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Aus athletes raise Rs 4 lakh for charity

Australian athletes, who dominated the just-concluded Commonwealth Games, have raised Rs four lakh for the poor and unprivileged children of the national capital.

delhi Updated: Oct 15, 2010 21:27 IST

Australian athletes, who dominated the just-concluded Commonwealth Games, have raised Rs four lakh for the poor and unprivileged children of the national capital.

The money will be donated to two NGOs -- AASHA and KATHA -- that work for the poor children in the national capital.

Half of the donations will go to ASHA, an organisation providing holistic care to a number of slum colonies across Delhi, while the rest will be given KATHA to support their efforts of educating slum children, a release from Australian High Commission said.

"After such an enjoyable time in Delhi, the Australian athletes were keen to give something back," said Australian High Commissioner Peter Verghese.

"We have worked with both ASHA and KATHA previously and know they do excellent work," he added.

Parvinder Kaur of KATHA was delighted to learn about the donation. "It is so kind of the athletes to find time to collect this money in between their busy competition schedules," she said.

Kiran Martin, founder and director of ASHA, also thanked the Australian team for the effort.