Mumbai: Hrithik Roshan who read reports about Indian para-athletes not having access to adequate facilities and funding decided to raise over 20 lakh for four para-athletes who are keen to participate in the Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro Brazil next year.
Hrithik will raise funds as a gesture for swimmers Sharath Gayakwad and Niranjan Mukundan, and powerlifters Sakina Khatun and Rajinder Singh Rahelu.
Hrithik got in touch with his friend Kunal Kapoor who runs a fund raising organisation for athletes. Kunal put him in touch with the organisation who in particular raises funds for para-athletes. Hrithik will raise money through his brand HRX …Hrithik will tie-up with other brands to raise a sum of over 20 lakh in two months. The money will be used to fund these athletes for the 2016 Rio Paralympics,” says a source
Hrithik says, “Early in April, when I read reports about the treatment to para athletes at a sports meet, I was deeply saddened, but empowered to make a change. That’s when my team and I decided to help them realise their dream through a crowd-funding initiative. We not only want to raise funds for their training, but also create awareness amongst corporates and the masses about supporting Indian para-athletes. Through this, we want to celebrate their spirit and courage and create an example for others to follow.”