Lalithkumar Natarajan, a para rider from Tiruppur has successfully completed the Disability Education Awareness Ride (DEAR 2017) which he undertook to spread the message that differently abled people can soar to great heights if they are given opportunities, on his custom bullet. He wants to create awareness on spinal cord disability and plans to continue riding every year with different destinations.
He started his ride from Kanyakumari and rode to Khardung La with Major Venu ( riding on Himalayan) and Mr Vishal (KTM Duke) on June 15, 2017 and ended his ride on July 3, 2017 at Khardung La. He rode across Salem, Belgaum, Pune, Surat,Udaipur, Delhi, Sonipat, Amritsar, Udhampur, Srinagar, Lamayuru, covering a distance of approx. 4200 kms.
He faced many difficulties across the course of his ride including bad roads, heavy traffic, bike breakdown, extreme weather but nothing stopped him from achieveing his dream. He even had a major fall in Srinagar when the saft connecting the wheel with side car was broken in two pieces. Though many advised him to end the ride, he was determined to complete it. He got timely help and thus could continue his ride. He has become the first Indian rider paralyzed chest below to ride to Khardungla Pass in retrofit bike with side car. He received accolades from many biking clubs and bikers in India, and abroad for achieving this feat. Next he plans to cover the North East.
When Lalith was just 11 years old, he lost mobility beneath his waist due to Transverse Myelitis (a neurological condition in which the spinal cord is inflamed). Since then, he has been confined to a wheelchair but he did not let this setback affect him. Today, he runs an NGO in Tiruppur that works towards creating awareness about the rights of the differently-abled. The organization provides equipment like wheelchairs, commode chairs, urinary catheters and bags free of cost to those who cannot afford them. His family members have been a constant source of inspiration to him.
Throttle Team salutes him and wishes him good luck for future!