Shillong: When there are teenagers who care about giving back to their community and making a difference in their society, you know that your future is in good hands.
Meet three siblings — Joyharvard N Marak, a student at Shillong Commerce College, Tengsu and Dede Richa, who are both school students. The trio saved their pocket money and donated Rs 50,000 towards the chief minister’s relief fund.
The story came to light when Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma tweeted about it, saying, “Overwhelmed with love and spirit of these three siblings from Shillong who contributed Rs 50,000 towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. They saved their pocket money to contribute for flood relief. The gesture of this young kids have touched me.”
“We decided to donate the money because there are other people in dire need of help. I’ve always been taught to help out those in need,” said Joyharvard while speaking to EastMojo.
The siblings’ story has garnered a lot of attention. What can be more inspiring is that the idea to contribute was their own. They had donated their savings from two years; some of which was given to them by their relatives and some from birthday gifts which they had received in cash.
Joyharvard said that his mother never knew about this idea. “After we had gone to donate the cheque to the chief minister, I rang my mom and asked her to check her Facebook. My mom was surprised and overwhelmed.”