DUBAI: Egyptian actress Salma Abu Deif posted a video on her Instagram account urging her followers to donate to UNICEF’s fight against COVID-19.
The organization is attempting to supply essential supplies and protective equipment to where they are needed most to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has claimed more than 64,000 lives worldwide.
Wearing a black UNICEF t-shirt, the 25-year-old asked her 1.6 million followers to click on the link supplied in her Instagram bio to donate to the non-profit humanitarian organization amid the coronavirus crisis to help vulnerable families and children get the resources they need to protect themselves during the ongoing pandemic.
“Good morning everyone. I hope you’re doing good and staying home safely during these hard times of fighting COVID-19,” she starts off saying in the video.
“On behalf of UNICEF, I’m asking you to visit the link in my bio or the one on UNICEF’s page to donate to UNICEF as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow so fast. UNICEF is procuring and shipping vital supplies, including personal protective equipment, to countries affected.”
The actress then reiterates her message in Arabic, in an effort to reach a wider audience.
In 2019, the “Sheikh Jackson” actress teamed up with the charity organization to meet with Syrian refugee children at Zouq Bhannin, an informal settlement in Lebanon.
The actress also visited the Shatila Palestinian Camp, a refugee camp for displaced Palestinian families and children in Lebanon, in 2019, calling it the most “eye-opening” experience of her life.
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, individuals and organizations around the world have engaged in acts of generosity, including various fashion houses, celebrities and models who are all doing their part, whether by providing meals to families or uniting with organizations such as UNICEF to raise awareness.
For her part, part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik posted an Instagram video last week announcing that she is participating in the #DoYourPartChallenge. The pop star and model has begun working with food delivery service DoorDash in the US to provide meals to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m going to be taking part in the Do Your Part challenge thanks to DoorDash. I’m going to be providing meals to families in need during this time, so if you could please direct message me or send a comment below, I can do what I can to help you out,” the 29-year-old said. “Stay strong guys and I’m sending lots of love to all of you.”
French-Tunisian model and singer Sonia Ben Ammar posted a similar video urging those in need to reach out to her.
In a clip uploaded to her Instagram account, the 20-year-old reiterated how important the challenge is, thanking her friends for nominating her. “I know that there’s a lot of people struggling, families, businesses, people losing their jobs, so I think it’s important to help out however you can (sic),” she stated. Ammar then pledged to donate free gift cards for meals to people in need.