We For India: Ananya Panday, Vidya Balan, Sara Ali Khan join Ed Sheeran and other celebs to raise funds for Covid-19 initiative launched by The World We Want


London based global social impact enterprise, The World We Want (WWW), founded by Natasha Mudhar, has announced the launch of ‘We For India: Saving Lives, Protecting Livelihoods’, a global digital broadcast expected to raise over INR 25 Crores for COVID-19 relief in India. The three-hour digital fundraiser will feature over 100 major stars and icons from the world of film, music, comedy and sports, streamed live on Facebook globally this Independence Day, Sunday, August 15, at 7.30 pm IST. The event will also provide an opportunity for viewers worldwide to also donate in real-time to aid post Covid-19 pandemic missions and provide vital preventative measures against future waves.

The event will see celebs like Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh, Malaika Arora, Dia Mirza, Kalki Koechlin, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Sanya Malhotra, Ananya Panday, Alaya F,  Javed Akhtar, Prabhudeva, Remo D’Souza, A.R. Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan, Usha Uthup, Pandit Bikram Ghosh, Mithoon, Amit Trivedi, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani, Salim Merchant,  Sulaiman Merchant, Swanand Kirkire, Shantanu Moitra,  Kanika Kapoor, Lisa Mishra and sporting superstar Mahesh Bhupati will also be seen participating in some of the most endearing and enthralling performances. The show will also feature medical professionals who will share their experiences and urgent requirements to keep India safe.

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The celebrities will unite to express solidarity and support for saving lives and livelihoods in India after the devastation caused by the second wave of the pandemic. We For India will feature engaging content, including video messages of support from A-List stars, stand-up comedy and musical performances, interactions with frontline heroes, immersive fitness challenges, hilarious games, and more, streamed to homes as the world joins hands in solidarity and unity with the people of India.

For the event, WWW has partnered with Reliance Entertainment, the leading media and entertainment company. Funds will be generated and further allocated across post Covid-19 relevant causes by GiveIndia, India’s most trusted online donation platform, to provide both humanitarian aid and strengthen healthcare infrastructure. Natasha Mudhar, Founder of WWW says, “Globally, the pandemic has had a profound impact with lives tragically lost and the economic impact felt by families and businesses around the globe. Though society has been battling the pandemic in different corners of the world, the aggressive nature of the second wave in India forced us all to stop in our tracks and realise the true devastation at hand as a result of the virus. The legacy impact of COVID-19 in India from a socio-economic perspective is unfolding in real time, and without action this impact could well be prolonged for an entire generation.”

“Millions of people have lost a family member, while millions more are experiencing severe economic strain either due to the costs of medical treatment or for having lost their livelihoods as a result of the lockdowns. We For India aims not only to spotlight the urgent and sustained action needed on ground, but also initiates the first line of support by rallying global attention and contributions towards the cause to inspire much needed action,” adds Mudhar.

Some international stars supporting the event include Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox, Lola Lennox, Mick Jagger, Nancy Ajram, Nile Rodgers, Sister Sledge ft. Sledgendary, Jay Shetty, Ini Dima-Okojie, Dina Shihabi, amongst several others. Proceeds from the event will be utilised to provide critical facilities such as oxygen concentrators, cylinders, ventilators, and essential medicines as well as ICU units. Funds will also go towards supporting the staffing of vaccination centers, and mobilised to support long-term public recovery and rebuild livelihoods such as those thrust into poverty due to a decline in earnings and complete loss of income. Humanitarian efforts in the form of meal and ration kits will be provided to the rural and urban families hit financially by the pandemic. Cash relief will be provided to families who have lost an immediate member.

“Our aim here is not short term action - but to support the long-term recovery for those impacted by the pandemic. The funds we deploy will go a long way in positively changing the lives of families, and we hope our actions inspire a national outpouring of support that can sustain the recovery. We For India is testament to the fact that the global fraternity is with India, and that together we can defeat this pandemic. The pandemic is only over when it is defeated in all countries,” concludes Natasha.