All for a good cause: Celebrities raise funds for COVID relief 

Ruhi Gilder
The second wave of Covid-19 in India has been especially brutal, and many celebrities have drawn flak for flaunting Maldives vacation photos amidst the crisis. People all over social media can be seen banding together, pooling resources, sharing information, and donating to relief funds. A few Bollywood celebrities have also stepped up to contribute in their own way. From Alia Bhatt to Sonu Sood, here are some stars that made contribution to help fight Covid. 
Bollywood star Anushka Sharma and her cricketer husband Virat Kohli took to Instagram to release a statement about their donation initiative, #InThisTogether. The couple, in association with Ketto pledged to raise Rs7 crore, of which they contributed 2 crore.  


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Mrs. Funnybones, Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar donated 100 oxygen concentrators to Delhi, in collaboration with Daivik Foundation and Annada Outreach.


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Akshay Kumar had also donated Rs1 Crore to Gautam Gambhir’s foundation for Covid relief. 
Kareena Kapoor posted on her social media about an initiative by her alma mater, Welham to donate to Mission Oxygen India to help hospitals get immediate access to O2. 

Priyanka Chopra Jonas set up a fundraiser with GiveIndia, the actress requested followers on her Instagram, 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. 

COVID warrior, Sonu Sood received immense praise during last year’s lockdown for his aid to migrant workers. Even in this second wave, he helped arrange air ambulances, injections and oxygen after contracting the disease himself in April. This year, he has launched a Telegram channel called India Fights with Covid to help people find resources like oxygen, medicines, and hospital beds. He has also been amplifying calls for help and transporting patients to hospitals where they can get proper treatment.

Ayushmann Khurrana and wife Tahira Kashyap released a joint statement announcing their contribution to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.


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 The Yash Chopra Foundation’s Saathi Initiative’ is offering aid to members of the Film Industry Union to offer support in the form of ration, school fees and medical expenses.  


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According to the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), Salman Khan will be donating Rs. 1500 per month to 25,000 daily wage workers in the film industry. The superstar and Zee Entertainment, has pledged to contribute a portion of revenue from their newest release Radhe for Covid relief. 
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar had donated Rs 1 crore to the Mission Oxygen charity in late April. Tendulkar, who contracted Covid in March, haalso pledged to donate plasma. 
Alia Bhatt has been collaborating with journalist Faye D’Souza to amplify details for Covid resources   


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Bhumi Pednekar started a plasma donation drive to spread awareness of the importance of plasma donation. Pednekar has also joined hands with crowdfunding platform Ketto, to ensure that those in need of medical financial aid received it through crowdfunding. 
Singer Lata Mangeshkar donated Rs. 7 lakh to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and actor Vicky Kaushal also reportedly donated Rs 1 crore to the PM Cares Fund and the Maharashtra CM’s Relief Fund. 


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The cast and creators of the Netflix series, Never Have I Ever, came together on May 8 for a live table read and sneak peek at the upcoming second season as a benefit for GiveIndia.  “We are coming together to try to help our brothers and sisters in India,” shared co-creator Mindy Kaling on Instagram.  
Other Hollywood celebrities such as Jennifer Anniston, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Ewan McGregor, Lilly Collins, have also spoken up about donating to India’s ongoing Covid crisis.
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