Lalitpur Patriots to bat for Period Power

Kathmandu, November 20

Lalitpur Patriots, one of the six teams of the TVS Everest Premier League, today joined hands with Water Aid as part of their corporate social responsibility.

“Every team of the EPL needs to have a social partner under the CSR and we are proud to have on board the organization which has been working in the field of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene,” said Lalitpur Patriots President Kishore Maharjan, whose team will be promoting Period Power campaign during the premier Twenty20 cricket tournament.

“This is a noble cause and our team members will be helping in raising awareness in the society regarding the menstruation and the access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene during the period,” said Maharjan. “As per the contract, each member of the team is responsible to support the campaign. The players in our team have a huge fan following and we will utilise that platform to disseminate the information to the society,” he added.

Country Director at Water Aid, Tripti Rai said they wanted to bring change in the society through the campaign and hoped the association with Lalitpur Patriots would be fruitful. “We want to bring change in society and we agreed to join hands with Lalitpur Patriots to promote campaign through sports,” she said. “This is just beginning and we are planning to have a women’s cricket team to promote the campaign.”

Period Power campaign coordinator Shikha Shrestha said Water Aid wanted to raise awareness among the people. “Access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene during menstruation is crucial and 21 per cent of the girls are deprived of education only because of poor management in schools,” she said. Water Aid will be spending a total of Rs 600,000 through Lalitpur Patriots to promote the campaign.

The EPL features six city-based franchise teams and they will compete against each other in the round robin tournament. The winners will be richer by Rs 2.1 million. The teams have already picked marquee player and 10 cricketers through auction for the tournament which will be played at the TU Stadium next month.