Delhi Daredevils 'Dare to Care' in Hyderabad
Under a novel and noble initiative by the UNICEF, for the protection and empowerment of adolescent girls in India, the Delhi Daredevils team visited a government-run girls' home in Hyderabad, on Wednesday, interacted with the inmates to learn stories of their struggle and even played cricket with them.
The visit was part of the 'Dare to Care' program launched by UNICEF in partnership with the Delhi team to bring issues of the Indian girl child in focus.
Irfan Pathan, who was the blue-eyed boy at the event, termed it as an amazing experience.
"It was an amazing experience to know about the struggle of these young girls. Though their lives have been full of challenges, they are very confident and hopeful about their future. They are so confident; look at the way they talked before so many people," said Pathan.
Image: Irfan Pathan
Handicapped girl Teja the favourite
Irfan, who carried a handicapped girl Teja on his shoulders, was moved by her story.
"She is my favourite girl -- Teja! She told me she wants to be a doctor, and from her eyes I know she will surely become a doctor. She is so confident," said the ace pacer.
Irfan, who was accompanied by team mate Venugopal Rao and coach Eric Simmons, said it was a matter of great pride for him and the team to be part of the program.
"Unicef is doing a very good job and the teachers of this institution have done a good job. I want to congratulate them," he added.
Image: Irfan Pathan
'Every child needs education, but girl children even more'
Irfan committed that he, in his personal capacity, and the Delhi Daredevil team will do everything possible to help the cause of the girl child.
"I think that only education can solve the problem of the girl child. Every child needs education, but girl children even more," he said.
Under the partnership with Unicef, which started a couple of months back, the Delhi Daredevils team will wear the 'Dare to Care' logo during all their matches and also extend financial assistance.
Image: Irfan Pathan and Eric Simons