Shilpa Shetty is the mood for philanthropy. After adopting four villages through NDTV Greenathon, (see box) she has now decided to contribute money to these villages each time a Rajasthan Royals batsman hits a sixer.
A source close to Shilpa says, "Whenever a player of Rajasthan Royals (the team Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty have a 12 per cent stake in) hits a six, Shilpa will contribute Rs 6000 to one of these villages." Initially, Shilpa wanted to donate the money to her charitable organisation, The Shilpa Shetty Foundation (SSF). Since the Lighting A Billion Lives project aims at solar-powering villages across the country, she decided to support that cause and give the money to the villages.
A friend of the actress reveals, "Shilpa has started SSF as she wants to make sure that the money raised for charity reaches out actually to the people concerned and is not misused. She intends to put whatever money she raises into this foundation.
Shilpa will also shoot pictures and videos of the progress made and put them up on her website. She wants to donate to her two pet causes the upliftment of children and their education. She feels God has given her so much she needs to do her bit towards charity."
Recently, Shilpa adopted four villages each costing Rs 3 lakh in support of TERI's Lighting a Billion Lives project that aims at solar powering villages across the country. She admits, "The cause is really good. I couldn't believe that there are still villages that don't have electricity. This money will go to provide solar lamps on behalf of NDTV and us." Shetty was among other donors for the channel's campaign, which include Shahrukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Rampal, Vivek Oberoi and Preity Zinta, amongst others.