A chance to show sacrifice of martyrs is not forgotten

  • By TOI
  • | Sunday | 17th September, 2017

DonateKart will launch a crowd-funding campaign inviting people to sponsor personalised paintings of the martyrs to be sent to the soldiers' families through Honour Point, an online memorial for Indian soldiers featuring 15,000 martyrs on its database. Kunal Kapoor, who heads the crowdfunding platform Ketto and who will be driving its initiative to raise funds for the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Pune, cannot agree more. Ac tor Nandita Das and musician Luke Kenny will be championing this BitGiving campaign whose funds will be used to bolster skill development and livelihood opportunities for martyrs' wives. "We will ask people to donate a certain amount and mention a message they want to give to soldiers. "This time so many different crowdfunding platforms are coming together for a cause.

To help you repay some of the massive debt that the country owes to the families of its martyrs and disabled soldiers, six competing crowdfunding platforms in the country will come together during this year's Daan Utsav Week (October 2 to 8).

From sending personalised postcard messages acknowledging the soldiers' sacrifice to gifting portraits of martyrs to families of slain army men, these platforms will invite you to sponsor unique, personal gestures to show that the sacrifice of the men in uniform won't be forgotten.As part of this campaign called 'Honour Our Heroes', each of the six participating crowd-funding platforms-based in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore — have chosen a nonprofit.

BitGiving, for instance, will be raising funds for the Flags of Honour foundation, which was launched by Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar to serve and support families of the martyrs of the military , paramilitary and the police forces of India.

Ac tor Nandita Das and musician Luke Kenny will be championing this BitGiving campaign whose funds will be used to bolster skill development and livelihood opportunities for martyrs' wives."What I really love about Daan Utsav is how it creates inclusive events where even competitors find ways to collaborate," says Das, adding that it is a movement.

"This time so many different crowdfunding platforms are coming together for a cause.

Many organisations, colleges, companies, individuals are doing their bit," adds Das.

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