Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma have donated INR two crore to help India fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cricketer-actor couple initiated a fundraising campaign with their donation and urged citizens of India to make contributions.
“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,” Kohli said in a video shared on his social media channels.
“Anushka and I have been shocked to see the human suffering since last year. We have been working towards helping as many people as possible all through the pandemic and now, India wants our support more than ever.”
Currently, India is reeling under the second COVID-19 wave and is witnessing unprecedented numbers on a daily basis. Several celebrities from various walks of life have already joined the fight, by donating funds, oxygen and other medical-related stuff.
“We are starting this fundraiser with the confidence that we will be able to raise substantial funds to aid those in dire need.”
The couple had also donated money towards the PM-CARES Fund and Maharashtra CM's Relief Fund back in March 2020, when the world was gripped by the pandemic for the very first time.
The two aim to raise INR seven crore through the new fundraiser which will run for seven days. All the proceeds will go to a relief fund ACT Grants, which focuses on the deployment of oxygen solutions, including concentrators and oxygen plants to hospitals across India.
“We are confident that people will come forward to support fellow countrymen in crisis. We are in this together and we shall overcome this,” Kohli added.
The cricketer was seen in action last week leading Bangalore in the Indian T20 League. Unfortunately, due to alarming cases, the league had to be indefinitely suspended.