Habitually, the month of May calls out for dansal and laterns. ‘Lights of Vesak’ – our usual ice cream dansala was supposed to be organized this time as well. But as the Vesak day got closer, the climate changed from sunny to gloomy and it started pouring. Once somebody said “Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain”, but this time, the quote clearly got twisted. Incessant rains caused tragic landslides in the central hills while bringing the low lying lands underwater. Thousands of people were left displaced while hundreds of others lost their lives during the disaster. The displaced were confined to temporary camps and the need for supplies of food, medicine and sanitary items were on the rise.
Identifying the need of the hour, just like the majority of the warm hearted Sri Lankans did, we diverted the donations we collected to put up the dansala and also gathered aid from the generous people around us to help those who were let down by floods to get up. Thus, we supported the campaign of donating essential items to the displaced, which was led by Sri Lanka Navy. Accordingly, essential drugs such as Paracetamol, Mebendazole, Omeprazole, Povidone iodine, Dielfenac sodium and Cetrezine hydrochloride and also other necessary medical items such as guaze, cotton wool, plasters and Jeewani were collected by us.
Besides the medical necessities, other requisites such as clothes, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, towels, mosquito coils, bedsheets/blankets, sanitary wear, undergarments and candles were attempted to be collected. Packs of cooked food were also distributed in the midst. A major portion of the collected items were distributed to the aggrieved person of Wellampitiya area. The Sri Lanka Navy subsequently conducted a general health camp for the victims of the floods as well 🙂
Though minute when compared to the size of the disaster and the need, we are still proud about the contribution that we made and shall always be thankful to everybody who dropped donation items at our collection centre at the university 🙂
“As and when the need for service arises, Caring to make our badge of Rotaract worthwhile, Tell us that we have not lived in vain”