New Delhi, August 25: Indian wrestler and CWG 2022 medallist Pooja Gehlot has joined hands with Smile Foundation to champion the cause of girl children. She paid a visit to the organization’s premises and met a batch of girl children.
She interacted with the children and spoke about her arduous yet incredible journey to glory. Coming from a modest background herself, Ms. Gehlot urged the youngsters to have dreams and encouraged them never to give up in the face of hardships.
Pooja Gehlot won the bronze medal in the Women’s Freestyle in the 50 kg category in the Commonwealth Games, 2022. However she was apologetic for not finishing top and thereby not being able to hear the national anthem play during the presentation ceremony. This had prompted the prime minister of India tweet, “Pooja, your medal calls for celebrations, not an apology. Your life journey motivates us, your success gladdens us. You are destined for great things ahead…keep shining!”
On the association with Smile Foundation, Ms. Pooja Gehlot said that, “Smile Foundation is doing a commendable job. I am glad to be associated with the cause of girl children. It was really nice interacting with the children and sharing my life experiences with them. Sometime we have to commit ourselves to a large goal so that we touch innumerable lives, be it social development, sports or nation building. Then we discover our untapped potential.”
Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-founder and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation said, “We are happy to partner with Ms. Pooja Gehlot, a budding youth icon and an inspiring athlete. This is going to inspire thousands of girl children and young women across our projects to dream big and become champions in various areas of their lives.”