The sudden advent of the novel Coronavirus has taken the world by storm. So far, more than 200 countries have been affected by the pandemic, as declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO). As of March 30, 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is at 723,700 with 34,005 deaths across the globe. The number is multiplying speedily with every passing day as oppose to the recovered rate, which stands at 151,991.
The modern world is facing the worst possible cataclysm possible. And what are our rich and famous doing apart from clapping and banging utensils? Well, few of them in the congregation has finally come out with a considerable amount of money to donate in the Covid-19 relief fund.
One of the firsts to come up to aid is Roger Federer, who donated $1.02 million to support the most vulnerable families in Switzerland during this time.
“These are challenging times for everyone, and nobody should be left behind. Mirka and I have personally decided to donate one million Swiss Francs for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland. Our contribution is just a start…”
Apart from Federer, actor, and humanitarian Angelina Jolie and entrepreneur Kylie Jenner have also donated $1 million each to aid relief funds.
Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively have also donated $1 million splits between food drive organisations Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.
Frozen 2 actor Kristen Bell along with her family, has contributed $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry, an organisation that works with great efforts and energy to feed the hungry over the country.
“We’re in a time where people need the assurance that we’re all in this together.”
Bollywood and coronavirus in India
The Hindi film industry is also coming forward to contribute to this critical time.
Actor Akshay Kumar donated a substantial amount of Rs 25 Crore to the Prime Minister’s Care Fund for the country’s ongoing battle against Covid-19.
Bhushan Kumar, the producer and head of T-series also said that he would be donating a sum of 11 Crore to PM-CARES Fund, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Student of the Year Actor, Varun Dhawan also pledged to contribute 30 lakhs to the PM CARE fund, “I pledge to contribute 30 lakhs to the PM CARE fund. We will overcome this. Desh hain toh hum hain (We exist if the country does).”
Manish Paul also tweeted that he will donate an amount of Rs 20 lakh from his savings to the PM CARE fund.
Anushka Sharma on Monday morning wrote on her Instagram handle “Virat, and I are pledging our support towards PM-CARES Fund & the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (Maharashtra). Our hearts are breaking looking at the suffering of so many, and we hope our contribution, in some way, helps to ease the pain of our fellow citizens.”
Kartik Aaryan also took to Instagram to announce his support to the PM-CARES, “It is the absolute need of the hour to rise together as a nation. Whatever I am, whatever money I’ve earned, is only because of the people of India; and for us, I am contributing Rs 1 Crore to the PM-CARES Fund. I URGE all my fellow Indians also to help as much as possible.
Actor-politician Sunny Deol and Rajnikanth have also announced to donate Rs 50 lakh from his MPLADS fund.
‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ fame Kapil Sharma also donated a sum of 50 Lakh to the Prime Minister Relief Fund.
On the one hand, where many members of the film industry, sportspersons and other opulent industries have come forward to aid in this crisis, other big names remain mum in an intense situation like this-looking forward to their support as well because India needs all of us to be one right now. Stay home, save lives.