Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-03-19 20:56 Bengaluru: Social media is increasingly emerging as an avenue to raise funds for causes. A Facebook group with over 1.50 lakh members has put its huge membership to good use by managing to raise a tidy sum for a charitable cause. The group “KCLT- Konkani Culture Language and Tradition”, which is more than three years old, has raised over Rs35 lakh for funding needy patients and homeless in the last three years. Apart from charitable activities, the group is also working towards popularising Konkani language and Konkani tradition on social media. The KCLT group has 44 admins, three legal advisors, two financial advisors and mentors to monitor its activities. Committee members from diverse religious backgrounds are working across the globe and actively involved in increasing the group strength and lending a hand for charitable causes. For example, members working in Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and overseas see that group members looking for jobs get job alerts and assistance. Rakesh Pinto Vitla, who is working in the petroleum sector in UAE, said the group was created to spread cheer among members. “Sometimes, the group was criticised but now issues have been sorted out,” said Rakesh. Fr Lancy Mendonca, a Capuchin priest based in Mumbai, said,“ We are trying to spread the message of peace in society and help the needy and poor. Members are generous in donating and every rupee is accounted for. One of our goal is to start a temporary accommodation for job seekers in Bengaluru so that he/she can avoid spending on lodging.” Harshit Ramanath, a techie in Bengaluru and an active member of KCLT, feels the group shares only the informative content without harming anyone's religious feelings and sentiments Another member, Kamath Vastu Yogi, has come up with a proposal of donating a 3-acre land near KCLT to build a house for needy patients, students and homeless. “We are trying to do some good. We do not believe in any publicity,” he said.