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Aug 01, 2017 at 07:16

A class VII student from American School of Bombay decided to do his bit at helping children fight cancer. Arav Hak spoke to School LIVE.

How did the idea of the fundraiser come to you?

My mother, Nikita, had worked on fundraising about a year before me in association with the Nargis Dutt Foundation and she would tell me all these stories of how fortunate I am to be healthy, and since then I have felt that no child should have to go through the pain of a disease that could potentially end their life for the want of financial resources.

When I got to know that the minimum age was 12 yrs to participate in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, I took the opportunity to raise funds and create awareness about children fighting cancer. I’m raising funds for the Nargis Dutt Foundation who have done a lot of work in the field of cancer.

Who has been your biggest inspiration in the process?

My mother has been one of my biggest inspirations.

What has been your biggest takeaway from this experience?

My biggest takeaway was that I am privileged with health and resources for no reason besides birth and I should try and make this count for people who might not be as fortunate.

Did this experience have an impact on your daily school life?

It made it harder for me to complete my homework and sometimes I even missed it 😉

How would you wish to grow this endeavor in times to come?

I hope to fundraise in the future as well and maybe interact even more with patients and I hope I will be able to inspire more kids to take up a cause they are passionate about.

How can anyone reading this be of help? Child or an adult?

You could always be of help by contributing towards my cause by reaching me at 9820156773. For parents, if you take up something like this, your child will follow by example and if most people will do this, the world will no doubt be a better place.