This 16 year old Class XII Non-Medical student of Strawberry Fields High School, here is making a difference in lives of the elderly in Panchkula.
Arhaan Aggarwal, a resident of Sector 4 here could be one of the youngest corona warriors in the tricity who is voluntarily helping the seniors in getting medicines, groceries or making their utility payments. Even when his online classes are on, Arhaan has been able to manage time for this noble cause.
Arhaan has on his own started a Facebook page, ‘Errands for Elders’ besides also a website which gives his number on which he can be contacted. Arhaan has been taking orders and delivering them at houses on his own of senior citizens so far, till he was recently joined by 3 more volunteers who have divided Panchkula into different zones to reach out to elders.
Tricity Scoop spoke to Arhaan to know more about his initiative which has got a tremendous response from not just residents of Panchkula but also their relatives staying abroad who have been approaching him to help out their elderly parents staying here.
“I got this idea when Janata Curfew was announced in March. I thought in times of pandemic when seniors have been asked to stay indoors, there must be many who are staying alone and need help to get their groceries and medicines. Since I am still young, and have a better immunity, can move around to help”, says Arhaan.
On how he managed to reach out to elders, he says it was through Facebook page, WhatsApp and word of mouth. “I have been delivering on my own but recently three volunteers have joined me and we are able to cover the city more effectively.”, he says, adding that he plans joining hands with an NGO soon.
On an average Arhaan has been making 8 to 12 deliveries and till date more than 150 deliveries have been made, which include groceries, medicines, fruits and vegetables. “I plan to expand it further by coming up with a mobile application. My parents have been really supportive and it’s because of them I have been able to do so much till now”, he adds.