As the relentless monsoon floods battered the state of Kerala, we saw the entire nation coming to the aid of God’s own Country, with monetary assistance, relief materials and most importantly, rescue operations.
Even as various media agencies and government agencies were yet to wake up to the reality of what was going on in the state, it was incredibly touching to see how people from across India and abroad, irrespective of their age or financial status, readily came forward to offer their help and support.
One such uplifting story was that of Anupriya, an eight-year-old girl from Villupuram in Tamil Nadu, who donated all of her savings that she had collected to purchase a bicycle, after learning about the miserable state of the people affected by the floods.
Anupriya had managed to save ₹9000 over a span of four years, but broke open all of her piggy banks after seeing visuals of the affected people on television and decided that her dream of owning a bicycle could wait, as it could instead help people in need by contributing towards their relief.
GiveIndia and The Better India have come together to help Rebuild Kerala by supporting 41,000 affected families. You too can be a part of this movement and help us raise funds for the NGOs working to rehabilitate these families. If all of us come together with a small monthly contribution, we can make a real and meaningful difference in helping restore normalcy to those who need our help the most.
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Her story came to light when someone posted about this rare example of unconditional compassion and generosity on Twitter and people couldn’t stop appreciating Anupriya’s gesture of goodwill, especially because she is so young.
Kid, Anupriya from Vizhuppuram, TN, donates Rs. 9,000, her 4 years Piggy Bank savings, that she saved to buy a bicycle, towards #KeralaFloodRelief. @narendramodi @HMOIndia @CMOTamilNadu pic.twitter.com/rvmid4nihz
— Ethirajan Srinivasan 🇮🇳🚩 (@Ethirajans) August 19, 2018
Touched by her selfless action, Hero Cycles came forward not just to appreciate her gesture but also present Anupriya with a brand new bicycle.
“Dear Anupriya, we appreciate your gesture to support humanity in the hour of need. You would get a brand new cycle from us. Please DM your address or contact us at email@example.com,” the cycle company posted on Twitter.
Dear Anupriya, We appreciate your gesture to support humanity in the hour of need. You would get a brand new cycle from us. Please DM your address or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. @PankajMMunjal
— Hero Cycles (@Hero_Cycles) August 19, 2018
And it doesn’t end here. Taking the appreciation a notch above, Pankaj M Munjal, the Chairman and Managing Director of Hero Motors Company, took to social media with an extra special announcement.
“Anupriya, parnam to you. You are a noble soul and wish you spread the good around. Hero is too pleased to give you one bike every year of your life. Please share your contact on my account. Love you and best wishes. Prayers for Kerala,” his tweet said.
Anupriya, parnam to you. You are a noble soul and wish you spread the good around. Hero is too pleased to give you one bike every year of your life. Pl share your contact on my account. Love you and best wishes. Prayers for Kerala https://t.co/vTUlxlTnQR
— Pankaj M Munjal (@PankajMMunjal) August 19, 2018
We applaud both Anupriya and Hero Cycles for their remarkable gesture. Anupriya’s generous contribution must have surely made a difference to someone’s life, and we hope that this cycle brings her a lot of happiness.
Update: Here’s Anupriya along with her parents receiving the bicycle from the company authorities.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)