As Mizoram is gearing up for Christmas, Indian ace striker Jeje Lalpekhlua has doled out more than lakhs of rupees for a local Hnahthial charity.
The Chennaiyin FC striker has also given more than two lakhs rupess for charity in his home town of Hnahthial in the southern Lunglei district of Mizoram.
Though the ace striker is busy playing Indian Super League at the moment, his father F Liankima doles out the charity money on his behalf.
“A total of 50 families benefitted from my son’s charity, 49 families were given in cash and one family was given a water connection,” F Liankima said.
Jeje Lalpekhlua is also the third highest goal scorer in the Indian Super League and he won the Emerging Player of the League in the 2015 Indian Super League season. In 2015, he won the I-league with Mohun Bagan and the Indian Super League with Chennaiyin FC and was subsequently named the FPAI Football Player of the Year.
Born and brought up in Hnahthial, a small town in southern Mizoram 87 km from the Capital Aizawl and one of the deprived townships in Mizoram, Jeje wanted to give something significant back to where he grew up. “I’m no different to other working class players. As one of the lucky ones who could provide for my family, I also wanted to help those from my area,” Jeje said.
It can be said that the highest paid Mizo footballer Jeje is the most charitable among the Mizo footballers; last year also he doled out more than Rs 2 lakhs for charity in his hometown of Hnahthial. Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte also donated lakhs of rupees for charity in his hometown of Champhai last year.