Why take a cue from celebrities? Because they are people who we follow. I say, if it’s for the right reasons, why not? The devastation in Kerala isn’t news anymore. From help and donations pouring in from extreme corners of the country….and the globe, the attitude is endearing. Apart from all the people who have had the heart to contribute towards making ‘God’s own Country’ self reliant again, there are celebrities who have gone a mile to contribute towards the resurrection of Kerala.
This by no means, is a way to exhibit their philanthropy….it is to inspire many more, to stretch a hand out….
Mohanlal & Mamoothy
Mohanlal and Mamoothy donated Rs 25 lakh each towards the relief fund. The Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) have, reportedly, handed over a sum of Rs 50 lakh in two installments to the chief minister.
Young actor Tovino Thomas, opened the doors of his house in Irinjalakkuda for the public, who have been affected by floods, to can stay in his house, where he will also provide basic necessitates for the flood victims until the situation comes under control.
Kamal Hassan, Suriya, Vijay Sethupati
Actors Kamal Haasan, Suriya-Karthi, Vijay Sethupathi contributed Rs 25 lakh each to the relief fund. Karthi on Thursday met Pinarayi Vijayan and handed over the cheque. “Just met the hon’ble CM of Kerala. I understand the state needs more funds than relief material. Please donate generously to ”CMDRF”. #Keralafloods #CMDRF @CMOKerala (sic),” he tweeted.
Actor Dhanush also contributed Rs 15 lakh to the Chief Minister’s fund, while Vishal and Sivakarthikeyan gave Rs 10 lakh each. The television giant, Sun TV network, made a donation of Rs 1 crore towards the relief fund.
The actor has not just extended monetary help for Kerala but he also sent his team to keep a check. A DNA report has quoted a source as saying, When Hrithik Roshan got to know about the disaster, he quietly sent across a few people from his team to get an understanding of all the help the victims and the state required. Though he was shooting for his film Super 30 in Mumbai, he kept in touch with them over the phone to take updates and act accordingly. He will continue to do so till the state recuperates.
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan is among the many celebrities who have made an effort to rehabilitate people affected in flood-hit Kerala. The 75-year-old actor contributed Rs. 51 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. In addition, the actor donated 6 cartons containing his personal belongings to the grief-stricken people in the state, a statement released by his team said.
Priyadarshan & Akshay Kumar
Priyadarshan tweeted a picture of him handing over a cheque towards Kerala, to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and urged people to contribute too. His tweet read “Handed over mine and Akshay Kumar’s cheque to Kerala’s Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. Let’s together build back Kerala to it’s glory.”
Anushka Sharma & Virat Kohli
Anushka and Virat have also contributed to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the flood victims. They also wanted to do their bit to support the animals in crisis. They have teamed up with a local animal rights NGO and are also helping to send rescue teams comprising eight members for rehab and treatment. Rescue teams will be looking at rescue of strays in Kerala and the protection of wildlife. They will look to provide support and care to the animals that are in need for urgent help
Shah Rukh Khan
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s welfare organization Meer Foundation has contributed Rs 21 lakhs towards relief work in flood-ravaged Kerala. Meer Foundation has made a donation to the Government of Kerala’s Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund, working towards the welfare of victims of floods in the state, according to a statement.
South actor Siddharth has come up with a Kerala Donation Challenge. The actor took to Twitter to post a tweet along with a picture of a bank letter that showed his contribution towards to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (Govt of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram). Calling this #KeralaDonationChallenge, he has asked people to “post your donation proof” in order to inspire others. “We all know how much the internet loves a challenge.”
Siddharth’s tweet read, “I did the #KeralaDonationChallenge. It was awesome! Will you? Please?”
Sushant Singh Rajput
A fan had recently appealed to MS Dhoni actor Sushant Singh Rajput since he couldn’t send food to Kerala flood victims. The actor donated Rs 1 crore on behalf of the fan who requested him for the same. Sushant even took a screenshot of the transaction along with his reply to his fan. He wrote, “As promised my friend, @subhamranjan66, what you wanted to do has been done. You made me do this, so be extremely proud of yourself. You delivered exactly when it was needed. Lots and lots of love. FLY.”
These are just a few names we know of. There are hoards of unknown heroes who have unconditionally done what their means allowed, to help make life a little easier for the flood hit people of Kerala. I salute them all!
Would you be inspired and contribute?…….I have!