Helping fingers: Celebrities around the globe doing their bit to fight coronavirus

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Rihanna’s charity basis has pledged $5 million in direction of catastrophe aid efforts within the United States, the Carribean and Africa.&  | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspTwitter

Key Highlights

  • Earlier this week, the pop sensation’s charity, Clara Lionel Foundation introduced that it could be pledging a whopping $5 million in direction of the coronavirus response efforts
  • China’s richest man, and the previous chairman of the monolithic e-commerce outfit, Alibaba, revealed on Twitter that he was serving to prepare and distribute 1 million maks, and 500,000 diagnostic kits to the United States
  • Thalaivar has, reportedly, donated Rs 50 lakh towards the each day wage staff of the South Indian movie trade

The novel coronavirus is now rampaging internationally, forcing everybody to scamper into their houses and keep put, within the hope that some semblance of normalcy will return sooner somewhat than later. Sure, there are many individuals who will come out of this with nothing greater than a scratch to indicate for it, however for almost all, the pandemic has them worrying about their jobs and their livelihoods From layoffs, to a scarcity of meals, many individuals around the globe are scuffling with grave uncertainty, with nothing however hope to cling on to. 

While many public figures and celebrities around the globe have voiced help for healthcare staff on the frontline of the battle, proliferated vital security suggestions and precautions, and shared messages of encouragement and solidarity, a choose few have opted to place their cash the place their mouths are, and loosened the purse strings. Here, we check out a few of the most distinguished media personalities to have lent a serving to hand through donations, 

Rihanna

Earlier this week, the pop sensation’s charity, Clara Lionel Foundation introduced that it could be pledging a whopping $5 million in direction of the coronavirus response efforts. In a press release issued through its web site, it said that the cash would go in direction of serving to “on-the-ground partners on the frontlines of disaster response,” aiding weak communities within the United States, the Caribbean and Africa. 

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

The couple are usually recognized for his or her social media banter and trolling, however have determined to place the jokes apart for a second, revealing, in mid-March, that they’d be donating $1 million to be cut up between the organisations, the American-based Feeding America and Canada-based Food Banks Canada. 

Lady Gaga

Since the outbreak, Lady Gaga has persistently shared messages of solidarity however on 16 March, her magnificence line, Haus Labs introduced that 20 per cent of all its gross sales can be going in direction of serving to native meals banks in Los Angeles and New York catering to the worst affected populations. 

Jack Ma

China’s richest man, and the previous chairman of the monolithic e-commerce outfit, Alibaba, revealed on Twitter that he was serving to prepare and distribute 1 million maks, and 500,000 diagnostic kits to the United States, through the philanthropic arm of the corporate, the Alibaba Foundation. Since then, Ma has continued to announce extra donations to over 60 totally different nations together with many in Europe and Africa. 

Bill Gates
 

Bill Gates, alongside along with his spouse Melinda, have made names for themselves as two of probably the most distinguished philanthropists internationally. In February, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation introduced that it could commit $100 million towards the struggle towards the coronavirus. This was over and above the $10 million it pledged in January. 
 

Rajinikanth, Suriya, Sivakarthikeyan and Vijay Sethupathi
 

Thalaivar has, reportedly, donated Rs 50 lakh towards the each day wage staff of the South Indian movie trade, shortly after Film Employees Federation of South India President RK Selvamani made a plea to the movie fraternity to chip in, wherever they might. Shortly after Rajinikanth’s donation, Suriya, Sivakarthikeyan and Vijay Sethupathi additionally displayed their beneficiant sides by pledging Rs 10 lakh every as properly. 

Anand Mahindra

Industry tycoon and Chairman of Mahindra Group additionally received in on the act, providing to transform Mahindra Holiday resorts into momentary care services to help the sick and contaminated. Mahindra additionally introduced plans to re-purpose the corporate’s manufacturing models to supply much-needed ventilators within the struggle towards COVID-19. He additionally pledged to create a fund whereby he would donate 100 per cent of his wage in direction of catastrophe response initiatives. 

Anubhav Sinha

Thappad director Anubhav Sinha has joined forces with the Producers Guild of India and the Federation of Western India Cine Employees as they appear to arrange a aid fund and ration distribution community. In a sequence of tweets, Sinha said he was seeking volunteers who might assist him distribute foodgrains to the needy throughout numerous areas in Mumbai. Soon after, actors Ronit Roy and Karanvir Bohra in addition to filmmaker Sudhir Mishra introduced their intentions to take part within the initiative. 

Bajrang Punia

In a present of nice generosity, wrestler Bajrang Punia has pledged to donate six months price of his wage to aid efforts arrange by the Manohar Lal Khattar-led Haryana authorities, urging others to comply with swimsuit and do the identical. 

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