COVID-19 Crisis: Arjun Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Varun Dhawan and other celebs extend help amid Coronavirus pandemic through oxygen cylinders, ration kits and mental health counseling


The second wave of Coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the country with several people getting infected and numerous losing their lives to the pandemic. There have been shortages of oxygen cylinders, hospital beds and livelihood. However, our Bollywood celebs are once again rising to the occasion and coming to the aid of common people through their initiatives, finances and assistance. Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, Sanjana Sanghi, Harshvardhan Rane are all contributing in their own ways. Here’s a look at what they are doing amid the Covid-19 spike.

Arjun Kapoor and Anshula Kapoor raise Rs 1 crore and helped 30,000 people amid covid crisis

Arjun Kapoor’s and his sister Anshula Kapoor’s online celebrity fundraising platform has been silently working all through the pandemic to help as many people as possible across the country. The siblings have raised over Rs 1 crore and helped 30,000 people and their families during the ongoing cCOVID-19 crisis. Talking about the initiative and their achievement, Arjun said, “The pandemic has made us stare at an abyss of suffering. It has made us all step forward and help as many people as possible in our own, unique way. Anshula and I have tried to contribute through Fankind. I'm happy that we have helped about 30,000 people pan India and raised 1 crore to help aid those in crisis. From monthly ration kits to hot meals, to cash in hand for migrant workers, to providing hygiene kits for COVID-19 prevention, the initiative has managed to touch the lives of many and hopefully has helped them in a small way to fight the virus and it's far-reaching devastating impact. I had invested my life’s savings for this venture and it makes me proud that the platform has supported those in serious need in these desperate and trying times."

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Farhan Akhtar’s and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment lends a helping hand through various NGOs

With the nation having a tough time with the second wave of Covid-19, Excel Entertainment lends help in every way possible by donating money to NGO's working to help provide facilities to patients in need. Farhan Akhtar took to his social media to share a concise list of NGO's Excel Entertainment has provided with donations. Hemkunt Foundation, Doctor For You, Mission Vayu, Rasoi On Wheels, Give India, Hope Welfare Trust, SBS Foundation, Sathyarth Socio are some of the organisations providing oxygen cylinders, food for quarantined patients, medication to everyone tackling the virus. All the organizations are verified by the Excel Entertainment, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar and by sharing this information the common people know where to reach out.

Varun Dhawan joins hands with Mission Oxygen India to help procure and donate Oxygen Concentrators to hospitals

As the country goes through a rough phase due to the second wave of COVID-19, Varun Dhawan partners with Mission Oxygen India. After extending his support last year through various initiatives, the actor now contributes to help fund the requirement of oxygen and make available oxygen concentrators to hospitals across the country through this initiative. He reveals that the first shipment has already reached India and has been deployed at 14 hospitals.

Harshvardhan Rane sells his motorcycle in exchange of oxygen concentrators to help the needy

Harshvardhan Rane is putting his bike on sale to raise funds for oxygen supplies. He took to Instagram Stories to share a picture with it and wrote, “Giving my motorcycle away in exchange of oxygen concentrators, which will go to the needy. Please help me find good concentrators in Hyderabad…” he took to Instagram stories to share an image of his bike which he is planning to sell.

Sanjana Sanghi launches ‘Here to Hear’ initiative to provide mental health support in the pandemic

Sanjana Sanghi has launched an initiative to combat mental health problems during the coronavirus pandemic. She took to her Instagram to announce the launch of her Mental Health campaign ‘Here to Hear’ which allows people to get access to free sessions with Psychologists and Qualified Listeners in partnership with an online counselling platform. The goal of the initiative is to have more people gain access quality mental care in these trying times.

Sanjana shares, “There was never a rule book handed to any of us, on how to cope with a catastrophic pandemic like we are presently facing. And in the absence of that rule book, amidst such a grave crisis that is ridden with loss of life and uncertainty - we can easily find ourselves consumed with all kinds of worrying thoughts, fears, anxieties, and confusion. I’m so proud to see all of us as citizens stepping up to help in ways big & small, and I truly hope our work that has gone behind making Here to Hear possible helps. De-stigmatising seeking the support of mental health experts, as well as emphasising the importance of doing so to be able to disentangle the many thoughts that may be making this already tough circumstance even tougher is extremely crucial. Anybody who is seeking help can register and book a 30 minute De-Stress session at ‘Here to Hear’  anywhere, anytime, absolutely free of charge thereby bridging the gap of inaccessibility and non-affordability of quality mental health care services.

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Sanjana’s initiative ‘Here to Hear’ will be providing counseling therapies through Audio & Text Support Sessions with Psychologists and Qualified Listeners to help people overcome and cope with the phase.

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