Radhika Dhawad | Apr 4, 2020 15:18
After Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan announced a series of initiatives to help the Central and state governments to combat COVID-19, he also offered his personal four-storied office in Mumbai for quarantines.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday morning, through it’s official Twitter handle thanked the superstar and his wife Gauri Khan for the gesture. BMC wrote, “Stronger together. We thank Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan for offering their 4-storey personal office space to help expand our quarantine capacity equipped with essentials for quarantined children, women and elderly. Indeed a thoughtful and timely gesture!”
Khan few days back through his companies – Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX –contributed to a number of relief funds, including the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-Cares) fund and Maharashtra chief minister’s relief fund, among others.
He’d said, “Given the enormity of the task, my team and I discussed ways to contribute in our own modest way. We have come up with a series of initiatives, which we hope will make a small difference.”
He further said, “The KKR franchise and his NGO Meer Foundation will work with the Maharashtra and West Bengal governments for the supply of 50,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the healthcare professionals, whom Shah Rukh called the ‘real heroes’ of the battle against COVID-19. Khan’s NGO Meer Foundation has also tied up with Ek Saath – The Earth to provide daily food requirements to over 5,500 families for at least a month in Mumbai.”
Meer Foundation also joined hands with Working People’s Charter to provide basic essentials and grocery items for at least a month to over 2,500 daily wageworkers in Delhi. It will also provide support to 100 acid attack victims in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Uttarakhand.
The superstar said a kitchen will also be set up to send out 2,000 freshly cooked meals everyday to help households and hospitals whose daily needs aren’t being fulfilled. Moreover, in association with Roti Foundation, Khan’s NGO will provide three lakh meal kits to 10,000 underprivileged people and daily wage labourers daily for at least a month in Mumbai.