Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Sonu appeals for kids orphaned in pandemic

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Bollywood actor Sonu Sood said, ‘Life is so unfair, as he shared the sad story of a 19-year-old girl who lost her entire family to COVID-19. On his Twitter handle, the actor maintained the teenager’s anonymity and shared a post on how his parents and brother succumbed to the virus within just 10 days. Sharing the post with heart-wrenching emoticons, the actor appealed to all fans and fellow Indians to reach out and help the many other children who have been orphaned during the pandemic. In his tweet, Sonu said, “I woke up to the news that her mother has also just passed away. Now, this little girl is all alone. Please come forward and support such families. They need you.” ” Acknowledging that due to various constraints not everyone may be able to help, he said, “If you can’t, let me know, I will.”

Sonu was one of the first Bollywood stars to become champions for children who lost their parents. His efforts were appreciated by friend and fellow Bollywood star, Priyanka Chopra. Sharing the video of Sonu urging the Indian government to make education free for any child who has lost their parents to COVID-19, he called him a ‘visionary philanthropist’.

Priyanka wrote a note that read, “Have you heard of visionary philanthropists? My colleague @sonu_sood is one of them. He thinks and plans ahead. Think it through carefully as the impact is long term and This includes children—amidst the many horrors of the pandemic, it is about children who have lost one or both parents due to COVID-19. Disruption, sad loss, and Their education stops altogether due to a combination of economic factors. Loss.”

Apart from Sonu, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan also made headlines when he revealed that he had adopted two children who lost both their parents. Apart from taking care of his educational needs, he also revealed in his blog post that he will provide financial support till he grows up. “Little children.. orphaned by the sudden death of parents, left in oblivion… have adopted 2 and will be placed in an orphanage in Hyderabad.. Their study board and school are free till the end of Living in … from 1st to 10th… and if they come out bright to provide them free higher education… and more, as and when the means are cheap…” wrote Bachchan in his blog. Actor Salman Khan also reportedly extended financial assistance to a teenage boy who reached out to him for help after losing both parents to the virus.

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Source: TOI

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