Jamshedpur, Oct. 19: Two teenage social crusaders from the steel city are getting ready to participate in the South-East Asia final of Krayon Horlicks Wizkids to be held in Bangalore next month.
While Anirban Kundu, a Class XII student of Loyola School, has bagged the opportunity for his efforts to motivate underprivileged children to do good, Aarushi Gandhi of Carmel Junior College has earned praises for her crusade against illiteracy.
Apart from the two city teenagers, students from India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will also take part in the school-level cultural and literary competition between November 11 and November 15.
This is not the first time when the duo hogged the limelight for their efforts to make “some positive changes” in the society. In July, the two students had won the city final of Horlicks Wizkids.
Anirban runs an organisation — Samarth: Sapna, Atmavishwas, Muskaan — to create awareness on various pressing issues like women empowerment, protection of environment and wildlife. He also campaigns against alcohol and smoking.
The Loyola student has also created a Facebook page for his organisation where he tries to garner support for his work.
“I have decided to spread more awareness about different issues. It is the need of the hour,” he said.
The young crusader has plans to organise workshops and has already invited professionals to speak on different issues and motivate students.
“Mountaineer Premlata Agarwal has already confirmed her participation. My team will conduct activities that will help boost the morale of children, who often suffer from lack of confidence and end up taking wrong steps,” said Anirban.
Aarushi, on the other hand, seeks to make a difference through her outfit Sahveda. Her main aim is to find out potential talents from city schools.
She has selected five schools — Loyola Project School, Carmel Project School, Shri DN Kamani Uccha Vidyalaya, Surti School and Prem Jyoti Prangan — for her project.
Yesterday, she organised a painting and drawing competition at Shri DN Kamani Uccha Vidyalaya.
“I want to give these children a platform to showcase their talent. We have got the opportunity to show our talents, but many children are not lucky enough,” said Aarushi.
Both Aarushi and Anirban want to continue their efforts even after they pass out from schools. Aarushi has started motivating junior students so that even if she leaves the city, the next batch of children can carry forward work.