Paying it forward

Vivek Anand Oberoi, who was shooting for Rohit Shetty’s web series Indian Police Force until early May, has taken a few weeks off to spearhead a multi-city fundraiser across the US. The actor has teamed up with CRY America for the initiative that aims to benefit over 7.5 lakh underprivileged children in India. The donations will be utilised to work towards the safety, health and education of kids. Oberoi, who has finished the San Francisco and San Diego leg, is grateful that people are doing their bit for children. “Both fundraisers were phenomenal successes. We are looking at doing [three more] fundraisers — in New York, Seattle, and Houston. We hope to create a big impact with this initiative,” he says.

Last year, the actor had started a similar event that provided aid to over 3,000 kids battling cancer. Stating that the donations pledged at the recent fundraisers have exceeded his expectations, Oberoi says, “Acting is my passion, but the meaningfulness that comes into my life by helping others and trying to bring a smile to someone else’s face is exceptional. That joy is more fulfilling than any award or reward I have ever got.”

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