Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma raise target to Rs 11 crore after overwhelming response to Covid relief campaign

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma started the #InThisTogether campaign in partnership with crowd-funding platform Ketto and urged fans to support them in their fight against Covid-19.

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma managed to raise Rs 3.60 crore in the first 24 hours after launching their campaign (Instagram Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma partnered with Ketto to start the #InThisTogether campaign
  • The star couple had initially aimed to raise Rs 7 crore for their Covid relief work
  • Virushka donated Rs 2 crore and recieved Rs 5 crore from MPL Sports Foundation on May 12

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma have stepped up their efforts to help India fight against the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic after receiving an overwhelming response to their relief campaign.

Kohli and Anushka just received a massive donation of Rs 5 crore from MPL Sports Foundation which prompted the superstar couple to raise their target to Rs 11 crore from the initial aim of raising Rs 7 crore.

“Thank you MPL Sports Foundation for your generous contribution of 5 crore in our fight against Covid-19. With your help we have now increased our target to 11 crore. Anushka & I are deeply grateful for your unconditional support,” Kohli tweeted on Wednesday.

The cricketer and his actress wife partnered with crowd-funding platform Ketto and started the #InThisTogether campaign on May 7 and urged fans on social media to support them in their fight against Covid-19.

Kohli and Anushka managed to raise Rs 3.60 crores in a single day after donating Rs 2 crore from their own pockets.

“Anushka and I have started a campaign on Ketto, to raise funds for Covid-19 relief, and we would be grateful for your support. No amount is too small to save lives.

“We will do everything we can to make a difference, but we need your help to fight this. I urge you all to join our movement. Let’s do our part to keep our country safe and strong,” Kohli wrote in a post on Instagram 5 days ago.

Funds collected from the #InThisTogether campaign will go to ACT Grants, who in the light of the second Covid wave are focused on tackling the immediate shortage of oxygen supply on a war footing.

ACT Grants’ goal is to support the deployment of oxygen solutions, including concentrators and oxygen plants to hospitals across India, and also look at bolstering medical manpower, home care and help scale India’s vaccination efforts.

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