Akshay Kumar and wife Twinkle Khanna raised HK$2.8 million towards charity for The Community Chest of Hong Kong last Saturday. Says a source close to the actor, "Though a few other celebrities were also present at the event organised by the Young Executives Group (YEG), Akshay was the only one who didn't charge a penny for his performance. In fact, he worked very hard on his show which included a dashing bike stunt, dancing with hoops and the crazy stunts he is known for."
The source adds that the Community Chest is the biggest charity event in Hong Kong. "Every dollar received by the Chest is given to charity. It benefits 145 charitable associations that touch the lives of almost 1.7 million people below the poverty line there. Their expenses are fully underwritten by the Prudential Investments of the Community Chest and by the Hong Kong Jockey Club."
The source further adds that the Chest only invites well-known celebrities to perform at their events, "It's a prestigious event. The show, held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong, was a big success. Akshay was even given a letter acknowledging his participation. Thanks to the actor's star pull, YEG were able to sell out the dinner show and give a cheque for HK$2,800,000 to the Community Chest of Hong Kong in the presence of the Indian Consul General to Hong Kong, Gaddam Dharmendra."