The second wave of COVID-19 has hit India unexpectedly and hard, and has resulted in an extremely high number of cases and deaths all over the country. Amid all this, Bollywood stars such as Sonu Sood and Priyanka Chopra have come forward to help fight coronavirus by collecting funds for basic necessities for the public, and to help people become aware about the disease and the resources.
With the sharp increase in the number of cases in the country, there has been a shortage in most of the important supplies required to treat patients. Bollywood celebs have come forward to use their influence and power to financially aid those in need, and have also used social media to spread COVID related information.
Sonu Sood and Priyanka Chopra extend a helping hand
Sonu Sood for #HopeForHumanity
Sonu Sood is never behind when it comes to doing social work and helping people, and just like last year, he has again become a huge helping hand for those in need during this horrendous second wave. He financially aided many in need, and also provided them with the necessary resources to battle COVID, such as oxygen cylinders or beds in hospitals. With the healthcare system failing to provide these for it’s citizens, actors like Sonu Sood have risen as a source of hope.
Priyanka Chopra with #TogetherForIndia
Apart from Sonu Sood, Priyanka Chopra Jonas has also been spreading a lot of awareness, and has started a fundraiser to battle the virus, and help those affected by it. Her goal was to raise $1 million with her fundraiser, and the amount will be used to buy medical supplies for Indians suffering from the disease. So far, she has raised $900k, which is pretty close to her intended amount.
Recently, Chopra also shared a video message posted by Sonu Sood on social media. In it, Sonu had appealed to the Indian government to make all education free for any child who has lost their parents to Covid-19.
Priyanka Chopra thinks of Sonu Sood as Philanthropist
Sharing the video, Chopra wrote, “Have you heard of visionary philanthropists? My colleague @sonu_sood is one such. He thinks and plans ahead. Think this one out carefully because the impact is long-term and it involves children—amongst the many horror stories of the pandemic, this is regarding those children who have lost one or both parents due to COVID-19. The disruption, for many, sadly leads to a complete stop in their education due to the combination of loss and economic factors due to that loss,” she wrote in her message.
“Sonu’s suggestion is to both the state and central governments to ensure free education for all children affected by Covid. Whatever stage of studies they are at—school, college, or pursuing higher studies. The aim is not to allow a pause and definitely not for the lack of finance. If ignored, a huge number of children would be left without the opportunity as adults,” she added.
Other Bollywood Actors who are helping
Various other bollywood actors have also been working to help people. Bhumi Pednekar recently announced an initiative to identify resources to enable facilitation and access to medical supplies, plasma request and donors. The actor has been providing help to people posting SOS calls on social media. During the period, Bhumi lost two people who were close to her in a day and the grief has only strengthened the actor’s resolve to help others going through similar situations.
Actors such as John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Taapsee Pannu, Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Mira Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Katrina Kaif and Kareen Kapoor have also been using their social media accounts to spread awareness about COVID related resources and also mental health awareness.