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These Indian And International Celebs Have Been Raising Funds And Awareness For COVID Relief In India

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In case the sheer volume of cries and pleas for help on social media have eluded you thus far, here’s the update. India is in need of some serious help. Am I saying that we are ill-equipped to handle the pandemic, or that our healthcare infrastructure is failing because the powers that be are not exactly doing what they should be doing? *does the mouth zipping sign* The fact of the matter is, India is struggling to even breathe, and according to the news reports, its allies are rushing to help. UK is sending in ventilators and other supplie. People in Israel are apparently chanting to send us positive vibes. Even Pakistan has offered to help, and Pakistani Twitter is being real sweet with its messages of love and support for us. And celebrities, both Indian—like Sonu Sood and Priyanka Chopra—and international—like Lilly Singh and Jennifer Aniston—are providing help in the ways they can: spreading the word, sharing COVID info, arranging things and of course raising funds to help those who can’t help themselves.

If you’ve been glued to social media (I mean what else is there to do, if you’re healthy and locked in), you know that fundraising for India to battle this deadlier second wave of COVID is going on full steam ahead. People are selling their art, even their own vehicles and personal possessions to help out. A group of female bakers in India are hosting a #BakeForIndia bake sale, the proceedings from which will go to their charity of choice. The sentiment is bittersweet, because while we see humanity triumph here, there’s also a certain complacency evident, because we citizens were assured last year that our country was prepared.

 

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Anyway, we’ll save the blame for later (an opportune moment when we can do something about it), and focus on the good that’s happening in celeb town, both Indian and international. Not everyone is posting pictures from their Maldives trips and photoshoots only. Some are actually making genuine effort to also help out. Sonu Soon is of course leading the charge, but here are some others!

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas

PeeCee and Nick have been using their global icon statuses to get as much help for India as possible. Together, they’ve managed to get several international celebrities, their peers, like Richard Madden, Sam Heughan, Yasmine Al Massri and so on to share donations pleas on their social media.

Mindy Kaling

PeeCee’s friend and collaborator, Mindy Kaling too is raising donations for the same charity, Give India. And for that, she has announced a live table read and sneak peek into Season 2 of her show, Never Have I Ever.

 

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Vir Das

Comedian and actor Vir Das knows just how to use what he does best to do better for everyone. He entertained us plenty during the lockdown with his comedy specials and hilarious quarantine content. And now he is doing special virtual shows, the proceedings from which will be donated to foundations helping out in the COVID crisis. So much more helpful than some other celebrities we know!

 

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Anshula Kapoor

Anshula Kapoor, sis to Arjun Kapoor, is the founder of Fankind, a celebrity fundraising platform, which has also been raising funds to help out families in need.

Jay Shetty, Lilly Singh and more

The guy motivating you with his videos is also motivating you to contribute to the Covid relief efforts. He hosted Help India Breathe, a virtual event with participation and donations from celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Lilly Singh, Willow Smith, Jay Sean, Kunal Nayyar, Deepak Chopra and more. Even our very own Hrithik Roshan donated, while Shawn Mendes, Camilla Cabello and more talked about it on their profiles.

 

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Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi Pednekar is one strong COVID warrior. She’s lost close ones, but decided to keep grief aside, and still powered through to help amplify resources, make arrangements and raise funds, along with sister Samiksha Pednekar.

 

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Also Read: Bhumi Pednekar Has Lost 2 People In 24 Hours. But Instead Of Grieving, She Wants To Focus On Helping Out. That’s Commendable!

James McAvoy

The X-Men star too shared a video that said India needs help and asked people to donate to charity.

 

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Jennifer Aniston

The Friends star shared multiple stories on her Instagram. “A severe second wave of coronavirus infections has swept over India, setting global records for new infections each day over the past five days,” she wrote. She appealed for an immediate raising of funds to help with the relief efforts.

Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza has collaborated with a leading crowdfunding platform to raise funds to donate oxygen cylinders to patients in need.

Shweta Basu Prasad

I think one of the sweetest gestures by celebrities came from Shweta Basu Prasad who recently, on the occasion of filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s birth anniversary, put up a painting of him made by her for sale, stating that she’d be donating the funds for Covid relief.

There are many more celebrities who’re doing their bit, some silently and some with much fanfare, perhaps with the agenda that it reaches more people. And I think that’s a very apt use of one’s clout at this time.

Also Read: Shruti Haasan Calls Out Celebrities’ Vacay Pics Online. Can We Talk About Sense & Sensibility In Pandemic Times?

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