Actors Nana Patekar and Makrand Anaspure, have set up an organization called Naam Foundation to support Maharashtra’s drought affected farmers and their families. People from various backgrounds, from across the country, are contributing to the cause with the help of donations.
It is common to see film stars being surrounded by fans – people gathering around to catch a glimpse of their favourite actor, to get their autographs and to click selfies with them. A similar thing happened with actor Nana Patekar as well. Only this time, the reason behind the gathering was a little different.
The actor had arrived for the registration of Naam Foundation, an organization set up by him along with fellow marathi actor Makrand Anaspure, to support drought affected farmers of Maharashtra. And the fans were not there just for the selfies and autographs. They were there to help the actors take the cause forward with their donations for the farmers and their families.
The foundation was flooded with contributions in no time. People from various backgrounds donated as much as they could. A tea seller made a donation of Rs. 2,000.
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The project will provide financial assistance to drought affected farmers and their families. The funds will be collected through donations from the public and will be used to provide gainful employment to youth in different villages across the state.
A bank account has been opened with the State Bank of India (SBI) where people can deposit funds. Here are the details of the account:
Current Account Number: 35226127148
IFSC Code No: SBIN 0006319
Swift Code No: SBININBB238
The actors had previously donated Rs. 15,000 each to 113 drought affected families in Vidarbha.
Following Patekar’s footsteps, actor Akshay Kumar has also come forward to help the farmers and has earmarked a sum of Rs. 90 lakh to help 180 families of those farmers who committed suicide due to the drought. Cricketer Ajinkya Rahane has also donated Rs. 5,00,000 to help Maharashtra government in addressing the crisis.