education.
For greater success of this noble cause, Reliance Foundation uses its large global fan base. Through this, it boosts the awareness about the prevailing social problem. This helps it to get the support of its fans and sponsors.