Mumbai, April 17: As part of their "Education For All" initiative, Mumbai Indians (MI) hosted 18,000 underprivileged children at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday (April 16) for their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match against Gujarat Lions (GL).
MI's home stadium turned into a sea of blue as fans cheered and waved the team's flags. It was a memorable outing for the underprivileged kids as they watched MI-GL contest live. (IPL 10 results, scorecards)
The Rohit Sharma-led side did not disappoint them and thousands of other spectators as they defeated GL by 6 wickets for 4th victory in a row. (Match scorecard)
To support the cause of equal and rightful education for every child in the society, MI, each year, dedicate one of their home matches exclusive for these underprivileged children. (MI celebrate 10 years in IPL)
Started in the year 2010 through a partnership with various NGOs, Reliance Foundation and MI have impacted the lives of over 100,000 underprivileged children in support of their education.
Nita Ambani, Chairperson Reliance Foundation and owner of MI franchise recently credited the success of "EFA" as the biggest win for her.
"Mumbai Indians has emerged as champions both in cricket and in spirit. For me, personally, one of the greatest wins has been our 'Education For All' initiative. In this tenth year of Mumbai Indians, we are celebrating yet another milestone of positively impacting lives of 1 lakh underprivileged children through EFA," she said during recent MI's 10 years celebration.
"Reliance Foundation made elaborate arrangements to ensure every single aspect is looked into for the comfort of the children. A total of 414 BEST and private busses, with over 2,000 volunteers were deployed to transport the children to the stadium and back.
"Over 100,000 food boxes, sufficient availability of water and beverages and a medical team has been deployed to support throughout the event," MI said in a press release.