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RPS is winning hearts of people for their contribution towards Paraplegic Indian Soldiers

This IPL season, Team Rising Pune Supergiant has pledged to bestow their love and support towards the differently-able soldiers for their unparalleled service to the country. They have started an initiative in partnership with the crowdfunding website Ketto to extend Lifelong care for 100% paraplegic and quadriplegic disabled soldiers including psychological and Medicare at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre. They also wish to develop and upgrade physiotherapy and hydrotherapy facilities essential to preserve their existing muscular capability for continued survival in present condition.

The Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre which was inaugurated by former President Shri Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed in 1974, provides after-care and medical aid, including free boarding, lodging and financial rehabilitation, to Paraplegics/Tetraplegics.  Such patients thus become the residents and model of this Centre. The residents have performed exceptionally at both the national and international level and made their mark on sports such as Wheelchair Basketball, Para Badminton, Archery, Table tennis, swimming and Fine arts. And the immaculate contributions of the soldiers – after both pre and post injury – has helped them gather supporters across the nation. The centre had a miraculous impact on the way of life of these soldiers, who were once thought to be lost. The residents with their ability and motto To Perform have excelled themselves in their own chosen fields especially with the patronage of The Paralympic Committee of India.

According to PRC Medical Head, Dr Colonel R K Mukherjee, “disabled soldiers, even after initial treatment, require lifelong medical care to prevent complications of urinary tract infection leading to kidney failure, bedsores and pneumonia. Hence, there is the need for Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre for these unfortunate disabled comrades-in-arms.”

The Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre

He also quoted that, “The initiative take by the IPL Team Rising Pune Supergiant is extremely great since it involves people from different fields of interest be it cricket, army, crowdfunding and yes the whole of India. This gesture has reminded us that the differently-abled soldiers are still HEROES”.The cricketers will also visit the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Pune where they will interact with the differently abled soldiers and the soldiers would also witness Pune’s match on 22nd April, live from the stadium.

And the initiative taken up Rising Pune Supergiant is indeed going to set an example for many influential individuals – across a wide spectrum – to partake in something that can bring about a change in lives of hundreds and can become an example of a match well played, off the field. You can show your support by contributing here.


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