Go Corona Go – Akshay, Salman, Varun, Hrithik and others offer help

Work in the Bollywood industry has come to a standstill and that is all because of Coronavirus. 1000s of people have gone workless. Poor are the most affected as there is no work for them anymore because of the lockdowns everywhere.

The government of India is doing their job and so are the other people, like doctors, nurses, army, police, bankers, sweepers, sabzi wala, milkman, and so on.

Bollywood stars have also come forward to help and contribute. Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, Kapil Sharma, Varun Dhawan, and others are helping a lot.

The following news item is from Mumbai Mirror…

Hrithik Roshan was among the first to announce that he had procured N95 and FFP3 masks in plenty for BMC workers and other caretakers in Maharashtra. He was followed by actor-comedian Kapil Sharma, who contributed Rs 50 lakh to the PM Relief Fund on March 26, leading the way in monetary donations.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested citizens to donate to the PM-CARES fund to strengthen the country’s disaster management capacity. Instantly, Akshay Kumar responded with a cheque of Rs 25 crore.

“This is that time when all that matters is the lives of our people. And we need to do anything and everything it takes,” the actor asserted. With the mantra, “We will overcome this,” Varun Dhawan has chipped in with Rs 25 lakh to the CM Relief Fund and Rs 30 lakh to the PM-CARES fund.

Soon after, Bhushan Kumar pledged Rs 11 crore to the PM-CARES fund and Rs 1 crore to the CM Relief Fund. The producer hoped “to get through the difficult time soon” and meanwhile urged everyone to stay at home. Kabir Singh producer, Murad Khetani, divided Rs 50 lakh equally between the two funds.

Randeep Hooda partnered with his entrepreneur-friend, Jay Patel, to donate Rs 1 crore to the PM’s fund while Arjun Bijlani contributed Rs 5 lakh each to both funds, with anchor-actor Maniesh Paul pooling in with Rs 20 lakh. Musician Guru Randhawa has also pledged Rs 20 lakh to the PM-CARES fund.

Salman Khan will support 25,000 daily wage artists of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) whose livelihood has been affected since the lock-down.

“We have given a list of names to Salman and he will directly transfer the amount to their bank accounts. The industry has not donated even Rs 10 lakh to the Federation while this man has asked for the account details of 25,000 daily wage workers,” shared B N Tiwari, president of the FWICE.

“We reached out to several actors, but only Salman responded. His foundation, Being Human, has always taken care of the industry workers though no one knows of it.”

Suniel Shetty and his daughter Athiya’s NGO, Save The Children India, has worked on sourcing ration and hygiene material from local vendors and direct cash transfer for survivors of trafficking as well as the families of disabled children.

Now, the duo is working towards community-level behavioral change to encourage hand-washing, social distancing and sneezing/coughing etiquette. “We will have to remain responsive as the situation evolves to ensure that we are aligned with the government and medical directives,” Suniel asserted.

Yami Gautam, while supporting the cause, has urged everyone to not compare the good deeds of celebs. “Who donated how much doesn’t matter, it’s the intention that counts. I learned in school if your right-hand makes a charity, your left hand shouldn’t know about it,” she said, adding that in desperate times, one comes in the public eye to encourage people to do the same. “We’re in this together.”

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