Sriranjani: Amit and I are raising funds to buy 20 oxygen concentrators for hospitals in ThanjavurDuring the second wave of COVID-19, several celebrities have been stepping forward to aid those in need, either by providing financial assistance, helping them procure medical facilities, or by just opening conversations around mental wellbeing. Joining the list is TV couple Amit Barghav and Sriranjani. The two have started a crowdfunding initiative to acquire oxygen concentrators for hospitals in the Thanjavur district.
“Right from the first time the lockdown was announced last year, Amit and I have been doing our bit on and off. We have been sourcing food for those in need, encouraging people to pay their house help the full salary, and helping students acquire scholarships, among others. But this is the most regulated, properly structured initiative that we have started,” begins Sriranjani, a popular singer and host.
Talking about how the idea came about, she says, “It was Nimal Raghavan, an environmentalist who volunteers in the Thanjavur delta belt, who told me how there is a shortage of oxygen concentrators and good ambulance services in hospitals there. So, we thought that we should put the power of social media to good use. When you see news, you know what’s happening in Chennai, Coimbatore, and Madurai, but Thanjavur and Pudukottai are almost always forgotten. We wanted to raise awareness about what’s happening there. We are raising funds through Milaap to buy 20 oxygen concentrators; it can actually help 40 patients at a time. This drastically improves the condition there.”
The couple has already procured four oxygen concentrators and they have been given to hospitals in Peravurani, Pattukkottai, Aranthangi, and Alangudi. “We drive the awareness and the donation online, and the collector, with whom we are in touch, talks to the right people and acquires the machines,” she says.
Apart from this, the power couple has also been using social media to spread positivity and cheer. “When the lockdown was announced post election, a lot of people were down and feeling low. So, Amit shared a post, saying he’d reward those who put consistent effort in improving any aspect of their life during those two weeks. So many people shared their fitness journey and showed us how they lost weight or improved their stamina. There were some who wanted to learn to draw and do portraits. Others wanted to learn a new skill. The idea is if you do something regularly for a few days, it becomes a habit. And being productive will make you feel happy. You start doing things to keep yourself occupied and you will start feeling positive about yourself. At the end of two weeks, he rewarded two people with Rs 4000 each out of his own pocket. Such kutti kutti initiatives also make us happy,” she signs off.
Sriranjani: Amit and I are raising funds to buy 20 oxygen concentrators for hospitals in Thanjavur