The Virat Kohli Foundation (VKF) will set up two animal shelters on the outskirts of Mumbai as a part of its animal welfare project. The organization run by the India captain has collaborated with Vivaldis Health & Foods Private Ltd in an aim to ‘support stray animals’. Awaaz -Voice of Stray Animals, a Mumbai-based NGO, is the implementation partner for this project.
The two shelters will be built in Malad and Boisar and will be run by Awaaz (VOSA). The Boisar shelter will be a permanent shelter and will home the blind /paralyzed / handicapped animals. A total of 20,000 sq. ft will be used for constructing the Boisar shelter.
The Malad shelter will be a temporary rehabilitation center and will be used to treat and foster injured/ wounded animals (dogs & cats) until they recover, and it will stretch for about 3500 sq. ft. Two ambulances will be sponsored by Virat Kohli for rescuing stray animals.
“It is our dream to create a safer space for the stray animals of our city and I am happy to be taking on this project with Vivaldis and Awaaz, and working with like-minded people to create some facilities to help these animals,” Virat Kohli said.
I have a good feeling this time around: Virat Kohli
The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper is ‘very optimistic’ of his side’s chances in IPL 2021, which commences on April 9th. Virat Kohli’s team will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in Chennai in the season opener.
RCB finished 4th on the points table in IPL 2020 and was knocked out by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator, and have lost thrice in the final previously. They have invested a huge amount of money in overseas players – Kyle Jamieson (INR 15 crore), Glenn Maxwell (INR 14.25 crore), Daniel Christian (INR 4.8 crore) – to help them end their title drought.
“It feels surreal. Honestly, it doesn’t feel like we went away for too long as there was a lot of cricket in between as well but yeah, very excited that we are playing in India again. Although in a different way, in a different setting. I am very optimistic and yes I have a good feeling this time around,” Virat Kohli said in a video posted on the franchise’s official Twitter handle.