Tendulkar to double educational charity

Published: Thursday, June 4, 2009, 13:59 [IST]
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Sachin to double educational charity

Mumbai: Treading his father's path on social responsibilities, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said he will sponsor the education of 200 children, who are part of a Non-Governmental Organisation.

Sachin, who is already taking care of 200 children from the same NGO Apnalaya, said he always looked up to his father in trying to understand his social responsibilities. "There is no better source of inspiration for me than my father. Growing up as a child, I saw my father, a professor, pay for the education of our 'paperwala', who could not afford it. This is in a family where every penny mattered," the master batsman said at a press conference here.

"Whoever turned up at our house, be it the watchman or the postman, would not be allowed to leave without having a cup of tea, which my father served," he said, adding "These incidents taught me all about caring for others. I have learnt from my father and I'm proud of it".

"I'm trying to double my givings and contributing in whatever way I can. I will pay for the education of 200 children as a part of the 'Joy of Giving Week' campaign," he said in support of the programme conceptualised by another NGO, GiveIndia, to promote charity.

When asked about the the 'Joy of Giving Week' campaign that aims to induce people from all walks of life to donate money, time or simple acts of kindness would be a success, Tendulkar said only heartless people would fail to support the campaign.


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