“If I had a choice, I would opt to walk again. But it is also true that my life in a wheelchair for the last few years has been more worthwhile than that of the 26 years when I could walk”, said Ashla Rani, addressing a public meeting at Kochi last year.
That “worthwhile work” as volunteer with Pallium India made Ashla one of the winners of Kerala Youth Commission’s Youth Icon award 2017. Ashla has been selected under the category “Social Service”.
Ashla Rani joined Pallium India in 2014 as executive assistant to Pallium India’s Chairman. Currently she also works for Pallium India’s educational support program for children of poor patients, and provides emotional support and counselling to people who are in the throes of depression and loneliness. She also leads a campaign to make Trivandrum city wheelchair friendly.
The youth icon award will be presented to Ashla Rani and the winners of other categories by the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Trivandrum on August 1.
Congratulations, dear Ashla, and thank you for everything you do.