Virat Kohli and wife Anushka Sharma continue to add their bit to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The celebrity duo has contributed ₹ 2 crore to a fund-raising project. The amount is more than 25% of the total cost of the project.
The duo is raising money through Ketto for the ₹ 7 crore project.
“Virat Kohli and Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma are aiming to raise ₹ 7 crore for COVID relief in India,” stated a Press release.
“They are kickstarting a fundraising campaign #InThisTogether on the crowd-funding platform Ketto and are putting ₹ 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, states a PTI report.
“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.
Kohli said 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.”
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.
Gayatri Yadav, spokesperson ACT Grants said, “Having strong voices like Anushka and Virat help drive fundraising efforts will go a long way towards helping us realise this goal. On behalf of India’s startup ecosystem, ACT Grants is truly grateful to have them join this mission.”
Kohli, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper, has returned to his Mumbai home after the Indian Premier League was suspended earlier this week. The league was halted indefinitely halted after Covid-19 cases were reported among the players, IPL team management and ground staff.