Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma begin ₹7 crore COVID relief campaign, donate ₹2 crore as their share
Virat Kohli is the reigning skipper of Team India and one of the world’s wealthiest cricketers. He has been married to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma since 2017. The couple has joined the celebrity list to help the nation amidst the fight against COVID-19.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is known to fight for social causes, and being one of the wealthiest Indian cricketers helps him do so. Meanwhile, his Bollywood wife, Anushka Sharma, also participates in the same and being one of the most popular and richest Indian actresses, she usually joins her hubby in similar campaigns.
Currently, the nation is going through a challenging phase, as the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit hard. With cases on the rise every day, India finds it difficult to treat COVID patients due to the lack of enough oxygen supplies.
On the same note, Kohli and Anushka (popularly known as Virushka) have decided to fight for the cause. The couple has begun a COVID-19 relief initiative called Ketto, as they expect to raise a total of ₹7 crore for the same, besides contributing their share of ₹2 crore.
“Anushka and I have started a campaign on @ketto, to raise funds for Covid-19 relief, and we would be grateful for your support. Let’s all come together and help those around us in need of our support. I urge you all to join our movement,” read Kohli’s social media post.
“Things have been very tough for India, as we fight the pandemic, and it really pains us to see our country suffer like this. We are grateful to all the people who have been fighting for us day and night. Their dedication is appreciated. But, now, they need our support and we must stand by their side,” they said in a video in the social media post.
“So, Anushka and I have started a fundraiser on Ketto, with the funds going towards ACT Grants. And, we request you all to join this initiative and donate. Every little bit makes a difference. To our family, friends, and fans, this is a time to stand shoulder to shoulder. We will overcome this together. We can win this battle if we are in it together. Stay safe. Jai Hind,” they added.
Ketto happens to have a tie-up with an NGO called United Way, along with ACT Grants as its beneficiary. According to its website, the platform aims to “social change movement for the start-up ecosystem in India”.
“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 start-up ecosystem, ACT Grants is truly grateful to have them join this mission,” said ACT Grants spokesperson to PTI.
Earlier, Kohli’s Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, too, had decided to support the nation in a similar campaign financially. The side was scheduled to wear a special blue jersey for the exact cause, to be auctioned later to raise funds for the same. Unfortunately, the breach of bio-bubble of some of the tournament sides led to the competition getting postponed indefinitely.
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