India is in the midst of the biggest health crisis. In the past three days, the country has recorded more than one million cases of COVID-19 with 346,786 new cases during the night of April 24, 2021. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, said at a virtual briefing in Geneva on Friday, “The situation in India is a devastating reminder of what the virus can do.” Besides the country’s citizens who identify resources and help those in need Across the country via multiple social media channels, it has come to a point that hospitals are sending SOS messages on social media due to lack of oxygen supplies and medical facilities.
Now, in less than 24 hours and pushing the goal, BTS ARMY has raised over Rs. 20 lakh (Rs. 2,013,322) around 8:05 p.m. IST for COVID-19 on April 24, 2021. The goal through this collection of fund is “to tap into a pool of resources that many NGOs and activists engaged in mutual aid workers do not.” In addition, many are also overwhelmed with the work on the ground and cannot afford to allow focusing on the logistical aspects of research or organization of donations. We want to step in here and help in whatever capacity we can, and we will make sure to do so with full transparency. “
On April 23, at 9:30 p.m. IST, fans of the Grammy-nominated South Korean group BTS, called ARMY, launched a fundraiser to help Indian citizens. BTS fan club BANGTAN INDIA posted a donation link on Twitter on April 23 at 9:30 p.m. IST, urging fans around the world and even locals to educate themselves about the fundraiser so people can spend the word and donate in any capacity. Through this fundraiser, the plan is to help provide free oxygen cylinders, deliver medical supplies, and energize the kitchen that provides meals to COVID-19 patients at home and the homeless. “India is currently facing one of the worst covid epidemics in the history of the pandemic. The second wave is much more deadly than the first, and our health care infrastructure is under great strain. Individuals, as well as organizations, are trying to support the needs of the many people affected by covid as best they can, ”the statement read.
As we know India is facing one of the worst second waves of Covid 19, with each passing day it becomes more and more difficult for health workers and frontline workers.
We ask ARMYs around the world to help us because it is a situation of helplessness.
– BANGTAN INDIA ⁷ ???????? (@BangtanINDIA) April 23, 2021
Since an ARMY group launched a rescue page to keep everyone up to date with donations, where the money will be given and what they want to achieve.
– Covid Relief for India (@CovidedralIn) April 24, 2021
When Bollywood Hungama wrote the story earlier today on April 24, it had only been 12 hours since the first target was reached which was Rs. 10 lakh. The donations were not limited to India but crossed the world. For those who couldn’t donate as times are tough for everyone in the world, using the power of a huge fandom, fans continued to boost fundraising as much as they could in order to keep going. to help India. Part of the donations has already reached the respective trusts.
“We will start with the distribution of funds and we are addressing the following initiatives for phase 1: – Anubhuti Trust (Maharashtra) They are aimed at pregnant women, single women, children, people with disabilities, homeless people , and those among the poorest of the nomadic and de-notified poor tribes living on the outskirts of towns and villages, not eligible for government benefits. – Mazdoor Kitchen (New Delhi) A citizen-led voluntary initiative, working to provide daily meals and subsistence. salaried workers in Delhi. – TYCIA Foundation (Delhi NCR) Provides free oxygen cylinders and concentrators to homes in Delhi NCR, ”official details from the MILAAP fundraising platform said on April 24, 2021.
The statement further stated: “We will withdraw 4.5 lakhs from the total funds collected from now on. Of the 4.5 lakhs, 3 lakhs will be transferred to one of our members’ accounts. Of these 3 lakhs, 1 , 5 lakh each will go to two different organizations which are Mazdoor Kitchen and TYCIA Foundation. The third 1.5 lakh (of the total amount withdrawn) will go to Anubhuti Trust, which will be transferred directly by Milaap. “
For global superstars, BTS, originally from South Korea, are known for their musical versatility, meaningful music and strong stage presence. Besides their thriving careers, they use their position to do philanthropic work. Some of their donations are highlighted in the media. This past year, they have supported various institutions to help people affected by the pandemic, art galleries, Black Lives Matter, the Live Nation team, etc. Their philanthropy is supported by ARMY! This is not the first time that BTS ARMY has taken the initiative to help the people of the country. Through organized efforts, they make monthly charitable donations, birthday fundraisers, the fandom chooses institutions to help them. They have helped during the Assam floods, organized fundraisers to help cancer patients, supported survivors of sexual assault to name just a few of their recent initiatives.
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