New Delhi: Popular celebrity couple Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli have shared a video on Instagram, wherein they have informed about a fundraiser that they have started to help the nation fight the second wave of covid-19 pandemic.
For the fundraiser, the couple has collaborated with crowd-funding platform Ketto #InThisTogether and has donated Rs 2 crore for this initiative. The aim of the fundraiser is to gather Rs 7 crore and the money will be used to provide medical facilities to covid-19 patients across the country.
Talking about the same, Anushka said: "India is going through an extremely difficult time and the second wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic has pushed our country to a state of crisis. It is time for all of us to come together and do our bit for our fellow countrymen who are in serious need of support.
"Virat and I have been hugely pained looking at the inexplicable suffering that people are going through and we hope that this fund will aid in our fight against the virus that we are all helplessly witnessing. We are praying for everyone's safety. We hope that you join us in our prayers to save as many lives as possible because we are all in this together."
Virat said: "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. Anushka and I have been shocked to see humans 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.
"We are starting this fundraiser with the confidence that we will be able to raise substantial funds to aid those in dire need. We are confident that people will come forward to support fellow countrymen in crisis. We are in this together and we shall overcome this."
#InThisTogether will run for seven days and the proceeds raised will be directed to ACT Grants, the implementation partner for this campaign.
"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 startup ecosystem, ACT Grants is truly grateful to have them join this mission," said Gayatri Yadav, spokesperson ACT Grants.
"We are delighted to collaborate with Virat Kholi and Anuskha Sharma for their philanthropic endeavour to support our Covid relief programme," said Varun Sheth, CEO & co-founder, Ketto.org.
Meanwhile, on the personal front, the couple was blessed with a daughter earlier this year. While they have refrained from sharing pictures of their daughter on social media, the new parents keep sharing their sneak peak into their parental life.
Talking about the professional front, Anushka recently announced her new project Qala which will mark acting debut of late actor Irrfan Khan's son, Babil Khan. The film also stars Tripti Dimri of Bulbbul fame.
Virat Kohli, on the other hand, recently returned to Mumbai after it was declared that the Indian Premier League 2021 has been postponed indefinitely after some players and staff tested positive for covid-19.