'Virushka' donate Rs20m, aim to raise Rs70m for Covid relief

Anushka Sharma Virat Kohli

MUMBAI: Indian sports and entertainment power couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have pledged Rs 20 million of their personal funds towards Covid-19 relief and have declared they aim to raise Rs 70 million via a fundraiser #InThisTogether.

Anushka Sharma shared a video on Twitter and posted: “As our country battles the second wave of Covid-19, and our healthcare systems are facing extreme challenges, it breaks my heart to see our people suffering. So, Virat and I have initiated a campaign #InThisTogether, with Ketto, to raise funds for Covid-19 relief.”

In the video, Anushka and Virat say: “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 are fighting for us day and night. Their dedication is appreciated. But now they need our support and we need to stand with them.”

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 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. 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.”

The fundraiser will run for seven days on Ketto and the proceeds raised will be directed to ACT Grants, which has been working towards providing oxygen, medical manpower, vaccination awareness and telemedicine facilities during the pandemic.

India is currently in the middle of the second wave of Covid-19. The country had 4.14 lakh new Covid-19 cases on Friday.