Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma thank contributors as fundraiser for COVID-19 relief surpasses target

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma thank contributors as fundraiser for COVID-19 relief raises Rs 11.39 crore, surpasses Rs 7-crore target in 7 days
Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma thank contributors as fundraiser for COVID-19 relief raises Rs 11.39 crore, surpasses Rs 7-crore target in 7 days

Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma fundraiser: India captain Virat Kohli and his wife, Bollywood actress, Anushka Sharma thanked the contributors after their joint fundraiser surpassed its goal in 7 days. The fundraiser with a target of Rs 7 crore began on May 7 for COVID-19 relief with the couple contributing Rs 2 crore. As the campaign concluded, it raised a total of Rs 11.39 crore with MPL Sports Foundation contributing Rs 5 crore.

The raised fund will go to ACT Grants which will help in procuring medical supplies and oxygen concentrators. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma took it to Twitter to thank every contributor. The couple donated Rs 2 crore on their own to begin the fundraiser.

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“Words fall short to express how overwhelmed we feel to have exceeded our target not once, but twice, thanks to each one of you. To everyone who has donated, shared, & helped in any way, I want to say a big thank you. We are #InThisTogether & we will overcome this together,” Virat Kohli posted on Twitter on Friday morning.

“Truly amazed and humbled by the spirit of solidarity that you all have shown. We are proud to announce that we have raised more than our initial target and it will go a long way to save lives. Thank you for your overwhelming support in helping the people of India. This wouldn’t be possible without you. Jai Hind,” Anushka Sharma said in a separate tweet.

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Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma fundraiser: “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,” Gayatri Yadav, spokesperson ACT Grants told PTI.

Earlier, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper was spotted holding a dialogue with Yuva Sena member Rahul N Kanal about the movement he started supporting. Kanal took to Twitter and shared a couple of photos from the meeting which revealed that Kohli wasted no time to join the effort following the indefinite suspension of the Indian Premier League.

Earlier, many other Indian cricketers — former and current — have come forward. Sachin Tendulkar donated Rs 1 crore while Shikhar Dhawan funded the purchase of a Haemonetics Apheresis Machine to Divine Charitable Blood Bank, Delhi for their New Plasma Bank at Gurunanak Dev Charitable Blood Center in Janakpuri. Other than that, he donated Rs 20 lakh besides pledging to donate all his individual prize money from the IPL 2021.

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