Ashutosh, Jayesh extend hand for a cause

Sports Reporter
Thursday, 22 June 2017

Mumbai-based players of Aizawl FC join hands with Ketto to raise funds for flood-affected people of Mizoram.

Mumbai-based players of Aizawl FC join hands with Ketto to raise funds for flood-affected people of Mizoram.

Pune: Since last fortnight, Mizoram has been affected by landslides and flash floods triggered by incessant rains. The normal life people has been affected widely with many districts in the southern and eastern parts of Mizoram cut off from the rest of the country due to landslides caused by the endless rains.

Ketto, which is a crowd-funding platform, has taken initiative to raise funds for the flood affected Northeastern state. Mumbai-based football players Ashutosh Mehta and Jayesh Rane, who play for the Mizoram-based club, Aizawl FC, have come together and have aimed to raise Rs 5 lakh by crowd funding.

“When a person called me from Ketto and told me about the fundraising for the flood affected the northeastern state, it took me just a few seconds to say yes and join hands with them,” Ashutosh Mehta told Sakal Times.

Ashutosh was the part of Aizawl FC, the I-League football club, who became champions of the 2017 season. “In last two days we have collected Rs 1 lakh and the way people have come forward to support the cause, we are hoping that we will complete our target soon. Sunil Chettri, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Anas Edathodika, CK Vineeth and Ranjit Bajaj have also appealed for the cause by sharing it on their Facebook wall.

“Once the amount is collected, the Ketto will transfer the amount to Cartier, NGO which works in Mizoram,” added Ashutosh. Aizawl has become a second home for Ashutosh and Jayesh after their heroics in the just-concluded I-League season.

“It was a fairy tale season and to end with the winning trophy was simply amazing. I came from Mumbai and it was a complete contrast culture here in Mizoram, but I must say that people here are full of love and supported us from Day One.”

“Best part of Mizoram is people love football here. When you go out people recognise you as a footballer, which generally don’t happen in Mumbai,” said Ashutosh. For the Mumbai-born player, this is a first time that he has joined hands with NGO for a cause.

“I never got a chance before this. It was my first time and I am happy to join hands with Ketto,” added Ashutosh.Persons interested in raising fund can log on to link: https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/helpmizoram

What is Ketto?
Ketto is Asia’s most-visited crowd-funding platform with the largest community. The NGO is active in raising funds in various sectors like education, health, women empowerment, animal welfare and much more.

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