Arhan Bagati, a Kashmiri boy from Delhi, who is currently studying at the Pomona College, USA, created a unique campaign on Twitter that helped him raise funds for the families of the slain CRPF jawans in the Pulwama attack.
Social media is one of the most powerful mediums of communication and raising awareness in today’s times. 19-year-old Arhan Bagati, used it to raise money for the families of the Jawans martyred in the Pulwama attack.
He first donated 50,000 INR to Bharat Ke Veer- an initiative by Akshay Kumar- and his contribution would directly reach the accounts of the families of the Pulwama martyrs. After his initial donation, he started an innovative twitter campaign, where he announced that he’d donate 100/- INR per tweet. In 24 hours, his tweet got retweeted by 3670 people, and he true to his words, he donated Rs 367000 after the end of the campaign.
Arhan Bagati, Paralympic India’s Awareness and Impact Ambassador, and the founder of InRio- the app that helped address mobility issues of Indian paralympians during the Rio Paralympics, tweeted on Tuesday.
— Arhan Bagati (@IamArhanBagati) February 18, 2019
The idea behind this tweet was to encourage people to donate within their own capacity. ‘I wanted people to retweet and share this as widely as possible, because this would motivate others to donate. Our Jawans have always stood up for us, it is time we did the same for them’, says Arhan.
Arhan was working on his new app, InTokio, for the Tokio Paralympic Games, and he was saving money to spend on it. But, ‘that can wait’, he says ,’this cause is more important than my app, it is more important that anything right now’.