Batting legend Tendulkar helps telethon raise Rs. 7 crore for schools

The raised money will be used for creating toilets for girls and facilities for drinking water, rainwater harvesting, and sports and games in each of the schools © Getty Images

 

By CricketCountry Staff

 

Mumbai: Sep 19, 2011

 

India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar helped a telethon in Mumbai raise Rs7 crore – Rs2 crore more than the target on Sunday for the creation of basic facilities, particularly toilets for girl students, in 140 government schools across the country.

 

He dedicated nine hours of the day to the 12-hour Coca-Cola-NDTV Support My School telethon on Sunday. He also answered questions from schoolchildren ranging from improving their game to balancing their studies with sports.

 

NDTV CHIEF Pranoy Roy said, “We’ve seen Sachin the batsman, we’ve seen Sachin the sportsperson, but today, we are seeing Sachin the human being.”

 

Sachin gave some valuable tips to the young students present at the show.

 

 “Preparation (before a game) is very important. Every failure is a motivation,” he said.

 

“It is important to switch on and off. When you are playing cricket, think only cricket. When you are studying, think only about studying.

 

“Honesty and sincerity will take you miles. There are no shortcuts (in making your way to or up the team).

 

“Always think of winning. This will generate energy in your body,” said the little master.

 

Child prodigy of movie Taare Zameen Par requested Sachin to play some of his famous strokes which was happily obliged by the batting maestro.

 

The target of Rs. 5 crore was exceeded by the last minute donation by Nita Ambani on behalf of Reliance Foundation, Rs. 1.35 crore from UNHABITAT and Rs. 90 lakhs from an unnamed NRI in Singapore.

 

The money will be used, at Rs500, 000 per school, for creating toilets for girls and facilities for drinking water, rainwater harvesting, and sports and games in each of the schools.

 

Moreover, Pearson, an international publishing house vowed to create 500 book libraries in 100 schools while inverter maker Luminous pledged 100 inverters and batteries.