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Covid relief: Indian YouTubers team up to raise Rs 50 lakh

YouTube channel Slayy Point hosted a charity stream for Hemkunt Foundation.

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KERALA: To aid India's Covid relief efforts, Slayy Point, a YouTube channel run by Abhyudaya Mohan and Gautami Kawale, and Mythpat, along with OpraahFx, an influencer marketing firm hosted a seven-hour long charity stream on 25 April and raised Rs 50 lakh.

The entire amount will be donated to the Hemkunt Foundation, the non-profit organisation at the frontlines of helping Covid patients avail hospital beds, oxygen and other medical necessities. 

The YouTube live stream was hosted by Slayy Point on Mythpat’s YouTube channel. Over 35 Indian influencers and YouTubers including Techno Gamerz, Kusha Kapila, Technical Guruji, Salonayy, Total Gaming, Ashish Chanchlani, Mythpat, Carry Minati, Viraj Ghelani, Abish Mathew, Ankush Bahuguna, BeYouNick, Tanmay Bhatt, Ranveer Allahbadia and Dolly Singh joined the live stream.

The Covid fundraising effort organised by YouTubers is now receiving positive responses from all corners. Popular YouTuber Ashish Chanchalani expressed gratitude to Mythpat and Slayy Point for coming up with an initiative that could help India fight the second wave of the deadly pandemic. 

Amid all these relief efforts, India is facing the heat of the resurgent Coronavirus. On Tuesday, the country witnessed more than 3,79,000 coronavirus positive cases and 3,645 deaths. With the number of positive Covid cases rising dramatically across the nation, the entire healthcare infrastructure is also facing a crunch. 

It was in 2020 that Slayy Point became a viral sensation. Abyudaya and Gauthami, last year, decided to examine the comments section of their channel, and in a video titled ‘Why Indian Comments Section is Garbage (BINOD)’, the duo portrayed some weird comments that appeared on their channel. One of those comments was written by a person named Binod Tharu, and it just contained his first name 'Binod'. The name became the defining meme of the year and also helped the channel scale new heights of internet stardom.

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