Actor Karthi, who is also the Treasurer of the South Indian Film Artistes Association, met the Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan to handover a cheque of Rs. 25 lakh for the Chief Minister Disaster Relief Fund.
He personally handed over the cheque on behalf of his brother and actor Suriya and himself. Soon after, he tweeted: “Just met the hon’ble CM of Kerala. I understand the state needs more funds than relief material. Please donate generously to “CMDRF”. #Keralafloods #CMDRF @CMOKerala.” Karthi also handed over another cheque amounting to Rs. 5 lakhs on behalf of the Nadigar Sangam to the CMDRF.
He then met the President of the Association of Malayalam Movie Actors (AMMA), Mohanlal, who is shooting for the upcoming film Lucifer in Thiruvananthapuram, and handed over a cheque of Rs. 10 lakh for the AMMA’s Guru Dakshana scheme, which is a pension plan for senior artistes. During the 25th anniversary of AMMA a couple of months ago, Suriya had promised that he would donate the amount and kept his word. Karthi delivered the cheque as promised by his older brother.
The brothers had announced about donating the amount earlier this week. “In immediate response to the devastating scenario in Kerala due to heavy floods, actors Suriya and Karthi have come forward to contribute a total sum of Rs 25,00,000 to Kerala Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund,” said a statement issued by the actors' team.
“It’s turning out to be a much heart-wrenching scenario to see the paradisiacal landscapes of Idukki, Aluva, Palakkad, Malappuram and Wayanad ravaged with mountainous slopes sliding and lands submerged in waters,” the statement added.
It may be mentioned here that the situation is grim in Kerala with the state reeling under severe floods. The Chief Minister of Kerala has requested financial and other aid that would help people in distress and rebuild the state. Political parties, actors, businesspersons, students, and others, from across the globe are extending help.
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