AUTHOR : RTN. MANSOOR
The Rotary Club of Madras East (RCME) and Congruent Solutions Pvt. Ltd., corporate sponsorship partner of Project RUSH (RCME Recognizing Unsung Heroes) will honor again three unsung heroes of our state on March 29, 2017 at 6.30PM in Hotel Crowne Plaza, Chennai. These heroes are self-made individuals who face life’s toughest challenges, keep stretching beyond their comfort zones yet work for the betterment of the society in their quite but effective ways.
Their inspiring life story is a source of motivation for all of us to enable the mindset change required for our community growth. Their sacrifice, humility, valor, skill and endurance comes from their inner self drive to accomplish a mission. This is the one thing that they see as a reason to do what they are doing.
The earlier three awardees of Project RUSH in September 2016 were Annadurai, an auto driver who is known for his innovation in customer service hospitality; Harigaran, a night school teacher who has devoted his life to educating slum children; Kumar M, a traffic cop who is known for his sincerity in maintaining zero accident service at his signal.
Shri. S Ramakrishnan, Founder President of Amar Seva Sangam will be the Chief Guest on March 29, 2017 to honor the awardees.
Born in 1979, she was the captain of the under-19 Tamil Nadu women’s cricket team and lead the state team to the national championships in 1997 at the age of 17. After surviving an accident that left her quadriplegic, she co-founded Soulfree.org, a foundation that champions the causes of restoring, rehabilitating, and re-integrating those suffering lethal spinal cord injuries and spreads awareness on its prevention among Indian youth.
She was also a title-holder swimmer, having won a state gold in 50m breaststroke and silver in other events. She also delivers talks on disability issues. After her accident, she took up a Bachelor correspondence course in Medical Sociology from the University of Madras. She also holds interest in music, art, films and literature.
A M.B.A. in Banking & Finance with over 23 years experience in banking and financial services industries as well as taking forward her passion in Sports. She is physically challenged with more than 80% disability due to Polio.
She has won the Bronze medal in the Corporate Sports Olympiad 2011 in 100 meters freestyle Swimming, won 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals in the 12th National Paralympic Swimming Championship 2012, and 4 Gold Medals in the 1st State Level Paralympic Swimming Championship 2013 as well as many more achievements throughout her career.
She is also the founder of Yes We Too Can Movement (Which is meant for encouraging the challenged people to take part in Sports with an emphasis on Swimming. Given her extensive experience with building Paralympic Swimming movement in Tamil Nadu, she is offering strategic leadership to build WBFI (Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India) as a full-fledged organization of excellence in promoting wheelchair basketball as a sport. Her Dream Project: Sports School for the Challenged People.
Dr. P. Uthayamalar, Chennai
An Orphan who runs an orphanage in the city outskirts over for 45 years. Founder of Bharatha Matha Home at Nandiyambakkam, North Madras (near Minjur), she has dedicated her entire life for social service. She runs this orphanage home since her college days and has provided shelter, food, medical and education facilities benefitting 2000+ orphan kids. Currently there are 40 students and 5 adults. The resident students visit nearby government aided schools and few older students persue their college education. I personally went to their facility and they need assistance in improving their infrastructure + monthly groceries funding. This hero along with the kids manages all the affairs of the home till date based out of a remote location.