Former South African captain AB de Villiers has collaborated with a leading Indian NGO named Make a Difference (MAD) to help underprivileged children realize their career potential.
De Villiers, who played for the Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL, has signed up with Make a Difference (MAD) as a volunteer.
Notably, the NGO helps 3,500 children every year across India through its unique Prosperity Model, driven by 4,000 volunteers.
The MGO is working with children in need of care and protection across the country. They help children from the age of 10 up until they turn 28 years of age and settle down in life with stable income levels.
Speaking about his association with MAD, AB de Villiers said: “India has been incredibly kind to me over the years, and I am always looking for ways to give something back. I am happy to be associated with MAD and will mentor two young people supported by the team.”
The Proteas legend further added, “The NGO offers consistent support to children born into extremely difficult circumstances until they break the cycle of poverty. Their work is incredible.”
Meanwhile, Jithin Nedumala, co-founder and CEO of MAD said: “The uniqueness of our model lies in its being volunteer-driven and we are simply delighted at having a global sporting icon like AB de Villiers supporting us. Mr. 360, as he is fondly known in India, and his support for our organization will further strengthen our resolve to help children in need of care and protection.”
Notably, De Villiers will mentor two beneficiaries over the next six months – 18-year-old Ayan from Lucknow, who has just finished school and wants to play cricket at the under-19 level and possibly for India, and Anitha, who is 21 years old and studying journalism in Bangalore.
(With TOI Inputs)