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Pat Cummins Cancels PM CARES Donation & Contributes To UNICEF Instead, Leaves Fans Divided

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On Monday, Australian ace pacer Pat Cummins issued a clarification from his official Twitter handle that he had decided to donate $50,000 to UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal.

Terrific work @CricketAus

FYI I ended up allocating my donation to UNICEF Australia's India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal.

If you're able to, please join many others in supporting this here https://t.co/SUvGjlGRm8 https://t.co/1c0NE9PFdO

— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) May 3, 2021

Last month, the 27-year-old had become a beacon of hope, a catalyst for international cricketers and other celebrities to start donating towards India’s battle against the ruthless second wave of the coronavirus in the country when he informed his fans about his donation.

In the tweet, Cummins had mentioned that he had made his contribution towards the PM CARES program and had urged more and more people to do the same.

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— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) April 26, 2021

"There has been quite a bit of discussion over here as to whether it is appropriate for the IPL to continue while COVID-19 infection rates remain high," Cummins wrote. "I'm advised that the Indian Government is of the view that playing the IPL while the population is in lockdown provides a few hours of joy and respite each day at an otherwise difficult time for the country." 

"As players, we are privileged to have a platform that allows us to reach millions of people that we can use for good. With that in mind, I have made a contribution to the 'PM Cares Fund,' specifically to purchase oxygen supplies for India's hospitals."

"I encourage my fellow IPL players - and anyone around else the world who has been touched by India's passion and generosity - to contribute. I will kick it off with $50,000," he wrote.

"At times like this it is easy to feel helpless. I've certainly felt that of late. But I hope by making this public appeal we can all channel our emotions into action that will bring light into people's lives.I know my donation isn't much in the grand scheme of things, but I hope it will make a difference to someone."

While fans thanked the young Australian for his consideration and empathy towards the country, many told him that he should not have donated to the PM CARES program and that he would have been better off giving the money to some of the other NGOs instead.

Thank you Pat. You're a great guy. Just that don't put the money in PM Cares. Repeated RTIs have led to the open announcement that it's not accountable to anyone and any funds allocation won't be disclosed. Pls donate to any of the other numerous charities that are accountable.

— Abijit Ganguly (@AbijitG) April 26, 2021

Why would you pay to pmcares? He is already not sharing that money with people. It is a private fund with no auditing

— ‎پربھا (@deepsealioness) April 26, 2021

Thank you Pat, but you just wasted your money by donating to PM Care fund...He doesn't care at all...It would be great if you had donated this amount to some NGOs.

— Md Asif Khan‏‎‎‎‎‎‎ (@imMAK02) April 26, 2021

Don't contribute to PM care fund because he is using that for his election campaign and for buying MLAs of opposition parties and he is the one who is responsible for this mess.

— Shahnawaz Choudhary (@Shahnawaz_JK) April 26, 2021

Thanks Pat. U r terrific bowler & human being. Ur gesture speaks volume about you. However, please don't donate the money to PM Cares. Multiple RTI's, court cases have shown PM Cares is not transparent & is a private entity. Rather donate to hospitals & those working on ground.

— N Sai Balaji | ఎన్ సాయి బాలాజీ (@nsaibalaji) April 26, 2021

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