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Rajni Jha: Her Success is India’s Pride

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Rajni Jha is an incredible para-athlete who, despite being afflicted by polio, hasn’t let it stop her from winning laurels. Hailing from Gwalior, this inspiring young woman set her focus straight ahead, and has been making strides in para-swimming events, both nationally and internationally.

The NGO GoSports soon spotted her talent and took her under its wing, sponsoring her through fundraising initiatives, such as her campaign on Ketto, so she could access the training and facilities she required.

Among her laurels is the Ekalavya award – the most prestigious sporting award for athletes at the state level – conferred on her in 2007 by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. Rajni hasn’t looked back since, and has continued to win several medals nationally. In 2009, she won 4 Golds and 1 Bronze at the IWAS World Games in Bangalore. In 2012, she won 3 Golds and 1 Bronze at the National Para-Swimming Championships in Chennai. And in 2013, she won 2 Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze at the same event held in Bangalore.

She’s gradually preparing to compete – and win – at the Rio Olympics to be held in 2016! You can cheer her on sooner, though! She’s also aiming to compete at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Korea this October. Ra ra Rajni Jha!

Get to know more about Rajni Jha, one of India’s best para-swimmers, by clicking here to view her successfully-funded Ketto campaign!

The Silver Lining – Ayonika Paul Bags The Silver

Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) , a non-profit that promotes sports in India, began a campaign on Ketto for Ayonika Paul , a 22-year-old 10-m air rifle shooter from Mumbai, to raise INR 5 lakhs so she could train and compete on an international platform. One of the international competitions on her list was the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow, Scotland.

Her crowdfunding campaign not only raised its goal amount, but surpassed it by reaching INR 6,27,877 with the help of 167 supporters. One of these supporters was none other than Bollywood celebrity Amitabh Bachchan, who pledged a generous amount to sponsor two of OGQ’s athletes (Ayonika Paul and Pooja Ghatkar, both air rifle shooters) reach their goal amounts.

Getting funded successfully on Ketto helped Ayonika access the necessary gear and equipment she required to train – a 0.177 Walther Air Rifle. It also allowed her to train in Vienna under world class coach Thomas Farnik, enabling her to be on par with her international counterparts.

Ketto is thrilled to share that Ayonika Paul has won India a silver medal in the 10-Metre Air Rifle for Women at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and is continuing to aim for more medals.

Ayonika Paul had begun her winning streak at the tender age of 18, when she made headlines with her consistent top scores. (No small feat in a country that has yet to embrace sports wholeheartedly.) Now 22 years old, Ayonika has made significant strides in the 10m Air Rifle event since.

She has won the Gold at the International Junior Shooting Competition in Munich in 2008, multiple medals in the Junior National Shooting Championships as well as the Senior National Championships, all in the face of some stiff domestic competition.

Ayonika’s journey will continue as she sets her eyes on the next international competition – the 2014 Asian Games to be held in Incheon, Korea, scheduled between September and October this year. The air rifle shooter also aims at qualifying, participating and winning at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) was founded by Indian sporting legends Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone. OGQ is a programme of the Foundation for Promotion of Sports and Games, a Not for Profit (Section 25) Company, which is committed to bridging the gap between the best athletes in India and the best athletes in the world thus helping Indian athletes to win Olympic Gold medals. OGQ aims to create a level playing field for our athletes to enable them to be competitive at the highest level of sport.

OGQ has made the following statement regarding Ayonika Paul’s success at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games: “Olympic Gold Quest is very proud to support the training of athletes like shooter Ayonika Paul who recently won the silver medal in the 10m air rifle event of the CWG 2014. Like Ayonika, we support the training of currently 56 other athletes across 6 sports with a mission to win Olympic gold medals. However, this would not have been possible without the support of all our funders and supporters. We constantly endeavor to raise funds to support our athletes. Ketto has helped us reach out to many proud and patriotic Indians who want to contribute in a small way to see Indian athletes stand on the medal podium.”

Ketto is a virtual space where online crowdfunding for social causes is made a reality. It is where individuals, corporate and NGOs come together to effect social change by starting campaigns for causes and promoting their campaign pages among their networks to gather support and raise their funding goal.

Ketto made the following statement on Ayonika Paul’s recent silver-medal win: “We are proud to have been a part of Ayonika Paul’s journey and applaud her talent, hard work and recent success at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. We were thrilled for her successful campaign on Ketto and are thrilled further by her continuing successes. We have several OGQ athletes campaigning on Ketto and hope to see more such talented sportspeople get the support and funds they deserve to access the necessary training gear, facilities and coaching to be able to compete both nationally and internationally. We hope to assist many such talented athletes as they compete to win medals for India.”

Newsworthy! (Ketto in the media)

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The media is buzzing about the busy bees at Ketto!

Ketto has had some fascinating campaigns recently! There are several people raising funds for Khabar Lahariya, a rural-run, local-language, all-female newspaper that is making path-breaking strides in the field of news journalism. You’ve got to check out the images on all their pages! Stunning, if we say so ourselves!

It’s also marathon season, with the 2014 Airtel Hyderabad Marathon just around the corner (24th August). Several marathoners have chosen to start campaigns and raise funds for their favourite charities, and we support them all the way!

Bollywood joined the crowdfunding bandwagon in a big way this month! Celebrities like Aamir Khan, Imran Khan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and several others came together to ‘Bend it Like Bollywood’ at a charity football game organized by Tigi Foundation, an NGO for the welfare of animals, founded by psychoanalyst Nuzhat Khan. The campaign had some exciting rewards to offer its supporters, and we’re thrilled fans of Bollywood took advantage of them!

With so much happening at Ketto, it isn’t surprising that the media wanted the scoop on our latest news and campaigns. Do check out the interesting interview of Ketto Co-Founder Kunal Kapoor, reported by The Hindu.