Anurag Kashyap, Varun Grover, Kunal Kamra auction their trophies to raise funds for Covid test kits

Kashyap took to Twitter and said whoever bids the highest, gets the winning Filmfare trophy.

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The campaign aims to raise Rs 13,44,000 in the next 30 days for ten kits which will help one thousand people get tested.
MUMBAI: Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, writer Varun Grover and comedian Kunal Kamra are auctioning their trophies to raise funds for COVID-19 test kits.

The campaign aims to raise Rs 13,44,000 in the next 30 days for ten kits which will help one thousand people get tested.

Kashyap took to Twitter and said whoever bids the highest, gets the winning Filmfare trophy for his acclaimed gangster-drama "Gangs of Wasseypur".


"Highest bidder gets the original trophy for the Filmfare critics award best film 2013, 'Gangs of Wasseypur,'" Kashyap tweeted.


Grover shared a picture of his trophy for penning the lyrics of "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" for the Ayushmann Khurrana-Bhumi Pednekar starrer "Dum Laga Ke Haisha".

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"Adding the TOIFA trophy I won for 'Moh Moh Ke Dhaage' (DLKH, 2015) for charity auction to raise funds for Covid test kits. Putting it up on ebay in 2050 was my retirement fund plan but i believe now is a better time to use it to secure India's future," he wrote.


Kamra said he's giving away his YouTube Button—a creator award which aims to recognise most popular channels—to the highest donor.

"I urge all artists to give away their prized possessions towards charity in such difficult times. While every penny counts the highest donor will get the button," Kamra tweeted.


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According to the crowdfunding platform Milaap, the money raised through the campaign will be transferred directly from Milaap Foundation to Mylab Discovery Solutions, which will help Burda Media India secure the COVID-19 testing kits that will be donated to hospitals and labs.

"The cost of each testing kit is Rs 1.2Lacs + GST and each testing kit has the capacity to test 100 samples. We aim to donate ten testing kits, which will help ,1000 people get tested for COVID-19, free of cost," a description on the platform read.

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Cause and effect: Nehwal said that she was pained by what happened to the jawans and this was a small contribution to the families who have “suffered irreparable loss”.
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Leonadro DiCaprio $15 million

In February, the Hollywood star pledged US$15 million in grants for environmental projects, of which $3.4 million was promised specifically to causes in Ecuador. It will be used for protecting the last remaining rain-forests, including the Amazon, where the palm oil industry is threatening vast spans of land. The biggest chunk of funding—$6 million—was pledged to Global Fishing Watch, a platform that uses satellite data to monitor fishing activities.

Cause and effect: DiCaprio, after pledging the amount, asked political leaders to take more action against climate change and decried those who deny it is a problem.
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Sachin Tendulkar Rs 76 lakh

Lakh The cricket legend has a soft spot for education, having bestowed charitable amounts for the cause in the past. Early this year, a municipal school in West Bengal received a donation worth Rs 76 lakh from Tendulkar to help better its facilities. Members of the school staff had sent out several letters to prominent personalities asking for help , including Tendulkar, who responded with a big cheque. Just last week, he also donated Rs 25 lakh to a hospital in Kerala’s Ernakulam for setting up a digital X-ray unit.

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Andrew Forrest $400 million

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest made one of the country’s biggest philanthropic donations in May 2017 worth $400 million to causes covering a broad spectrum of issues. The donation set a new benchmark for private sector philanthropy in Australia, which have traditionally relied on government subsidies to stay afloat.

Cause and effect: According to Forrest, he wanted his donation to include $75 million for cancer research, $75 million for higher education, $75 million for childhood education and $75 million to be directed towards fighting modern slavery.

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Michael Bloomberg $300 million

The former New York mayor and former media mogul is not satisfied with just one donation. Bloomberg has made three bigticket charities as of August 2017. He donated $15 million to the United Nations to make up for the loss suffered from US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement, while only last month, he offered nearly $75 million to a not-for-profit art center in New York.

Cause and effect: The largest donation, however was a $300 million fund to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore to finance an ambitious effort to target opioid addiction, gun violence and other issues that are shortening lives and disrupting communities across the US.


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Warren Buffett $3.17 billion

Following in the footsteps of his long-time friend Bill Gates, Buffett made a hefty donation of roughly $3.17 billlion of Berkshire Hathaway stocks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities. Buffett has given $27.54 billion in donations since 2006 to the five charities.

Cause and effect:This is Buffett’s largest contribution in a more than decade-long plan to give away his fortune. The billionaire, in 2006, made a pledge to make annual gifts of stock to the foundations throughout his lifetime and beyond.

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