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COVID-19 Fight: Brett Lee donates a Bitcoin to help buy oxygen for hospitals in India, calls country his second home

Brett Lee's donation comes a day after Australian cricketer Pat Cummins contributed $50,000 towards the PM-CARES fund.

April 28, 2021 / 08:22 AM IST
Former Australian paceman Brett Lee (File image)

Former Australian paceman Brett Lee (File image)

Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee on April 27 announced a donation of one Bitcoin as his contribution in India's fight against COVID-19.

"I feel privileged to be in a position of making a difference and with that in mind, I'd like to donate 1 BTC (Bitcoin) to Crypto Relief to help with the purchase of oxygen supplies for the hospitals across India," Lee said. The value of one Bitcoin currently hovers around Rs 41 lakh-mark in India.

"India has always been like a second home for me. The love and affection that I have got from the people of this country both during my professional career and even after my retirement, holds a special place in my heart. It saddens me deeply to see people suffering due to the ongoing pandemic," Lee added.

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The erstwhile Australian paceman, who has also been a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL), said those in a position to help must "ensure we do as much as we can to help the ones in need". Lee also paid homage to the frontline workers "who have been working round the clock during these tough times".

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"I request people to please take care, stay at home, wash your hands and head out only if absolutely necessary, wear a mask and maintain social distancing," he added.

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Lee's one Bitcoin donation comes a day after Australian Test cricket team Vice Captain Pat Cummins announced a donation of $50,000 towards PM-CARES fund, which was created by the Indian government in March last year to seek contribution for the country's battle against coronavirus. "Well done Pat Cummins for the initiative yesterday," Lee said.

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