AB de Villiers to mentor underprivileged children from 'Make a Difference' NGO in India
"India has been incredibly kind to me over the years, and I am always looking for ways to give something back", de Villiers told.
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One of South Africa‘s greatest batters, AB de Villiers is collaborating with Make a Difference (MAD), which is one of the most popular NGOs in India, to help underprivileged children shape their careers. De Villiers has always had a strong connection with India as he had been part of the IPL for years with Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has a huge fan base in India, and people gathered in numbers to see him for his breathtaking skills.
The NGO has been taking care of youngsters from age 10 to 28, who are in need of financial support to continue their studies and careers. The programme is volunteer-driven, and de Villiers will be taking care of 18-year-old Ayan from Lucknow, who wants to play cricket at the under-19 level having finished school. The former Proteas captain will also take responsibility for Anitha, a 21-year-old journalism student in Bengaluru, to pursue her career.
India has been incredibly kind to me over the years: AB de Villiers
De Villiers noted about the country’s kindness to him so far and revealed his desire to do something in return. He was delighted to be associated with MAD and heaped praises on the NGO for its work so far.
“India has been incredibly kind to me over the years, and I am always looking for ways to give something back. I am happy to be associated with MAD and will mentor two young people supported by the team. The NGO offers consistent support to children born into extremely difficult circumstances until they break the cycle of poverty. Their work is incredible,” he was quoted as saying by DNA India.
Meanwhile, Jithin Nedumala, Co-founder and CEO of Make a Difference, explained the uniqueness of MAD and was delighted with De Villiers’ collaboration with them. “The uniqueness of our model lies in its being volunteer-driven and we are simply delighted at having a global sporting icon like AB de Villiers supporting us. Mr. 360, as he is fondly known in India, and his support for our organisation will further strengthen our resolve to help children in need of care and protection. Thank you, AB.”
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