'I had a great time playing football with these cute little kids in Bhutan.'
Sachin Tendulkar has embarked on a unique journey to Bhutan.
India's cricketing icon, accompanied by wife Anjali, is in the landlocked country in the Himalayas to spread awareness about the UNICEF Handwash initiative.
The Tendulkars lit 108 diyas as they spent quality time at a monastery in Bhutan.
The cricketer shared the video himself on his Twitter timeline and wrote, "Got to spend some time at this beautiful monastery in Bhutan. Lit a 108 diyas, enjoyed spending time with the monks, and just soaked in the vibrations of the prayers.”
During his visit the former India cricketer met with Bhutan’s interim Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Wangchuk and interacted with the country's national cricket team earlier on Monday.
Tendulkar also visited a government school and played different sports with kids, and talked about importance of handwashing; he also played friendly game with the Bhutan cricket team.
"I had a great time playing football with these cute little kids in Bhutan. After the game, we washed our hands with soap to demonstrate that playing is important but what’s even more important is to wash our hands after any activity, especially before eating food," Tendulkar said.
Tendulkar has been associated with UNICEF for more than a decade now and supported various causes of the organization.
In 2003, he threw his weight behind an initiative focused at creating awareness about polio and polio prevention in India. He was also involved with UNICEF’s initiative to promote hygiene and sanitation in communities in 2008.
In 2013, Tendulkar was appointed UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia to advocate this important cause all over the region.