Chennaiyin FC striker Jeje Lalpekhlua is doing his part to aid in the fight against the continuing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
With the entire nation under lockdown and everybody urged to stay inside, the India global felt that this was the best way he could promote the cause.
“Due to this lockdown, blood units are not readily available today. The hospital connected with the Young Mizo Association (YMA) seeking help. The information reached me, and I knew instantly what I needed to do,” that the 29-year-old said in an interview with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) web site.
“Upon receiving the advice, we chalked out our plan. We headed to the hospital from the Durtlang branch of YMA. From 33 who had reported, 27 were deemed fit to donate. It’s not about me or somebody else, it is all about the human race that should fight together today, more than ever,” Jeje added.
The Young Mizo Association (YMA) is the largest NGO in Mizoram which mostly works in the state as well as in a few areas of the other state countries. In fact, this is not the first time that Jeje has included in philanthropic pursuits. He’s risen to the event many occasions, whenever the situation has demanded.
“It is so satisfying that I’ve been able to play a little role. I thank the Almighty for giving me the power. Someone needed to stand by them. When a hospital is falling short of blood components, we will need to help. We all have to play our part throughout the catastrophe. The most difficult part, I understand is to keep at home. But it’s very necessary. The longer we remain at home, the faster will India cure,” that the Mizo striker said.
The striker missed out the entirety of this Hero ISL 2019-20 season because of an accident as his team Chennaiyin FC went to reach the final but finally fell short against ATK FC from the title decider.
Jeje, who last played for India in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, was called up by national team head coach Igor Stimac for the National Camp for the World Cup qualifier against Qatar, which was eventually postponed as a result of continuing situation.