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On her 87th Birthday, Lata Mangeshkar asks fans to remember and donate for Soldiers

Lata Mangeshkar has appealed to her fans and well-wishers to remember and donate for the brave Indian soldiers guarding our borders

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Sept 23, 2016: Legendary singer and Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar on Friday made an unusual, heart-warming request to millions of fans and music lovers planning to celebrate her upcoming 87th birthday next week.
She has appealed to her fans and well-wishers to remember and donate for the brave Indian soldiers guarding our borders.

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“Every year, on my birthday, thousands of you send me flowers, sweets, cakes, greeting cards… This year, I humbly request you all, instead of sending me these things, that money and as much as you can give, please give it to our brave soldier brothers,” Lata said in a tweet on Friday.

She said: “I believe that mother, father, teacher, motherland and the guardians of the motherland, our brave soldiers… Whatever we do for them, it is not enough. Our soldiers… who don’t think twice before sacrificing their lives for protecting our country… Because of them we are safe.”
“Hence, it is also our bounden duty to do something for them, whatever we can,” Lata said, adding that on her part, she has made a contribution for the newly-created Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties fund.

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“I shall consider it a favour, if you all can, as per your capacity, make your contribution for this. I am confident I shall continue to receive your love, affection and blessings always. Jai Hind, Vande Mataram,” Lata, who will turn 87 on September 28, urged her fans.
Last Sunday, Lata had condemned the terror attacks in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir and demanded the strongest action against the perpetrators.
“I consider the Uri terror attacks as an example of cowardice… These perpetrators must be paid back in the same coin… That will be a real tribute to all our martyred soldier brothers,” said Lata, who has sung scores of immortal patriotic songs in her singing career. (IANS)
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Stan Jensen, retired from working in sales at a Silicon Valley firm, received a message from Facebook asking if he wanted to mark the occasion of his birthday by dedicating the day to a cause. He did.

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When Behnoush Babzani turned 35, she threw a party. She also used her birthday to ask friends to donate to a cause she cares about deeply: helping people who need bone marrow transplants.

She herself received a bone marrow transplant from her brother.

“It’s not that my body was making cancerous cells, it was that my body was making no cells,” she said. “So think about the boy in the bubble. I had to be isolated. I didn’t have an immune system to protect me.”

Using a new feature on Facebook, Babzani in a few clicks posted a photo of herself in a hospital gown when she was receiving treatment and she asked her friends to help raise $350.

New way to raise money for causes

Facebook has always been a convenient way to send birthday wishes to friends. Now users have started taking advantage of a new feature introduced a year ago by the popular social networking site to turn birthday wishes into donations to help a favorite cause.

It’s turned into a huge success for charities. In its first year, Facebook’s birthday fundraiser feature raised more than $300 million for charities around the world. With a new revenue source, some charities are rethinking some of their standard fundraising activities.

The success of the Facebook birthday feature comes as social media users have begun to question how internet services connecting friends and family around the world have also become a mechanism for some to spread hate or influence foreign elections.

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Networks used to spread hate

Along with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, testified in the U.S. Senate recently about steps the company has taken to identify and remove posts that violate the company’s terms of service.

“We were too slow to spot this, and too slow to act. That is on us,” Sandberg told the Senate committee.

Yet, the birthday fundraiser feature shows the power of using social media for good, says Facebook spokeswoman, Roya Winner.

“It gives people who are celebrating a birthday, a chance to turn that day into something that’s bigger than themselves,” she said.

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is one of the biggest receivers

Some of the biggest recipients have been St. Jude, the children’s hospital, the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society, No Kid Hungry, which focuses on child hunger in the U.S., and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In the days that followed, Behnoush surpassed her goal, raising more than $1,700. Her social network became an army pulling together to do good.

Rescuing sea lions

Two weeks before his 65th birthday, Stan Jensen, retired from working in sales at a Silicon Valley firm, received a message from Facebook asking if he wanted to mark the occasion of his birthday by dedicating the day to a cause. He did.

He turned to 1,400 Facebook friends to help raise money for the Marine Mammal Center in Northern California, where he volunteers once a week helping injured sea lions.

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He raised $2,300.

“It surpassed my wildest dreams,” he said, and he let his friends know they made a difference.

“You’ve bought a ton of fish,” he told them. “You are feeding all the animals we have on site for several days.”

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His birthday is coming up again, and the sea lions are always hungry. He’s perfecting his pitch: “I know I’m special to you, but I’d like just the cost of a Starbucks coffee. Just $5. Please.” (VOA)