After Australian cricketer Pat Cummins donated $50,000 to the PM-CARES Fund for India’s battle against COVID-19, India captain Virat Kohli and his actor wife Anushka Sharma have donated Rs 2 crore to a fundraising project that aims to garner Rs 7 crore to support the country’s fight against the viral infection.
The couple is raising the funds for COVID-19 relief through the crowd-funding platform Ketto. Till 5 pm, the platform garnered Rs 2.95 crore
Notably, the campaign will run for seven days on Ketto and the proceeds will be directed to ACT Grants, the implementation partner which will work towards providing oxygen, medical manpower, vaccination awareness and telemedicine facilities all through the pandemic.
India’s healthcare system is under severe pressure due to the surge in COVID cases. Your support can aid in making a difference & help those in need. Please help.@AnushkaSharma @imVkohlihttps://t.co/NFVeDzHvyF
— Ketto (@ketto) May 7, 2021
What Virat Kohli said
Virat Kohli said, “We are going through an unprecedented time in the history of our country and our nation needs all of us to unite and save as many people as possible. Anushka and I have been shocked to see the human suffering since last year.”
He added that he and his wife had tried to help as many people as possible in their fight against the virus. “We have been working towards helping as many people as possible all through the pandemic and now, India wants our support more than ever,” he said in a statement that was also shared on his social media handle.
“We are starting this fund-raiser with the confidence that we will be able to raise substantial funds to aid those in dire need. We are confident that people will come forward to support fellow countrymen in crisis. We are in this together and we shall overcome this.”
What Anushka Sharma said
Anushka said it has been painful to watch the suffering of people as the country’s healthcare system struggled to cope with the caseload.
“Virat and I have been hugely pained looking at the inexplicable suffering that people are going through and we hope that this fund will aid in our fight against the virus that we are all helplessly witnessing,” she said.
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