Girl, 9, Donates Piggy Bank Savings To Kerala; Promised Cycle Every Year

Anupriya, from Tamil Nadu, had been collecting money to buy herself a new bicycle but decided to donate the money instead

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Girl, 9, Donates Piggy Bank Savings To Kerala; Promised Cycle Every Year

Rescue operations are underway in Kerala. (AFP Photo)

A little's girl donation towards flood-hit Kerala has warmed the hearts of many on social media. A tweet going viral details how Anupriya from Vizhuppuram, Tamil Nadu, donated Rs 9,000 to Kerala relief. The little girl had reportedly been collecting money in her piggy banks to buy herself a new bicycle but decided to donate the money instead. Her contribution has struck a chord with many who are appreciating her kind deed. She has even been promised a brand new cycle, and one every year, by Hero Cycles.

Twitter user Ethirajan Srinivasan shared a newspaper clip about the little girl on August 19. His tweet has since collected over 3,500 'likes' and more than 1,700 retweets.

According to The Hindu, Anupriya had been saving her pocket money and collecting Rs 5 coins in five piggy banks. Her parents supported her decision by handing her a Demand Draft in favour of the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

"I have been saving money for a cycle. But when I saw visuals of Kerala flood on TV, I decided to donate the money," the nine-year-old told PTI.

Anupriya's gesture has moved many and Hero Cycles is among them.

Even Hero Motors Company Chairman and Managing Director Pankaj Munjal posted a tweet about the little girl:

Twitter is proud of little Anupriya.

"Kindly let me know the address, I will buy bicycle for her. Way to go girl. Rise and shine," says one Twitter user. "Wonderful example of humanity, compassion and empathy," says another. "Great child. Tomorrow's leader! Best wishes to her. Congratulations to her parents for grooming such a nice child," says a third.

Hundreds have died and thousands have been left homeless in Kerala, battered by the worst floods in a century. As rescue operations continue, help has been pouring in for people in the state. While floodwater has started receding in some parts of Kerala, the bigger concern is lack of clean drinking water and diseases. Union minister KJ Alphons has also said the state desperately needs technical assistance to rebuild and recreate. "We need people with technical skills to put life back on track," Mr Alphons said.

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