In times of natural disasters, the world comes together to help those in need. The Bollywood fraternity has also pledged their support for the crisis in Nepal, which shook the entire country with loss of lives and people displaces from their homes. According to Pinkvilla, Indian actor Kunal Kapoor is spearheading the effort with the help of Anil Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Vir Das and others via fundraising space Ketto.
The Ketto campaign with the hashtag #JoinHandsforNepal is being used on Twitter to garner support. Kunal Kapoor is also co-founder of Ketto which has brought in the support of superstars Dia Mirza, Anupam Kher, Aditi Rao Hydari, Nargis Fakhri, Abhishek Bachchan, Gaurav Kapur and Lisa Ray.
The idea is to raise at least Rs.100,000 which will cover expenses of 20 survival kits costing Rs. 5000 that include tarpaulin, mats and hygiene kit. CARE INDIA will utilize the funds to assist in Nepal’s rehabilitation. Dia Mirza took to social microblogging site Twitter and posted, “You can help me raise funds for #NepalQuakeRelief. Each survival kit costs INR5000/- #CareIndia @ketto http://ketto.org/JoinHandsforNepal … Thank you.”
Similarly, Gaurav Kapur tweeted, “I know a lot of you want to help the relief effort in Nepal. No amount is too big, or too small. Donate here http://ketto.org/cometogetherforNepal.” From the young crowd, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Shraddha Kapoor have aligned themselves to the Ketto campaign. Alia Bhatt also took to Twitter and said, “People need our help!! Join hands with me and lets make it happen guys… Each survival kit costs 5000 rupees http://ketto.org/standbynepal.”
Karan Johar of ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ fame also tweeted, “Please extend all your support and contribute to the devastation in Nepal….www.facebook.com/nepalirelief.” Indian stand-up comedia Vir Das has initiated an innovative idea to help the Nepali citizens in need. He posted on his Facebook page, “We are spending the day trying to tie up with the right NGOs to set up a collection drive for Nepal at each show of the #UnbelievableTour. The idea is for you to bring anything you can spare to the show. Some medicine, some products (which we shall give you details on), a blanket, types of clothes etc and we are trying to find the right people to send it across to those who need it.”
The Nepal earthquake has made life extremely difficult in the Himalayan country. The quake measured 7.9 magnitude and cost 3,351 in lives and injured 6,833. It is great to see Bollywood actors finding ways to help out and we should take inspiration from them by joining in their efforts.