On 20th August, 2021, Mizo celebrities come together for an online charity live show 'Fairel Bel', organised by the two local cable channels Zonet and LPS. The 4 hour long live show collected more than Rs. 18 lakh through online donation platform which will go to families and individuals facing financial crisis due to the pandemic.
The charity live show was hosted by Rini Hlondo and Mizo singers Vanlalsailova, Fiona, Sangtei Khuptong, Henry Varte and Benjamin Sum performed online. The show also included other prominent public figures- the much celebrated national football star Jeje Lalpekhlua, Bethel Ministry speaker Frederick Lalrindika, singer and song composer K.Hminga and Mizo TikTok star Adeline Pachuau.
The show was broadcasted on Zonet Bawhbel and LPS1 and livestreamed on Youtube with more than 20k viewers during the peak hour. An online charity platform remained open throughout the 4 hr show where viewers donated money using online payment. Donations ranging from Rs. 50 to Rs. 5000 poured in from different parts of of Mizoram and other places in India and abroad. Apart from delivering stunning live performances, the artists also received hundreds of phone calls and kept track of the online donations that continued to pour in throughout the show.
The lockdown-induced economic crisis has deeply affected the livelihoods of daily wage workers in different parts of the globe and the situation is no different in Mizoram. On account of the four month long Lockdown in Mizoram and the rise in the number of positive cases since last year, many families in Mizoram are facing financial crisis. many are truggling to make ends meet for their own family with the shrinking prospects for work and the long months of total lcokdown has severely affected the income of many families. With the imposition of partial and total lockdown since last year, employment opportunities for daily workers have been reduced at an alarming rate. The state government have released funds from the CM Relief Fund to thousangs of families in different districts but the financial crisis is still a reality for many families.
Fortunately in Mizoram, it has become a trend among the youth, NGOs , groups and organisations to host open online charity platforms to support affected families and individuals during the pandemic. Fairelbel is the first organzied live show where local celebraties unite tfor a cause. At the end of the charity show, the host Rini Hlondo announced that the online donation received during the programme exceeded Rs. 18 lakh and that the online charity donation will remain open till 28 August, 2021.