May 08 : Like many other Bollywood celebrities, Anushka Sharma and her husband Virat Kohli have started a fundraiser to extend support to COVID-19 relief work. The actor-producer took to social media today to reveal that they have crossed the halfway mark. While the target was ₹7 crore, it has already reached ₹3.6 crore.
Anushka and Virat have contributed ₹2 crore themselves. Sharing a post on Instagram, Anushka wrote, “Grateful to everyone who has donated so far. Thank you for your contribution. We have crossed the half way mark, let’s keep going.” According to the post, ₹3.6 crore had already been generated.
The celebrity couple has joined hands with Ketto that aims to raise funds to ensure “deployment of oxygen solutions, including concentrators and oxygen plants to hospitals across India, and also look at bolstering medical manpower, home care and help scale India’s vaccination efforts” as the country battles the second wave of the pandemic.
In a video on Friday, Anushka and Virat said that they were pained to see the suffering in the country. Expressing their gratitude for those who stepped forward to help others, the actress wrote, "As our country battles the second wave of Covid-19, and our healthcare systems are facing extreme challenges, it breaks my heart to see our people suffering. So, Virat and I have initiated a campaign #InThisTogether, with Ketto, to raise funds for Covid-19 relief."
The Ketto campaign that aimed to raise ₹7 crore, was launched on Friday on the platform Ketto in association with the NGO, United Way of Bengaluru.
Virat Kohli has also said that his IPL team, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, will offer financial assistance towards COVID-19 relief. The team had decided to wear a "special" blue jersey in one of their matches to raise funds for COVID-19 relief. However, due to the second wave of the coronavirus, the tournament has been postponement indefinitely.
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