As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the lives of people and businesses in Pakistan, the condition of the poor is becoming grim with time. The government is working on different projects to help the needy in this time of crisis. However, to play their part, many Pakistanis have also started drives that can let them survive in this difficult phase.
‘Donate Karo Na’ gets support from cricket stars
Former cricketer Shahid Afridi launched his campaign last week to help those in need amid the COVID-19 crisis. He also started a challenge as part of his campaign and nominated two international and one local cricketer for it. All they have to do is to record a video with a tip on staying safe. Soon cricketers from everywhere including India voiced their support for the cause.
Here’s what Boom Boom has to say about the coronavirus challenge.
Global chairman @SAFoundationN Mr. @SAfridiOfficial nominates Mr. @iamamirofficial , Mr. @harbhajan_singh and Mr. @CJordan for #DonateKaroNa Challenge to tackle #Covid19 pandemic, support the needy & ensuring #HopeNotOut for all! #Stayhometosavelives & #DonateKaroNa to the cause pic.twitter.com/cO2FvADhW2
— Shahid Afridi Foundation (@SAFoundationN) March 28, 2020
Shahid Afridi Foundation aims to go to remote areas as the resources are limited there. As per the post, Afridi also urged everyone to contribute to his caus.e Initially, Boom Boom nominated Pakistani cricketer Muhammad Amir, India’s Harbhajan Singh, and English all-rounder Chris Jordan to take up the challenge.
Apart from the three nominees, Afghanistan’s Rashid Ali, Babar Azam, and Australian journalist Dennis Freedman also poured in to support the campaign. They also nominated cricket legend Wasim Akram, Yuvraj Singh, and Shoaib Akhtar in their videos.
The world is passing through extremely testing and unprecedented times.Let’s do our bit to help @SAfridiOfficial @SAFoundationN doing gr8 work plz join hands with them nd contribute what ever u can https://t.co/t9OvfEPp79 for covid19 @wasimakramlive @YUVSTRONG12 @shoaib100mph pic.twitter.com/sB2fxCAQqY
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 29, 2020
Chris Jordan also joined the chain and nominated three more cricket stars.
@SAfridiOfficial @SAFoundationN #DonateKaroNa @PhilSalt1 @ravibopara @Russell12A #DonateKaroNa pic.twitter.com/QUAIm1Y9XI
— Chris Jordan (@CJordan) March 28, 2020
Voluntarily taking up the challenge, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan gave out three names too.
I’m taking part in the #DonateKaroNa campaign now nominate @MohammadNabi007 @MShahzad077 @Mujeeb_R88
Please do your part too and donate at https://t.co/roVUyjTPNn @SAfridiOfficial pic.twitter.com/nN6QYCvXLC
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) March 28, 2020
Young Pakistani captain Babar Azam also pitched in with Imam-ul-Haq, Hassan Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed.
Thanks @iamamirofficial. Great work by @SAFoundationN for those who are in need of our support and love. Lets donate as much as you can for this noble cause on https://t.co/AsQ3AcuR12
From my end I nominate @ImamUlHaq12, @RealHa55an and @SarfarazA_54 bhai. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/hj4O2OhnbP
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) March 29, 2020
Australian journalist Dennis Freedman also became part of the challenge and tagged Junoon the band, singer Ali Zafar and ‘eye to eye’ famed, Taher Shah.
I was nominated to make a video for the #DonateKaroNa cause by @SamaraAfzal
Given I'm a Pakistani rockstar, I nominate @OfficialJunoon, @AliZafarsays and @TaherShahh
STEP UP YOU THREE!!!
Help @SAfridiOfficial and the @SAFoundationN save lives.https://t.co/e0cnnkiqMW pic.twitter.com/UkLFRxdF1k
— Dennis Does Isolation (@DennisCricket_) March 29, 2020
Praising Afridi’s selfless efforts for humanity, Shaheen Shah Afridi shared his amazing experience while visiting the foundation in Kohat.
Visited this amazing hospital of @SAFoundationN in Kohat. Met so many brave and selfless people. You can also donate for this noble cause by visiting https://t.co/4qjAKGsfOG
May Allah SWT keep you all in his shade of immense love and protection, Ameen. #RiseAndRise pic.twitter.com/Ty5xEYoSJs
— Shaheen Shah Afridi (@iShaheenAfridi) March 29, 2020
Hopes are high that more and more people will pitch in with Shahid Afridi and will dedicatedly play their part. It won’t be wrong to say that the dangerous coronavirus crisis has converged all Pakistanis on one platform for one cause. Donate as much as you can so that the poor don’t have to sleep with an empty stomach again. Hope not out!
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