Actor-producer & UN Sustainable Development Goals advocate Dia Mirza has made it her life goal to be a strong voice for environmental protection and sustainability. In the process, the actor has often managed to get support from her friends from within the film fraternity and outside. Seeing her take the lead, many have followed resulting in growing awareness about issues pertaining to the environment. Even during the pandemic, Dia has been doing her bit - from drawing a strong link between nature and the pandemic to important conversations on where humans are likely to find themselves in a post-COVID world.
Recently Dia managed to enlist the support of her friends from the sporting world for a challenge started by the United Nations. Called the 'Keep it Up' Challenge, the activity is aimed at creating hope and solidarity as many across the world are growing weary and tired of the social restrictions due to the pandemic. The challenge is simple - all one needs to do is take a video doing a trick like bouncing, balancing, or keeping a ball or any other object in the air; then post it on social media and nominate three other friends to do the same.
The list of Dia's friends who have joined the campaign is long. She reached out to cricketer Yuvraj Singh and tennis champ Mahesh Bhupathi who literally set the ball rolling and there on everyone from master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to ace badminton player Saina Nehwal to golfer Shiv Kapur got involved. Other sportspersons such as cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, cricketer Harbhajan Singh and many more have also extended their support.
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 14, 2020
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) May 14, 2020
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Thank you for the nomination @shivk67. Stay home and stay stay safe. Spend time with your family and loved ones. You may never get a chance like this again. The only way we will manage to survive this is by staying together. I nominate the youngsters @ajeeteshsandhu and @aadil.bedi to take this important message forward. #coronavirus #stayhome #staysafe
Dia adds, "It's very important to keep our spirits up during these trying times and sports have a very unique way of energizing us. Honestly, all I had to do was send a message to my friends and they were more than happy to be a part of this campaign. I just hope it helps."