Initiatives taken by global icons to combat coronavirus pandemic

Updated: Apr 09, 2020, 02:03 PM(IST)

Famous celebrities across the world who are viewed as icons by millions of people have volunteered to donate as well as to raise funds to fight the deadly coronavirus. These icons range from celebrities to sports personalities. 

Here's the list:  

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

Hollywood power couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have donated $1 million to two hunger relief organisations as the world faces a severe crisis in times of coronavirus outbreak.

Working for vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic, these hunger organisations aim to help people that have no or limited access to food as the world countries join hands to fight against COVID-19. 


Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck donated 200,000 euros to Milan’s San Raffaele hospital to address supply shortages and limited supplies.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

AC Milan's talismanic forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic tested positive for COVID-19 on September 24. Milan said the 38-year-old was placed in quarantine at home and the health authorities had been informed. "I tested negative for Covid yesterday and positive today. No symptoms what so ever. Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea," said Ibrahimovic on Twitter. The former Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Inter Milan forward is the highest-profile Serie A player to test positive since play resumed in June following a three-month stoppage.


Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake announced on March 15 that he is donating to the Mid-South Food Bank in his hometown of Memphis.

The group helps people assemble and deliver non-perishable food to families in need.

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J.J. Watt

Houston Texans player J.J. Watt and his wife, Kealia Ohai, donated $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank to aid in relief efforts during the pandemic.


Producers Guild of India

Siddharth Roy Kapur, president of Producers Guild of India, announced that the GUILD will establish a relief fund for these daily-wage workers involved in the entertainment industry whose livelihoods have been hit by COVID-19 pandemic.



Anand Mahindra

The Mahindra Group chairman took to Twitter and wrote that there was an immediate need to create 'scores of temporary care facilities' to deal with the crisis. He offered to provide ventilators, opens up resort fir coronavirus care facility.


Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin

"Watching the news I couldn't imagine how scary it would be if a new disease was effecting my wife and my family and friends," the "Changes" singer wrote on Instagram.

He continued: "China we stand with you as a collective humanity and have made a donation to support. Whether it be this or the fires of Australia we all need to be there for each other. Shout out to my friend @kriswu for the conversation."

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Stephen Curry

The NBA star and his wife decided to help children who are being affected by their schools temporarily shutting down, with the goal of providing more than 1 million meals for kids.



Vanessa Hudgens

The singer donated to the Feeding America foundation and shared a screenshot of her receipt from the organization and wrote: "It's a crazy time out there in the world. School closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and the coronavirus' disproportionate impact on adults age 60 and older and low-income families are all contributing to the demands placed on food banks across the country."


Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell donated $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry, with the help of her two daughters.



Angelina Jolie

Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie, donated $1 million to charity that helps feed kids that rely on school meals. She donated to No Kid Hungry, an organisation that is distributing aid so communities can help feed children who relied on school lunches for their meals at a time when the whole world is at a lockdown because of COVID-19.



Rihanna joined the growing list of celebrities trying to help fight coronavirus pandemic. Her nonprofit organisation -- Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) -- has donated $5 million to aid coronavirus prevention, preparation and response efforts in the United States and across the globe.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger who have come forward to help those affected by the coronavirus. He donated $1 million to the Frontline Responders Fund.


 Cardi B

 Cardi B, will give away $1,000 every hour until May 20, 2020 to people in need during COVID-19 outbreak. 




In partnership with The Hilton Foundation, she pledged to donate $10 million, half of which will benefit organizations supporting the homeless population in Los Angeles, with the other half supporting African countries preparing for a COVID-19 outbreak. 


Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian first revealed that she was diagnosed with psoriasis in 2010 on 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians', and has been public about her experience with the skin condition ever since. 

Kim writes: "Even though I always grew up with my mom having psoriasis and hearing her talk about her struggle, I really had no idea what my life would be like dealing with an autoimmune disease myself."


Oprah Winfey

Oprah Winfrey will be donating $1 million to America's Food Fund as she has donated total amount of $10 million to fight for outbreak.


Leonard DiCaprio

LeonardoDiCaprio has teamed up with Apple, the philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, and the Ford Foundation to raise $15 million to support low-income families and the actor also helped to launch a food fund for communities impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus


Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson

Miley Cyrus along with boy friend Cody Simpson delivered 120 tacos to healthcare workers.


George & Amal Clooney

The couple has donated more than $1 million to various causes fighting for COVID-19.


Most goals in a calendar year

In 2012, Messi scored 79 times for Barcelona and 12 times for Argentina taking his total for the year to an unprecedented 91 goals in a year. He broke Gerd Müller's longstanding record of 85 goals achieved all the way back in 1972.


Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo. 


Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton have pledged $1 million donation to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville towards COVID-19 research. 


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