On her wheelchair, She captained an under-19 women’s cricket team.
Preethi Srinivasan – the former Under-19 cricket captain of Tamil Nadu, it was a normal childhood for her just like other kids and her family could sense a bright future upcoming until that awful day came into her life, In 1998 at an age of 18, Preethi suffered an accident which resulted in the Broken spinal cord that made her quadriplegic. She got paralysis below neck and a wheelchair the only tool with her to live her entire life.
After many days of weeping, and being sad about her loss, Preethi decided not to live her rest of life in sorrow always. So she took admission in Psychology in Tamil Nadu, but as we all know poor infrastructure of college that was unsuitable for a wheelchair and mandatory attendances took away her dream. But she never gave up, her family got her books to began her education from home. Sometime later, she got a job as a content writer that changed later into synopsis writer. Despite being a disabled, She chose to live her life with full dignity and as a respectful member of the society.
Preethi’s dream came true when she founded her NGO named ‘Soulfree’ – an NGO that helps people with spinal cord injury. She strongly believes that to be loved is the most important gift of life and said, ” I’m so lucky to have my family besides me no matter what her problems are.” Her mother Vijayalakshmi supports her NGO and takes cares of everything. Soulfree till now has changed the lives of over 200 person with spinal cord injuries.
They provide Vocational training, education and stipend with lots of love to them. On being asked about the funding of soulfree, she say, ” We don’t ask for any funds or donations. I’m a motivational speaker and all the funding’s i receive goes to the soulfree. But yeaah the people from their own will can donate to our NGO through our website.”
One of the major disappointment preethi has is that Our govt. Still hasn’t realized spinal cord injury as a specific multiple disability. She is raising awareness on this issue as much as she can advising people to always be alerted on roads, work and every places that are at heights. And as per the govt. records, their is no proper statistical data available on number of spinal cord injuries in a year or month.
Preethi is bringing out this change in our society and we salute her for her inner strength that makes up for whatever she has lost in her life that doesn’t stop you from doing good for other people.
For more information about their initiative, Feel free to visit their website: http://www.soulfree.org/ or Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/Soulfreetrust and https://www.facebook.com/ThroatFort. You could also contact Preethi directly at Preethi@Soulfree.org.