A collective effort to support those suffering can prolong the joy and positivity sport always provided – even in its absence. As the lights turn off at the stadiums and sports halls across the country many Indian football clubs stepped in and help the medical administration’s.
Mohun Bagan and East Bengal has donated 20 and 30 lakh INR to the state relief fund to help fight the Covid 19 pandemic.
Earlier Real Kashmir FC stepped in to help Jammu and Kashmir administration as well as Indian Army by providing PPE kits and Masks.
Following the suits now Dempo Sports Club has announced that the Golden Eagles will proudly bear the words “Thank You Goa’s Covid Warriors” on their Home and Away jerseys for the upcoming 2020-21 Football Season.
The Dempo group of companies having already joined the fight against Covid 19, contributing Rs. 1 Crore & Rs. 20 Lakhs to the PM Cares Fund and the CM Covid Fund respectively, thought to, in its small personal way, to also involve Dempo Sports Club, in its bid to acknowledge and thank the service, commitment and courage demonstrated by the men and women that continue to fight this new disease with great vigour, sacrifice and success.
In a show of solidarity and respect towards these brave men and women, the Club will have the words “Thank You Goa’s Covid Warriors” in the space usually occupied by the main sponsor. The “Dempo” name will move to the back of the jersey.
This is a humble attempt to show our appreciation for the efforts these men and women, who battle at the frontlines of this pandemic, which allows us citizens to go about our lives from the comforts of our homes.
Speaking at the presentation, Mr. Shrinivas Dempo, Chairman of the Dempo Group said:
“This is our way to say thank you and pay a tribute to all Goa’s COVID Warriors that have done a fantastic job, be it health, police or various NGO’s, that have, in this time of this epidemic, continued to achieve phenomenal results whilst working under immense stress. This will also serve as a message to every citizen of the state, that we all need to play our part if we are to come out of this together. This message will be displayed across all our teams, Senior and Youth Development sides in the new season, year-round. “
Goa’s Chief Minister, Dr. Pramod Sawant said: “As you witnessed this inauguration, which is to show thanks to the front line warriors fighting Covid19, I would like to congratulate and thank Mr. Dempo for this initiative, who with Dempo Sports Club has always contributed to the state in various ways and today has done so in this unique way.”
Health Minister, Shri. Vishwajit Rane added: “As spoken by the honourable Chief Minister, Mr. Dempo my good friend has dedicated this jersey to our COVID Warriors and I thank him for this gesture, as our front line continues their good work to make Goa a Green Zone again.”
Dr. S. M. Bandekar, Dean of Goa Medical College added: “I would like to congratulate Dempo Sports Club for such a wonderful idea and my sincere thanks to Mr. Shrinivas Dempo for such a very heart touching gesture from the club, to forgo the front space which is meant for their publicity, and give this to the front line COVID workers, which I think is the greatest of sacrifice on behalf of a sports club.“
Lastly, the Club would like to re-emphasises the need to follow all rules and regulations laid down by the Government, as we look to work together.