Inspiring Story of Preethi Srinivasan
Before, Preethi Srinivasan was the youngest member of the Tamil Nadu State Women’s Cricket Team and started representing the state at just eight years of age and captained the state cricket team to a win in the under-19 national championships in 1997. She was also a National level swimmer. As a student, Preethi Srinivasan excelled at nearly everything she attempted.
In 1998 when she was just 18 years while returning from a college trip from Pondicherry to her hometown Chennai, they stopped by at a private beach. Preethi went into thigh deep water only to come out as paralysed forever. She did not hit any rock or other substance; it was just the impact of the waves which shocked her body. She was rushed to a hospital in Pondicherry where the doctors refused her treatment because it was an “accident” case, placed a spondylitis brace on her neck, asked her friends to ensure that she remained awake and sent her to Chennai. However, when she reached Chennai four hours later, the doctor found it to be a severe case of paralysis, caused by a cervical level spinal cord injury.
Her accident altered her course of life. Physically, mentally and emotionally. But what emerged eventually out of all the struggles was a new leader for people. Physically confined to a wheelchair, she weaves plans of freedom for others like her through her organization Soulfree. Soulfree is a Tamil Nadu based small, public charitable trust that Preethi has started to provide women with severe disabilities with hope and assist them in fulfilling their highest human potential by providing a basic quality of life.
She is a professional speaker and has delivered inspiring talks. Preethi Srinivasan is an award-winning social contributor who has survived a catastrophic accident that left her a quadriplegic, confined to wheelchair for life. she continues to inspire other lives through her organization Soulfree. She has started to provide hope to women with severe disabilities and assists them in fulfilling their highest human potential by providing a basic quality of life.
She’s listed among top 16 famous Indians with disability for 2014 and recently won awards from Femina and Rotary.
Recognition and Awards:
* Vijay TV’s “Sigaram Thotta Pengal – Ray of Hope” award
* Raindropss’ “Woman Achiever of the Year 2014” award
* Femina “Penn Sakthi” award bestowed upon the top 10 most influential women in Tamil Nadu for the year 2014
* Envisage ability award 2014
* Sudesi magazine’s “Dhruva award” for excellence in social work
* The Rotary’s highest award “For the Sake of Honour”
* “Agent of change” Award from district Rotaract Council (Rotary International district 3230) for the year 2014-15
She said, “The most successful man is the man who needs nothing. Who satisfies from living, who’s happy from living, no external event can have an effort of his internal bliss. That is the meaning of Success to me.”
“Be not Afraid. Be Inspired.”