Ubaid CK, who won the I-League this season with Gokulam Kerala FC, has joined his state’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by auctioning off his league winning jersey to raise funds for the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.
The I-League winning goalkeeper raised over Rs. 33,000 by auctioning off that memorable jersey and he is going to direct all of that towards the state’s relief fund.
The Kerala Government has already made the vaccination free for everyone in the state, but Ubaid still believes that the citizens who are capable of helping the government in these difficult times should come forward to do so.
He auctioned off his jersey for a good cause but it wasn’t an easy decision for him. The 31-year-old was involved in some title chases for the last few seasons.
“This I-League title was a historic one (for the state of Kerala). I have always dreamt of winning the title. Being a Malayali and winning it for a club from my state means a lot to me. So this jersey was also quite special to me, almost like a piece of heart,” Ubaid said in an official AIFF release.
“I thought about hanging it in my house as a sovereign. But then some of my friends approached me with this idea. I thought that it would be put to better use this way. So I decided to auction it,” he added.
Ubaid talked about his initiative further and said that his main motive is “to garner more support for the COVID treatment from the people who can donate money.”
“As a result, we are seeing that almost everyone who is able to donate some money is contributing heavily to the CM’s Relief Fund.”
“These are difficult times, and we can only overcome this situation by helping each other. I urge everyone that is able to help others, to go ahead and do it,” he concluded.