Actor Shah Rukh Khan has now extended his support for Cyclone Amphan relief in West Bengal. The official Twitter handle for his IPL (Indian Premier League) team, Kolkata Knight Riders, posted that they would be planting five thousand trees and an undisclosed amount has been transferred to the relief fund set up by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the state.
“We must stay strong through these testing times until we can smile together again,” in a statement issued by the team.
Another initiative has been launched by SRK and KKR, named KKR Sahayta Vahan where volunteers will be going to four badly affected districts in West Bengal, namely Kolkata, North and South Parganas and Purba Medinipur and essential items like ration and hygiene products will be distributed to those who need it.
The statement also says that social distancing will be followed by the volunteers and masks and sanitisers will be used by them.
“The people of #Kolkata and #WestBengal have embraced #KKR and extended their love and unconditional support over the years. This is a small effort on our part to provide some relief to those affected” - @VenkyMysore #Cyclone #Amphan #PrayForWestBengal #KorboLorboJeetbo #KKR pic.twitter.com/ES2uHK1Yq7— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 27, 2020
On May 20, Cyclone Amphan pummeled through West Bengal and Odisha and caused unimaginable damage and at least 80 people lost their lives. In the aftermath of the cyclone, SRK had tweeted his condolences saying, "My prayers, thoughts & love to those affected by the devastation caused by cyclone Amphan in Bengal & Odisha. The news has left me feeling hollow. Each & everyone of them is my own."
My prayers, thoughts & love to those affected by the devastation caused by cyclone Amphan in Bengal & Odisha. The news has left me feeling hollow. Each & everyone of them is my own. Like my family. We must stay strong through these testing times until we can smile together again.— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 22, 2020
As expected, people welcomed SRK and team KKR's decision to step forth and help those affected by the cyclone, some even said they wanted to volunteer:
It's time for KORBO for the city of joy it's time to give back to the city.from #korbolorbojeetbo— imran king khan (@imrankingkhan7) May 27, 2020
Thnku thnku very mch for ur effort and un conditional love for us thnku vry mch kkr family❤️❤️— Tanweer Athar (@tanweer_athar) May 27, 2020
Just the Knight thing to do, so proud of you my super team— ♡ ♡ ღ (@JacyKhan) May 27, 2020