Celebrities are uniting to help aid India as the country is crushed under their second Covid-19 wave.
More and more celebrities from Robert Pattinson to Lily Collins are stepping in and stepping up to use their social media platforms to raise funds and drive relief efforts. GO Campaign has announced that its COVID Relief Fund will mobilize to provide assistance in India in a variety of ways that include vaccinations, PPE, medicine, food deliveries, daily health checks, pulse oximeters, self-inflating resuscitators, education resources for children, and other potentially life-saving items. The Go Campaign’s annoucement came right as India set a single-day record for most new COVID-19 cases with 412,262. ambassadors of GO Campaign include Ewan McGregor, Lily Collins, and Robert Pattinson. The celeb joined the fight to help spread awareness of India’s critical situation while also raising money to support the COVID Relief Fund.
“India is facing a devastating second wave of COVID-19, and their healthcare system does not have enough resources to care for everybody,” explained Collins. “They are in dire need of protective equipment, oxygen, medicine and food to save lives. I have such beautiful memories of my time in India and the country will always hold such a special place in my heart.” Ewan McGregor added: “Any donation amount can make a difference and can help save lives.”
GO Campaign has set a goal of raising $250,000 from grassroots donors in the next two weeks to further fund relief efforts. In doing so, it will also rely on a roster of Hollywood activists who partnered with GO in 2020 as “Changemakers,” people like Minka Kelly, Brandon Flynn, Nikki Reed, Max Carver, Alex MacNicoll and Abigail Cowen, among others. Ambassador Pattinson said, “Think of GO as a really meaningful investment fund, they take your dollars and invest them in children, in a diverse portfolio, for maximum results. And the common thread is those heroes, their proven track record, their commitment to serving children.”
Other charities are joining the fray, in an effort to spread awareness and aid. The cast and creators of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever are coming together May 8 for a live table read as well as a sneak peek of the upcoming second season of the comedy series as a benefit for GiveIndia. Priyanka Chopra Jonas has been very vocal and active on social media as well as Mindy Kaling. Priyanka stated via an instagram live + posts: “People are dying in record numbers. There is illness everywhere, and it’s only continuing to spread and kill at great speed and scale,” later she added, “No one is safe until everyone is safe.” She urges her platform to donate via the hashtag #TogetherforIndia via Give India.