As the Coronavirus is tightening its grip around the nation, PM Narendra Modi has announced new initiatives and schemes to fight the pandemic and now, Shah Rukh Khan has announced a series of initiatives to help the central and state governments to combat COVID-19.
The actor has pledged his support through his companies Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Red Chillies VFX and his NGO Meer Foundation. As he made the announcement, Khan wrote, “In these times it’s imp to make everyone around u working tirelessly for u.. not related to u.. perhaps even unknown to u… to feel they are not alone and by themselves. Let’s just make sure we all do our little bit to look after each other. India and all Indians are One Family!”
In the official statement, King Khan lauded PM Modi’s efforts and wrote, “Given the enormity of the task, my team and I discussed ways to contribute in our own modest way. We have come up with a series of initiatives, which we hope will make a small difference. The efforts of our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji coupled with the efforts of the Chief Ministers, Shri Uddhav Thackeray ji, Smt Mamata Banerjee, Shri Arvind Kejriwal and all other States and Union Territories leaders have been commendable in fighting this pandemic. We have initially focused our efforts on the three cities – Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi with the realisation that this is a start and we stand ready to contribute in whichever way possible going forward.”
The King Khan has donated an undisclosed amount to both, PM CARES and Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. KKR co-owned by SRK, Gauri Khan, Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta has committed to contribute to the PM Cares Fund. Red Chillies Entertainment owned by Gauri and SRK will be contributing towards Maharashtra CM’s Relief Fund. His NGO Meer Foundation will work with the Maharashtra and West Bengal governments for the supply of 50,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the ‘real heroes’ of this battle, the healthcare professionals
Meer Foundation along with Ek Saath – The Earth foundation will provide food to over 5500 families for at least a month in Mumbai. A kitchen will also be set up to send out 2000 freshly cooked meals everyday to help households and hospitals whose daily needs aren’t being fulfilled.
In collaboration with Roti Foundation, Shah Rukh’s NGO will also provide 3 lakh meal kits to 10,000 people per day for at least a month in Mumbai. Meer Foundation has also teamed up with Working People’s Charter to provide basic essentials and grocery items for at least a month to over 2500 daily wage workers, who have been identified across Delhi. The foundation will also provide support to 100 acid-attack victims in UP, Bihar, West Bengal and Uttarakhand.
“This crisis is not going to pass in a hurry, it will take its time and its toll on all of us. It will also show us that there isn’t really a choice between looking out for ourselves and looking out for one another,” said Khan as he informed his fans about the steps taken by his companies.
Many Bollywood actors like Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif among others too have contributed towards PM CARES.
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