Sonu Sood urges Government to make education free for orphans, Kareena Kapoor Khan shares helpline numbers for children; Hrithik Roshan raises USD 15,000 for relief efforts
For more than a year, India is battling with COVID-19. Now, the second wave, which is deadlier than the first, has caused havoc. From a shortage of hospital beds to less supply of oxygen and medicines, the country is in a dire situation. Amid this, Lata Mangeshkar has contributed Rs. 7 lacs to CM's Relief Fund.
Directorate General of Information and Public Relations of Maharashtra shared the news on Twitter and wrote, "Bharat Ratna @mangeshkarlata has donated Rs 7 lakh to #CMrelieffund #COVID_19 Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has thanked her for the help."
— MAHARASHTRA DGIPR (@MahaDGIPR) May 1, 2021
On the other hand, Hrithik Roshan helped raise an estimated USD 3.68 million for India's COVID-19 relief efforts. Hollywood stars like Shawn Mendes, Jada and Will Smith and Jamie Kern Lima also donated. Author Jay Shetty wrote on Instagram, "Drop a below for all these amazing supportersI want to thank each and every one of you and you’ll see just what an impact you had on the next posts. Special thanks to @shawnmendes @theellenshow @jadapinkettsmith @willsmith @brendonburchard @jamiekernlima @rohanoza @camila_cabello @hrithikroshan for amplifying our fundraiser on your channels and donating personally. You all have such huge hearts and we couldn’t be more grateful for your support! This money will go a long way! Let’s keep going. Donate NOW if you can. Help is still needed. Every little bit counts."
Sonu Sood appealed to the Government to make education free for all those children who lost their parents to COVID-19. Priyanka Chopra Jonas shared a video recorded by Sonu and 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. Firstly, I am inspired that Sonu made this critical observation. Secondly, in typical Sonu style, he has also thought of a solution and come up with some suggestions for action. 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. For those outside govt, I appeal to your compassion combined with generosity and be the philanthropists, knock on institute doors or anyone who can help to make an impact that will matter. Adopt the education of a child if you can. I fully support Sonu’s ideas and I will actively work towards finding ways to support education because I have always believed that #educationforeverychild is a birthright. And we cannot as a society let the virus change that."
Kareena Kapoor Khan shared helpline numbers for children who lost their parents to the pandemic. She wrote, "My heart goes out to kids left alone due to the pandemic—either they have lost one or both parents to the virus or the parents are in hospital. Please reach out and call the National Child Helpline (1098) to inform regarding children who are alone because of Covid-19. We cannot even begin to fathom the trauma."