Wheeling Happiness Foundation
Learning is finding out what you already know.
Doing is demonstrating that you know it
Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you do.
You are all Learners, Doers, Teachers
Richard Bach in Illusions
The Wheeling Happiness Foundation is the proverbial first step of a thousand mile journey. A beginning that promises a million new beginnings for those who feel they have reached a dead-end in their lives due to some disability. A brain-child of Deepa Malik, whose chest-below paraplegia couldn’t deter her from achievements that even few able-bodied would dream of. Her indomitable spirit and incessant hard work got national recognition when she was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2012, an honor reserved for the exceptional few in the country.
Wheeling Happiness symbolizes the eternal power of one’s’ will’ that can keep the wheels of life rolling. It is about believing in possibilities, about inspiring others and being inspired in turn and above all it is about the power of doing good and sharing the goodness unequivocally.
The Wheeling Happiness Foundation is a helping hand that reaches out to the differently abled who are in need of physical, materiel, financial and emotional support. Generating its resources through fund-raising events, donations, supporting grants and voluntary contributions, Wheeling Happiness stands strong and supportive beside those in need of help irrespective of their age, social status, type of disability or geographic location within our country. The concept of Wheeling Happiness is to support, guide and inspire those in need to not just become independent and self-reliant but to even go beyond in inspiring others to grow and achieve beyond the usual expectations. And with someone as exemplary and inspiring as Deepa Malik herself leading from the front, the Foundation holds the promise of limitless possibilities as a support system for the differently abled.
A disability is not just the absence of or the inability to use a limb or limbs. A majority of us live straddled by invisible handicaps in our attitude, values and actions without ever mustering enough courage and resolve to break through and live free. Converting the disability into ability is where people like Deepa Malik come to the fore. Such people are a living proof of the power of choice. And also a proof of what proper support and inner determination can overcome. People like her believe in pushing the barriers imposed by her disability, pushing long and hard enough till that becomes a habit. That repeatedly attempting the impossible or at least the ‘very difficult’ and gliding past it is not just possible but expected and to be considered ‘normal’.
The Wheeling Happiness Foundation takes the pledge of not just helping the differently-abled to stand proud and independent but shall strive to help them become an example for the ordinary at what the extraordinary can really be.