New Delhi: The International Cricket Council's elite panel of umpires today made a donation of USD 10,000 to the Voluntary Health Services, a service that provides free healthcare for underprivileged people living in Chennai.
Members of the panel -- Rod Tucker, S Ravi Paul Reiffel and Chris Gaffney --, on behalf of their colleagues, presented the cheque to the representatives of the VHS here.
"We are delighted to make a small contribution to what has been a marvellous work by VHS in Chennai," said Tucker.
"Providing free healthcare to underprivileged areas of Indian society is a huge service to the local community. Through its dedication and commitment, VHS has been able to treat about 70 per cent of its patients at no cost to them.
This truly is an outstanding work, which has received little recognition.
VHS was initiated by Dr K S Sanjivi, an eminent physician.
The ICC umpires have supported chosen charities for the last seven years.
Donations include USD 10,000 to Operation Cleft and the United Kingdom's Motor Neuron Disease Research during the ICC World Twenty20 2009 and 2014, respectively and one million to Sri Lanka's Chitra Lane charity during the ICC World Twenty20 2012.