Mumbai, INDIA – Members of the star-studded Mumbai Indians cricket team gave pupils at a city school a surprise visit to judge a drawing competition organised by sponsors Etihad Airways.
Harbhajan Singh and Kieron Pollard were
among the star players who turned up at Gopi Birla Memorial School in South
Mumbai, bringing smiles all round.
By entering the competition ‘My Dream
Destination’ more than 150 children, aged 10 to 12 years, had a chance to
win some great prizes, including merchandise and tickets to see their
cricketing heroes in action.
The winners were announced by the
cricketers-turned judges who also spent time with the pupils and teachers
signing autographs and taking pictures.
Mitvi Dattani, aged 12, whose drawing of
Disneyland was adjudged the winning piece of art, was the lucky pupil chosen to
be part of the traditional coin toss ceremony at Mumbai Indians’ recent home
match against Rising Pune Supergiants at Wankhede Stadium.
Currently at the top of the 10th
edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Mumbai Indians are looking for a
third IPL title after successes in 2013 and 2015.
Neerja Bhatia, Etihad Airways Vice
President Indian Subcontinent, said: “Etihad Airways has a strong commitment to
the community, continuing to look at ways to forge links between our
promotional activities in the cities we fly to, and the local communities we
serve. It was therefore with great joy and delight that we were able to bring
together children at Gopi Birla Memorial School and their Mumbai Indians
cricketing heroes for a fun morning.”
Principal at Gopi Birla Memorial School, added: “With summer vacations round
the corner, My Dream Destination was an apt competition theme created by
Etihad Airways for our grade 5 to 7 students. The presence of their favourite
IPL cricketers was like a cherry on the top especially for
the prize winners. Kudos to the IPL cricketers for taking time out of their
busy schedule to interact with the children. Heartfelt thanks also to
the Etihad Airways team for making it possible for my students to meet their
dream role models.”
A Mumbai Indians spokesperson said: "My Dream
Destination was an extension of Etihad Airways and Mumbai Indians’ partnership
over the years. Mumbai Indians are happy to associate with a noble idea and it
is always a pleasure for our players to meet kids, share their enthusiasm and
help fulfil their dreams.”
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is lending
its support for the fourth year running to one of the most successful franchise
teams and one of India’s biggest sports brands, the Vivo Indian Premier League
(IPL) T20 cricket tournament.
Mumbai Indians are once again captained by
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma and coached for the first time by Sri Lanka’s
former captain Mahela Jayawardena. Star players include Sri Lankan fast bowler
Lasith Malinga, New Zealand paceman Mitchell McClenaghan, England
batsman-keeper Joss Buttler and West Indies’ World Cup T20 winner Lendl
Simmons.Video highlights: Watch the Mumbai Indians surprise pupils at Gopi Birla Memorial School
in Mumbai by clicking: https://youtu.be/FKZTPvF_yLA