The Wankhede Stadium today turned into a sea of blue as Mumbai Indians hosted a group of 18,000 underprivileged children, providing them the experience of watching an IPL game as part of its 'Education For All' initiative. To support the cause of equal and rightful education for every child in the society, Mumbai Indians each year dedicates one of its home matches exclusive for these underprivileged children. Started in 2010 through partnership with various NGOs, Reliance Foundation and Mumbai Indians have positively impacted the lives of over 1,00,000 (one lakh) underprivileged children in support of their education, MI said in a release. Nita Ambani, chairperson at Reliance Foundation, and Mumbai Indians owner, recently credited the success of EFA as the biggest win for her. "Mumbai Indians has emerged as champions both in cricket and in spirit. For me, personally, one of the greatest wins has been our 'Education For All' initiative.
In this tenth year of Mumbai Indians, we are celebrating yet another milestone of positively impacting lives of 1 lakh underprivileged children through EFA," she said during Mumbai Indians' 10 years' celebration recently. Reliance Foundation made elaborate arrangements to ensure every single aspect is looked into for the comfort of the children, said the release. "A total of 414 BEST and private busses, with over 2000 volunteers, were deployed to transport the children to the stadium and back. Over 100,000 food boxes, sufficient availability of water and beverages and a medical team has been deployed to support throughout the event," the release added.