Gangtok, 18 Nov:
Football Players Association of Sikkim [FPAS] has come forward to raise funds for ailing national footballer from Sikkim, Reeya Lepcha.
Sikkim footballers affiliated to FPAS began going around different locations in and around Gangtok with donation boxes to raise funds for Reeya.
15-year-old Reeya Lepcha, who represented Sikkim in senior national football tournaments, has been diagnosed with brain tumour and had her first surgery on 28 October. She has been referred to Apollo Hospital in Delhi for further treatment from the Central Referral Hospital. She hails from Sangkhu Radukhandu GPU under Maneybong-Dentam constituency in West Sikkim. Her parents are unable to meet the medical costs and have appealed for financial support from the people.
Speaking to media persons here today, FPAS president, Nirmal Chettri, explained that the initiative has been taken by the football fraternity of the State led by FPAS to support a promising national footballer from Sikkim.
He added that the initiative will continue for the next few days.
“We want the quick recovery of Reeya Lepcha as she deserves to be on the ground at the earliest. People have been coming forward and we want more people to contribute for her because even a small contribution can make a big difference,” he said.
He informs that more than Rs 10 lakh will be required for complete treatment.