THIRUVANANTHAPURAM — Hanan Hamid, 21-year-old college student who had hit national headlines recently following pictures of her selling fish on roadside to fund her college fees and run home went viral, has donated Rs 1.5 lakh for flood victims in her state. She had got the amount from well-wishers after her story of miseries was flashed by the media.
The third-year student of B.Sc. (Chemistry) at Al Azhar College in Thodupuzha, Hanan has been funding her education and taking care of her mother and brother by doing odd jobs such as selling fish after college hours and working as a junior artiste in films. Thrissur native, Hanan had started receiving funds from well-wishers when pictures of her selling fish in her college uniform gone viral on social media last month. Some had termed her fish-selling job as ‘publicity stunt’.
Hanan received Rs 1.5 lakhs from well-wishers. She transferred the amount to the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund on Saturday.
“The people of the State had turned up to help me when I told my story. These were donations from ordinary people, from Rs 50 to Rs 1,000 or more that came into my account, making it Rs 1.5 lakh. In this time of crisis, I want to give it back to them who had sent their love through money,” Hanan was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
Her generosity is a being appreciated on social media by many people.
Hailing Hanan, Shreyashree Dutta @shreeDut050896 tweeted: Hanan Hamid, Few days ago social media trolled this girl for her selling fish 2 earn livelihood. It was @vijayanpinarayi who met her n encouraged. Today dat girl donated 1.5lakhs from her profit n savings in flood relief. #StandWithKerala #KeralaFloods #KeralaFloodRelief
Kerala has been witnessing the worst floods of the century following heavy rains in the state this monsoon. Around 35 dams have been opened to release water from reservoirs that have been fast filling up. So far, at least 368 deaths have been recorded and 2 lakh people have been moved to relief camps in various districts. Meanwhile, relief and rescue work by the Army, Navy, NDRF and Coast Guard are also on.