India captain Virat Kohli and his actor wife Anushka Sharma have donated Rs 2 crore to a fund-raising project, which will raise a total of Rs 7 crore to support the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The two are raising money through crowd-funding platform Ketto. “…Virat Kohli and Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma are aiming to raise Rs. 7 crore for COVID relief in India,” a press release from the celebrity couple stated.
“They are kickstarting a fundraising campaign #InThisTogether on the crowd-funding platform Ketto and are putting Rs. 2 crore for this initiative.” 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 tele-medicine facilities all through the pandemic and the amount. “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,” Kohli said.
Anushka and I have started a campaign on @ketto, to raise funds for Covid-19 relief, and we would be grateful for your support.
Let’s all come together and help those around us in need of our support.
I urge you all to join our movement.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 7, 2021
Kohli said that he and his wife had tried to help as many peope 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.” Anushka said it has been painful to watch the suffering of people as the country’s health-care system struggled to cope with the case load.
“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.
Assuring their fans that the battle against COVID-19 can be won if “we’re in it together”, Kohli and Anushka urged to “join our movement.”
“We will do everything we can to make a difference, but we need your help to fight this. I urge you all to join our movement. Let’s do our part to keep our country safe and strong. Thank you.Click on the link in my bio to make an impact,” Kohli wrote in the Instagram post.
Earlier, Anushka had announced in a separate post on social media that she and her husband Kohli will begin a “movement” in the country’s fight against COVID-19.
In the video posted on Friday, Anushka said: “Things have been very tough for India, and it really pains us to see our country suffer like this.”
Asking fans to donate to her fundraiser, Anushka said, “Every little bit makes a difference.”
Kohli was most recently seen in action in the Indian Premier League, where he led Royal Challengers Bangalore.
IPL 2021 was postponed after several players across teams tested positive for COVID-19.