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Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and hubby Nick Jonas set up a fundraiser for COVID stricken India

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and musician Nick Jonas stand for photographs at their wedding reception in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas have set up a fundraiser to help raise money for India amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ‘White Tiger’ actress – who was born in Jamshedpur, India – and her husband have teamed up with GiveIndia to organise a fundraiser for the country, as it is currently battling “the world’s worst COVID crisis”.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 06: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas and attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

In a message posted to Instagram, Priyanka said: “India, my home, is suffering the world’s worst Covid crisis, and we all need to help! People are dying in record numbers. There is illness everywhere, and it’s only continuing to spread and kill at great speed and scale. I have set up a fundraiser with GiveIndia, the largest organization on the ground in India providing Covid relief. Whatever you can spare, truly makes a difference. (sic)”

As of Thursday (29.04.21) afternoon, the fundraiser has collected nearly $250,000 of its $1 million goal after more than 5,000 people stepped up to donate to the cause.

Money raised from the fundraiser will go toward furthering India’s oxygen supply, providing life-saving equipment, setting up COVID care centres, and providing vaccinations and testing.

Priyanka and Nick, 28, also appeared in videos posted to the fundraiser’s website in which they spoke about India’s rising COVID-19 numbers, hospitalisations, and deaths, as well as its dwindling supplies.

The 38-year-old actress said: “Over the past month, we have seen the sudden rise and ravaging effects of COVID-19 as it’s blazed an unrelenting path across India. Even as the medics learn more about the virus, the threat continues to loom.

“We’re appealing to you all to contribute to the healthcare system, which is at a breaking point right now. It’s a humble request. Please contribute to our fundraiser on GiveIndia. Because unless everyone is safe, no one is safe.”

While Nick said the situation is “staggering”, adding that “so much is needed right now to stop the spread of this dreaded disease”.

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He said: “Every contribution matters. No matter how big or how small.”

Priyanka represented her motherland India on the world stage at the Miss World beaty pageant. Her mother entered her in the Femina Miss India contest of 2000, she finished second, winning the Femina Miss India World title. Chopra next won the Miss World pageant, where she was crowned Miss World 2000 and Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty—Asia & Oceania at the Millennium Dome in London on 30 November 2000. Chopra was the fifth Indian contestant to win Miss World, and the fourth to do so within seven years.

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