The Rotary Club of Madras East (RCME) in association with Congruent Solutions Pvt. Ltd., today honored three unsung heroes under the project RUSH –Rotary Un-SungHeroes. The three women have contributed significantly to the society despite all the odds and adversities that came their way.
Ms. Preethi Srinivasan, a quadriplegic for nearly two decades is a proud founder of Soulfree, a charitable organization for rehabilitating those with spinal cord injuries. She said, “When I witnessed two quadriplegic suicide, I decided to start a foundation that will give them financial independence and stability. I would like to inspire many others to be happy despite what life throws at you, from my story.”
Ms. P. MadhaviLatha, who is 80% disabled due to polio is definitely an inspiration to all. She had been told by the doctors 10 years ago, that she might not live for more than a year, due to lack of physical activity. Despite all the negativity around, today, she holds four gold medals from the 1st State-level Paralympic Swimming Championship and two silver and two bronze medals from the 12th National Paralympic Swimming Championships.
Dr. P. Uthayamalar, started Bharatha Matha Home at Nandiyambakkam nearly 45 years ago. After the death of her parents, she was deprived and discriminated by the society due to her cast.” It all started when I met two orphaned children. At that point, I decided to raise them and now I am a proud mother for many such like me, she said. ”
Sri. S. Ramakrishnan, Founder & President, Amar Seva Sangam said: “These three great women have proved that one needs to have the right will and passion for doing something for the society and that will eventually lead us to our goal.”
Addressing the gathering, Rtn K. Ananth, President, Rotary Club of Madras East said, “Attitude determines ‘altitude’. In this case, all the three young women have in their own way tried to overcome their personal difficulties and disabilities and yet contribute to the society. We should be grateful that god has given us everything and strived to do more for the poor and downtrodden.”
Rtn. Mansoor Ahmed, Chairman of the awards committee said,“It is everyone’s moral responsibility to contribute towards the betterment of the society. And these women have inspired us to a great extent by their work and service. ”
Rtn. J Balaram, President, Congruent Solutions said, “These heroes are self-made individuals who face life’s toughest challenges and yet work towards the betterment of the society in a most effective way.”
Rtn. Sudarshan Ranganathan, Secretary, Rotary Club of Madras East was also present.
In the past, The Rotary Club of Madras (RCME) has honored Mr. Annadurai, an auto driver who is known for his innovation in customer service hospitality; Mr. Harigaran, a night school teacher who has devoted his life to educating slum children and Mr Kumar M, a traffic cop who is known for his sincerity in maintaining zero accident service at his signal.