Coronavirus Outbreak: Vidya Balan pledges to donate 1000 PPE kits to frontline health workers

Vidya Balan aimed to also raise money for more PPE kits through her fundraising collaboration with Tring.

FP Staff April 26, 2020 11:51:20 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Vidya Balan pledges to donate 1000 PPE kits to frontline health workers

Vidya Balan has decided to donate 1000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to the frontline healthcare staff across India.

In a video message posted on her Facebook page, the actor announced that she is also collaborating with celebrity shout-out platform Tring to raise money for additional 1000 PPE kits.

In the war against COVID-19 our health care professionals are like our soldiers at the border fighting for our health and freedom. Just like we equip our soldiers for the battle we must do the same with our medical staff. There is a critical shortage of PPE for our senior doctors, residents, nurses and ward boys in their daily work.

Here is the announcement

As a result, a lot of our hospitals are not functioning at full capacity. Join me in changing this now. I am donating 1000 PPE ktis to hospital and medical staff across the country. And I am pledging to raise money for another 1000, she said.

According to a statement issued by the actor's team, she has joined hands with Tring to provide additional 1000 PPE kits, in association with Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films and photographer-producer Atul Kasbekar.

For donations made through Tring, Vidya will be recognising the support of every donor by sending a personal thank you video message, and a chance for a two-minute video call with her.

Vidya said each PPE kit is worth Rs 650 (all-inclusive of delivery costs and applicable taxes) and it consists of one coverall laminated and waterproof, nitrile gloves, goggles, face shields, 3-ply surgical mask and shoe covers.

Today, Vidya said that money for over 2500 kits, double the initial target, had been raised. She thanked those who had donated to the campaign, adding that the fundraiser will be active for some more time.

Here is the follow-up video

(With inputs from Press Trust of India)

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