Wednesday, June 06, 2007

India: 10-yr-old out to save tiger

Ashwin Aghor
Wednesday, June 06, 2007 08:22 IST

Madhav Subrahmaniam is a 10-year-old unlike other children of his age who are ready to go to any extent for their entertainment. An 8th standard student of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Madhav has a passion for wildlife with a special attachment to tigers.

This youngster has donated a self-earned amount of Rs15,000 to Satpuda Foundation, an NGO working for forest and tiger conservation at Melghat Tiger Reserve in Amravati district.

“The importance of tigers for the survival of all other species including human beings struck my mind when I joined 'Kids for Tigers'. Since then the feeling that the magnificent animal was in dire crisis made me restless and the urge to do something for the big cat kept on growing,” said Madhav.

In order to earn this amount, Madhav did not mind polishing the shoes of guests visiting his house and dusting houses in his building. “I used to polish shoes for Rs5 and even dust houses. Though I charged Rs 5 for polishing shoes, I earned the maximum amount from this when I had a guest from USA. He gave me $5 for polishing his shoes,” added Madhav.

Madhav also started designing quilts to help tiger conservation activities. “My mother is a designer who encouraged me to design something that can help earn money for tiger conservation activities,” he said. The quilts are now being sold at Good Earth and 25 per cent of the proceedings are donated to the Satpuda Foundation. Madhav has earned Rs 79,000 over the last two years and the money would soon be donated to the Satpuda Foundation.

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