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Students come forward to help Amphan-hit people

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Kolkata: A group of high school and college students from the city have taken up an initiative with an aim to make effort and reach out to the needy people affected by devastating Cyclone Amphan which landed on the state of West Bengal on May 20. More than 100 lives were lost and thousands lost their shelters amid COVID-19 pandemic which has already made lakhs jobless.

With a motive to desperately build the state piece by piece again, Aparajito, a Kolkata-based online fundraiser, set up high school and college students, has already raised about Rs 60,000 till now and they expect more people will join them. Not only the donations from common citizens, they will also be organising various online events to raise funds and bring the creative minds together.

The six events that have been lined up are All India Political Parties Meet, World Medical Association General Assembly (both debates), Chitrakoothi (painting), Chobighor (photography), Lekhani (writing), Oikatan (music) and ‘Memes’. The works will be judged by professionals and each participant will receive e-certificates.

“After we’ve raised as much as money as possible following the completion of the events on June 10, we’ll donate a part of it to CM’s Disaster Relief Fund and remaining to charitable NGOs,” Tanish Baidya, a member of Aparajito told The Lateralz.

The details of the events will be found on their official Instagram handle, @aparajito_2020. The last date of entries is on June 10 except for the debate competitions which are slated to be held on June 11 and 12. Besides they are also organising a gaming competition titled, ‘The PUBG Event’.    

Meanwhile, the group has also launched a mental health support service – Moner Gobhire – at a minimal cost that will make professional therapy hustle free and affordable. Clients do not need to worry about their confidentiality because they can make the appointment simply by filling a Google form which will give no exposure to their identity to anyone other than the therapist. They will have the sessions for 30 minutes and can extend if wished.

Aparajito hopes for more people to join them so that they can help in mending their beloved ‘City of Joy’.

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