Priyanka Chopra urges fans to help India amid COVID-19 crisis

Priyanka Chopra urges fans to help India amid COVID-19 crisis
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April 29th, 2021 | ABC News Radio

(LONDON) — Priyanka Chopra is taking to social media to raise awareness about the COVID-19 crisis in her home country of India.

From London, the Quantico star shared an impassioned plea to her Instagram on Wednesday urging her almost 63 million followers to lend a helping hand.  

In the video, which is just over a minute long, Priyanka explains, “Why do we need to care? Why is it so urgent right now?… There are no rooms in ICUs, ambulances are too busy, oxygen supply is less, crematoriums having mass cremations because the volume of deaths is so much.”

She continues, “India is my home and India is bleeding. And we, as a global community, need to care. And I’ll tell you why we need to care: Because unless everyone is safe, no one is safe.”

In the caption of the post, the 38-year-old actress and NY Times bestselling author goes on to share that she’s set up a fundraiser in conjunction with GiveIndia that will provide COVID-19 relief — a fundraiser that she and husband, Nick Jonas, “already have and will continue to contribute” to. 

“Whatever you can spare, truly makes a difference. Nearly 63 million people follow me on here, if even 100,000 of you donate $10, that’s $1 Million, and that’s huge,” Priyanka wrote, before explaining that the funds would be used for “healthcare physical infrastructure (including Covid care centres, Isolation centers, and oxygen generation plants), medical equipment, and vaccine support and mobilization.”

“We need to beat this virus, and to do that requires ALL of us,” she concluded. “From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!”

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