Amitabh Bachchan recently opened up about his contributions on India’s fight against COVID-19. He wrote a lengthy blog post enlisting his donations and offerings to hospitals and individuals affected by coronavirus.
He also participated in Vax Live, a fundraising concert advocating the importance of vaccine equity. Along with global celebrities like Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, Sean Penn, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Big B too urged all to extend a helping hand towards India and get vaccinated.
“Namaskar, this is Amitabh Bachchan. My country India is battling with the sudden surge of the second wave of Covid 19. As a global citizen I appeal to all global citizens to rise up, speak to your governments, pharmaceutical companies and ask them to donate, to give, to extend a helping hand, to the public that needs it the most. Every effort counts. As Mahatma Gandhiji said: ‘In a gentle way you can shake the world’. thank you,” he said in the video.
On Saturday, Bachchan spoke about how celebrities are being criticised for not doing enough during India’s battle against COVID. He shared he and his family succumbed to the distasteful comments of social media and chose to contribute quietly. Although, in his blog, he divulged into the details of their contributions.
Read excerpts from his blog here:
“Those that suffered during the CoViD last year .. providing food for over 400,000 daily wage earners in the country for a month .. feeding almost 5000 in the city each day lunch and dinner.
Provided masks , PPE units to front line warriors, Police Hospitals in the thousands .. through personal funds .. donating to the Sikh Committee that was helping the migrants to travel back home in the Inter State busses , where the drivers were mostly Sikhs ..
And as the virus spread, donated an entire Diagnostic Centre .. opened at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in Delhi through the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, set up in the premises of the Gurudwara for medical help for the poor and needy .. an MRI machine and other Sonographic and Scan equipments of expenses beyond my means, but set up inspite .. in the memory of my Nana , Naani and my Mother ..
A 250 to 450 bed care center set up with further donation at the Rakabganj Sahib Gurudwara today in Delhi and soon to procure for them O2 ( Oxygen ) concentrators, not in stock or easily available , from overseas limited stock to be donated to Delhi where the need is immense and some to Mumbai .. coming in within the week .. 50 of them coming in from Poland by 15th and the rest around 150 from perhaps the US .. orders placed , some have arrived and given to the Hospital in need ..
Ventilators of immediate need to the BMC and to the Municipal Hospitals ordered .. around 20 of them , of course within my limited means , to be in, in a few days .. some 10 have arrived today and on custom release shall be delivered ..
A 25-50 bed Hospital care center setting up at Juhu Army location at a School Hall , the Ritambhara School, with all facilities and should be up by the 12th of May .. donated funds to set up ..
3 very important detection machines donated to Nanavati Hospital , last week to help in the detection of CoviD ..
Young children .. orphaned by the sudden death of the parents, left in oblivion .. have adopted 2 and shall be put in an orphanage in Hyderabad .. their study board and lodging free till they finish School .. from the 1st to the 10th .. and if they turn out bright to provide them with free upper education ..
.. and more , as and when the means are affordable ..”
This is not all. Big B also revealed how he helped migrants last year by providing them with shoes and free commute via buses, trains and flights to their home town. The Bachchans fed 5000 labourers for two months and even paid off over 1500 farmers’ loans last year. The families of soldiers martyred during the Pulwama attack were provided succor by Abhishek and Shweta Bachchan.