This initiative will make such a difference to people like me – I often ask for a seat on the train, and am sometimes ignored and occasionally refused. I am always polite – thanking them before and after they give me their seat, but sometimes it can be a hassle telling people why I need one. I had to meet Anirudh to chat with him, and so I arranged it with his Dad, Prit.
He said he wants to use his fame for good. A quietly spoken boy, his eyes light up where he tells me about the success the badges have had. He said one woman told him she was hesitant about revealing her invisible disability on public transport, and how these badges have taken that pressure off her to disclose.
He’s already stepping foot into university – attending regular public lectures at Melbourne University. He’s excited to attend an upcoming lecture on disability – debating whether disabled people need to be accommodated or cured. I didn’t ask him his side on the debate, but I’d say that the Show You Care badges suggest he wants disabled people to be accommodated.
He has a strong focus on social good – and it’s clear from the Show You Care badge initiative he knows that a small thing can make a big difference.
The interview with Anirudh was so uplifting. I came away so happy we talked. As he said in the interview, he wants to “spread a helping culture” – and he’s doing a great job at that, isn’t he?
Listen to the interview.
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