Baguls’ humanitarian act quenches thirst of avian friends

Anvita Srivastava
Friday, 3 May 2019

President of Pune Navratro Mahotsav Aba Bagul (62) and his son and trustee Amit Bagul (35) have been donating earthen pots for the thirsty birds during summer for past six years during the months of April-June. This year, they did an innovative SMS campaign to create awareness among people to donate pots.

Pune: President of Pune Navratro Mahotsav Aba Bagul (62) and his son and trustee Amit Bagul (35) have been donating earthen pots for the thirsty birds during summer for past six years during the months of April-June. This year, they did an innovative SMS campaign to create awareness among people to donate pots. They started the donation campaign since the last week of April and it will be continued till monsoon. Under this initiative, in the past six years, they have donated more than 50,000 pots and this season they have donated almost 1,500-2,000 pots for birds.

Speaking about the initiative, Amit said, “We are donating earthen pots for the past six years and it starts from April end and goes on till the time monsoon arrives around June. This year, due to the election and ongoing Model Code of Conduct, we were unable to put hoardings about the initiative. Thus, we decided to connect with people through SMSes. People already know us and about the initiative so they can send an SMS to 9822232322 stating that they need a pot for birds. We immediately provide it at their doorstep.”

Amit further said, “This SMS initiative has got a good response and we are receiving around 80 messages daily from Pune and outskirts of the city. People in Pune are aware of the cause and are ready to contribute to the environment and we hope with this initiative we will sensitise more people. Till now, we have donated almost 1,500-2,000 pots and hoping to donate more in the coming months.” 

“I have seen birds in my village drinking water from grasses and that is something which forced us to start this campaign six years back. Initially, we used to circulate leaflets and put hoardings and urge people to keep a pot of water on their terraces for thirsty birds. This year, for the first time we are connecting people on messages,” said Aba.

Aba Bagul further said, “With growing heat and looking at the current condition of drought, it is very difficult for the birds to find water. A lot of birds dies due to lack of water and with this campaign, we want to raise awareness among people that if they can keep a bowl of water on their terraces, it will provide life to hundreds of birds. I urge everyone to participate in this initiative and help us in giving life to these birds.”

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