The dreaded ‘Day Zero’ is approaching the fate of Cape Town, the city which is facing the worst water crisis ever and has become the first city in world to run out of the last drop of water. To aid the city with worst drought, the Indian and South African cricket teams have made donations worth $8500.
While push-back of Cape Town’s Day Zero from April 16 to May 11, when all the taps across the city will be turned off might be a good news, the risk is still looming over. So in order to help it out, Indian and South African cricket teams have donated about USD 8,500 at Johannesburg. The donation will be used to supply bottled water and drilling bore-wells for the residents of drought-struck Cape Town. On Sunday, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and his South African counterpart Faf du Plessis made the donation of 100,000 Rand to the Gift of the Givers Foundation at the third T20 International cricket match at the Newlands Stadium.
The donation was made after both Indian and South African team faced first-hand experience of the water crisis in Cape Town. That was when they decided to get together sign off some jerseys which can be auctioned and the money raised could be donated to raise funds for Cape Town water. The donation made for the Gift of the Givers Foundation was accepted by Imtiaz Sooliman, the Chairman of the Foundation which is the largest disaster relief organisation of the African continent. Upon receiving the donations, Sooliman said that their organisation appreciates the efforts made by Indian and South African teams and will put the donations in good use that reaches to people.
Most part of the funds will be used to dig bore-wells in the city, especially to supply water to the homes for the mentally and physically challenged, cerebral palsy and orphanages. The donations made by the cricket teams will also help in creating awareness and hope among other organisations and sports groups to follow these footsteps and step up towards helping the country in despair – by joint efforts.