It's said that a hero is as a hero does. Well, it holds especially true in the current times as COVID-19 warriors across the country join hands to save lives. Amid the current crisis and the collapsing healthcare system, people are coming together like one big family. Desolate as the times might be, it is beautiful to see the power of human fortitude.
Some of our celebs have also joined the fight against COVID-19 and are amplifying leads and resources through their social media fandom. Well, it is good to see these celebs putting the vast number of followers to good use. We are giving a huge shoutout to each one of them. Here is a list of actors who have been actively involved in the pandemic relief work and have been supporting the frontline heroes all this while.
Earlier this week, Akshay Kumar donated Rs 1 crore to cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir’s foundation which is working for COVID-19 relief in India. Gambhir took to social media to share the information and wrote, “Every help in this gloom comes as a ray of hope. Thanks a lot @akshaykumar for committing Rs 1 crore to #GGF for food, meds and oxygen for the needy! God bless.”
Besides that, Akshay and Twinkle Khanna have also donated hundred oxygen concentrators. Confirming the same, Twinkle recently shared on social media, “Wonderful news-Dr Drashnika Patel & Dr. Govind Bankani of London Elite Health through Daivik Foundation are donating 120 oxygen concentrators and as @akshaykumar and I have managed to get our hands on 100 as well, we have a total of 220. Thank you for the leads. Let’s all do our bit.”
Ayushmann and Tahira also took to social media earlier this week and urged people to support each other through the tough time. The couple also shared how they have donated to the CM relief fund and requested people to help others in whatever capacity they can.
Alia Bhatt recently partnered with journalist Faye D'Souza to fight against all the COVID-19 misinformation on social media and share only verified, authentic information with the people. “It is a time of great uncertainty. Infrastructure and information are the need of the hour. We are limited in terms of what we can do for infrastructure. But we can do our bit to identify and amplify relevant information. I’m happy to be working along with Faye D’Souza, who is helping us to identify the information and the both of us will amplify in whatever best way we can. We hope this helps. Take care. Stay safe,” she wrote.
The actress has now been sharing verified COVID-19 resources through her social media account.
Sonu Sood happens to be one of those people who have been zealously involved in COVID-19 relief work for over a year now. Just last year, he had sold some property to fund his relief work. Well despite the fact that he himself just recovered from the virus, the actor did not take any breaks and has been tirelessly continuing the good work. Just yesterday, he took to social media and shared that he has partnered with Krsnaa Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd. and Heal Well 24 for free COVID-19 help and medical support.
While Priyanka Chopra might not be in India right now, her heart surely lies in the country. She has been constantly tweeting about the COVID-9 crisis in India and has been amplifying India's concerns through her partnership with Global Citizen. Just yesterday, she took to Twitter and urged the US president Joe Biden to “urgently share vaccines with India.”
Additionally, she has also set up a fundraiser with GiveIndia, the largest organization on the ground in India providing Covid relief. "Whatever you can spare, truly makes a difference. Nearly 63 million people follow me on here, if even 100,000 of you donate $10, that’s $1 Million, and that’s huge. Your donation will go directly to healthcare physical infrastructure (including Covid care centres, Isolation centers, and oxygen generation plants), medical equipment, and vaccine support and mobilization,” she writes.
Last week, 20 patients in a Delhi hospital died because of oxygen shortage while other hospitals kept floating warning about depleting resources. Sunil Saggar, CEO of Shanti Mukand Hospital, had also spoken about the oxygen crisis at the hospital and the message reached Sushmita Sen through a tweet.
On seeing the tweet, she immediately jumped to action and made arrangements to send oxygen to Delhi. “This is deeply heart breaking...oxygen crisis is everywhere. I have managed to organise a few oxygen cylinders for this hospital but have no way to transport it to Delhi from Mumbai...please help me find a way🙏” she wrote while sharing Saggar’s tweet. However, she soon managed to get the cylinders delivered to the Delhi hospital.
Bhumi, who had herself tested positive for COVID-19 recently, is now helping COVID-19 patients by “identifying resources to enable facilitation and access to medical supplies, plasma requests and donors.” She recently took to social media and shared how this “initiative is a small contribution to the huge battle that lies ahead of us.” Since mid-April, she has been applying resources and requirements that she receives through her social media DM.
Well, here's hoping that more celebs join the relief work and help India get out of this dark phase.
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