The 19-year-old Indian Army aspirant Pradeep Mehra, whose inspirational tale went viral on internet, is receiving assistance offers from all corners of the country after he shared his story, aspirations and vision with News18 UP/UK.
Mehra, who was in News18 studios on Monday, shared how he worked all day and after work ran back home, almost 10kms, at night in a bid to train for the army.
After he shared his story on News18, Mehra received multiple assistance calls including that from Uttarakhand Cabinet Minister Ganesh Joshi who promised to bear all expenses of his mother’s hospitalisation and Pradeep’s education.
Moved by Mehra’s story, Member of Parliament from Tehri Vijay Laxmi also promised monetary help in the form of Rs 50,000.
Meanwhile Noida Police Commissioner also came forward and offered help to Mehra.
Sharing his story, 19-year-old who hails from Uttarakhand, explained his reasons for the midnight runs from work to home. He said, in the mornings, he cooks and doesn’t get time, during the afternoons and evenings he works. But once he is done from work, he runs to make-up for the lost time.
He added that he works to ensure that there is no added burden on his brother and how his father has been looking after his ailing mother.
Despite the overnight fame, Pradeep remains unhindered from his aim and reiterated that he will continue to run, until he qualifies for the Indian Army.