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Lorraine (Lolly) Raphael

Lorraine, or Lolly as she is known to her many friends, arrived in the Homes as a baby in Lucia King. Contracting polio at an early age, she spent a lot of time alone watching other children play.

Lolly studied hard and transformed herself from a schoolgirl crippled by polio into a Social Worker receiving the Mother Teresa International Millennium Award.

Lolly dared to dream big, emerging as a winner in very many different fields and becoming a role model for the disabled. On December 3, 2009, World Disabled Day, Lolly was awarded a state government award " Role Model for the Disabled" by the former Governor of West Bengal Gopal Krishna Gandhi.

Lolly writes: "When I was in school, I used to cry and fight with God... what could I do with such a disability. Then I realised that by helping others I could touch the lives of other people in a miraculous way. When people look down on the disabled like they looked down on me, I just want to tell them not to look at our disability but look at our abilities and give us opportunities to contribute.”

There is more to Lolly than meets the eye!

She is the winner of three ski-ing gold medals, won in Norway ski-ing over distances of three kilometers, five kilometers and ten kilometres. Won, despite competition from more than 1,000 disabled participants from fifteen different countries.

Lolly might need crutches and a caliper to walk, but her life shows what can be done with courage and determination. Lolly is a shining example to current pupils at the Homes.

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