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Two young Indonesians win AskFM Hero competition

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, May 9, 2017  /  02:35 pm
Two young Indonesians win AskFM Hero competition

AskFM Hero was organized by AskFM social network site in collaboration with the Diana Award youth charity program to find young people who use the site positively. (Shutterstock/File)

Social media influencer Reza Pahlevi has been named a winner of the AskFM Hero competition while university student Genta Mansyur was named the runner up.

AskFM Hero was organized by AskFM in cooperation with youth charity program the Diana Award, to find the best of young people who positively use AskFM, a social media site that allows users to ask questions anonymously.

To join the competition, each participant was required to send a one-minute video of themselves talking about the meaning of heroism and how they help make the world a better place. 

The AskFM Hero competition received 52 applications from 21 countries.

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Reza was recognized as the man behind 2015 Charity.FM, an offline event that gathered the Indonesian Ask.FM community. The charity event was attended by 1,000 participants and raised US$2,500 for local causes.

Meanwhile, Genta used Ask.FM to provide counseling and resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual community in Indonesia.

As the winner, Reza will be the face of AskFM and will receive US$ 2,000 for a life-changing event of his choice, such as flight to his dream destination or to the Coachella music festival.

“This generation of young people have been demonized for self-interest and negative online behavior like cyber-bullying. This competition aims to shine a light on all the amazing things young people are capable of and give them a platform for sharing them,” the Diana Award head of campaigns and development, Alex Holmes, said in a press release. (asw)