The Grand Slam 🤛🏽


A Clean Up Campaign organized by the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawela Defense University supporting the Rotaract District Initiative, “Let’s Start with Us”, was held on the 5th of August 2017, covering the university perimeter & its surrounding neighborhood. The campaign conducted was more about helping wipe out Dengue, which has bared it ugly face recently, proving to be a huge epidemic in the country than just about cleaning up. “The Grand Slam”, was initiated as a step to help eradicate the fatal disease & to demonstrate that even the smallest of actions could result in the greatest reaction. 
All the action thus started at 10 am in the university premises. Our Secretary, Rtr. Ranishka, initiated a 2 minutes silence in memory of the lives lost to Dengue & was followed by Dr. Ellawala who addressed the gathering with the agenda for the day; elaborating on how the teams should be divided, how the garbage should be disposed & how many teams per lane should be allocated. With the assistance of health workers & the health inspector, Mr. Caldera, ten groups of three, were sent from door to door, examining houses. Each group was guided carefully with the assistance of a health worker. 
A PR campaign was then dispatched to explain to the house owners, how dengue can breed, effects of dengue & how it can be prevented. Accordingly leaflets on the disease & its prevention were distributed by both health workers & the PR team.

Ten groups of six, a mix of Cadets & Day-Scholars, started from 1st Lane to 7th Lane between Kandawala Road to Borupana Road. While the other started from the top of Borupana Road, everyone literally getting down & dirty, jumping down into drains & beating around overgrown weeds. 

After a much productive morning, the time arrived for the lunch break, where refreshments for the tired were distributed. Special thanks goes out to KDU & everyone who made snacks for the generous contributions.

The project carried on as planned after lunch, even among the gloomy skies looming overhead didn’t stop our enthusiastic members & helpers from working. As the rain started to fall it was almost like showers from above because neither did anyone complain nor did the work stop.

With the assistance of the Municipal Council of Mount, garbage was disposed into the trucks, rest assured not to leave any behind. The campaign came to a successful end as we watched each other actively engage, cooperate & work hand-in-hand to achieve a greater cause with determination & splendid team work. 

The success of the campaign would not have been possible if not for the assistance rendered to the club by the Ministry of Health, Municipal Council of Mount, Sri Lanka Police & KDU themselves. We take the opportunity to thank everyone who took time off of their Saturday in & joined in helping us to clear out a Dengue prone area, contributing to the protection of the public.

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Article by Co-Editor Rtr. Vibodha Rathnayake 

LET’S ICE-BREAK! 

On the second meeting of our new Rotaract year, we had more than a surprising increase in number of new members. What started out as a seemingly normal meeting had a few pleasant surprises in store for all of us.
Firstly, we had a rather young guest from the States. Interactor Sethmi Dharmasiri, from the Interact Club of San Mateo High School, California, informed us about her Interact club and the various projects her club has been a part of. It was inspiring to hear that they have, as such young members, participated in worldwide projects that have a large impact.

Afterwards, Our Secretary, Rtr. Ranishka, opened the floor to our two Professional Development directors, Rtr. Ashenka and Rtr. Naduni to introduce the fun they had planned: to help all the members get together and have a fun time while getting to know each other and break the ice.

The first ice breaker was something that had us all jumping through hoops. Members were divided into teams of twelve into five groups. It started out by members having to pass a hula-hoop which they had to be jumping through, all the while holding hands. This tested the skill of agility and being able to coordinate well with the other person to work to achieve a common goal. We had quite a few tall, well-built boys, who had an interesting way of getting through the loop or rather making sure that the loop didn’t completely overpower them. The first group to finish leaping through the hoops was indeed our IPP Rtr. Kushan Yapa’s team which was indicated by a very loud roar of victory from himself followed by his team.
Secondly, we had an interesting game of Pop the Balloon. There was a small catch- you had to run to the chair placed at the end and sit on the balloon to pop it. Those of us who didn’t participate were in fits of laughter all through out. Some members were very forceful in sitting down and popping the balloon while some were less forceful and were left floating awkwardly on the chair trying. One we noticed specifically was our Membership Development director Rtr. Sandali.
The third but last ice breaker for the day had to be on volunteer basis due to an influx of members that day. There volunteered the eager innocents who had no idea what they were getting themselves into as they were being blindfolded. After being blindfolded and placed in a circle of chairs blocking their movement to just half a circle, they were told balloons will be released into this space and they would have to pop them. As soon as the game started there was popping almost immediately but not by those within the circle. The little factor our organizers kept from themselves was, the balloons won’t actually be given to them but be popped by our remaining members outside the circle. The innocent members were all left wandering around, trying to find these balloons that were being mysteriously popped seemingly by the other players. After the blindfolds came off, they all had a laugh because some had even come out of the circle of chairs in their drive to find the balloons and win.
As the meeting adjourned, the members, old and new, among goodbyes being thrown around, there was talk of a great time they had and how glad they were they had joined the Rotaract family. 

Article by Co-Editor Rtr. Chayangi Kannangara

Rotaract Year & New Beginnings

The Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawela Defense University calls upon its members to a special meeting on the 5th of July 2017.

With another spectacular Rotaract year coming to a close, it was time again to renew the oaths, goals and memories, as a set of enthusiastic Rotaractors awaited to be assigned their appointments in the committee to kick start a new Rotaract year.
The meeting was held, in the most humbling manner, amidst its old and new members, within the university premises, where as a tradition, the meeting was initiated with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Nation and Rotaract Invocation given by the gathering. It was started off by the Immediate Past President, Rtr. Kushan Yapa, recapping briefly, the club’s events and activities which were conducted in the past Rotaract year; reminiscing the glory of the club’s accomplishments. Special recognition was given to the club’s signature project KUDA OYA, as well as many other significant projects such as BURN, CURE, #EMPOWER etc. The Immediate Past Secretary, Rtr. Lekangi Perera, joined in to extend gratitude to the hard-working club members for their support and contribution to the projects, as well as to extend her well wishes to the newly appointed commitee.

The outgoing president then passed off the gavel to his successor, Rtr. Ravindu Jayakody, to take over the responsibility of guiding and leading the new committee into another exciting year of dedicated service and fellowship to the community. Soon after followed by the introduction of the new Secretary, Rtr. Ranishka Ratnasekara. Amidst all formalities, there occurred a light-hearted moment as Hasani Gunasekara, Director for Professional Development for the previous year, took a few minutes to deliver an account of how wonderful it had been to work hand in hand with the IPP and his committee.

Finally, most anticipated moment of the meeting had arrived- appointment of the executive committee and the board members. The following members were entrusted to take upon duties and responsibilities of the club, as the newly appointed President announced:-

Vice-President: – Salinda Samarakoon
Vice-President: – Cadet Officer Udeepa Hettiarachchi
Vice-President: – Heshan Wijayagunawardane
Assistant Secretary: – Hasani Gunasekara
Editor: – Chayangi Kannangara
Editor: – Vibodha Rathnayake
Sergeant-at-Arms: – Ramitha Miyuranga
Directors for Club Service: – Rukmi Jayawardane, Rajith Samarasekara
Directors for Community Service: – Harith Samarasinghe, Senuri Gunetilleke
Directors for Public Relations: – Malinthi Perera, Raveen Fernando
Directors for Finance: – Sammani Dunuwila, Shara Meedin
Directors of IT: –  Kaveesha Erangith, Lahiru Attanayake
Directors for Membership Development: – Sandali Gurusinghe
Directors of Professional Development: –  Ashenka de Silva, Naduni Fonseka
Directors of Sports: – Pamoda Hettiarachchi, Hiran Sameera
Directors for International Relations: –  Rushinie Ranasinghe, Gayeshan Jayasundera.

There was a clear-cut support felt in the air emanating from the crowd of members present towards the newly appointed committee.
Both IPP and IPS, for their immense service and dedication to the club, were given tokens of appreciation and was once again congratulated for completing the past Rotaract year with much grandeur and success. Thereafter, the meeting was conducted as usual as the newly appointed President laid out future plans and briefed on the upcoming events while encouraging the members to expand the club membership and delivering uplifting words of inspiration to the appointed committee members.
The meeting was thus successfully concluded as the gathering scattered with hearts content and their minds’ wheels already turning with creative plans for the future.

Article by Co-Editor Rtr. Vibodha Rathnayake

 

Project C.U.R.E BnS Up-Close and Personal Concert

The Musical Concert led by Bathiya and Santhush was the first time in which a Rotaract Club of District 3220 organized such an event as the “BnS- Up-close and Personal concert.” The concert which took place on the 3rd of May 2017 at the BMICH.
A warm night breeze hung thick over Colombo that night. Despite the heat and the fatigue that comes with it after a tiring day of work and university lectures, hundreds of people both young and old scurried into the hall eager for the show to begin. They came anticipating an evening of fine music and entertainment. This was the Big Concert: the phase 2 of the project C.U.R.E.
The evening brought big news too: the Rotaractors of KDU were ecstatic to find out five minutes before the show that they were left with a mere 20 tickets to sell! The members had worked tirelessly for months on end to ensure that the funds necessary to complete the project C.U.R.E would be collected, and there hard was duly rewarded. It was just a matter of sitting backstage, relaxing and enjoying the show.
Bathiya and Santhush need no special introduction. The reaction of the crowd when the curtains were drawn spoke volumes on how successful the concert would be. From beginning to end the audience sang along to the songs of old and new, while the audience in the balcony wasted no time sitting as they danced along to the tunes and beats that were all too familiar. The energy resonating throughout the concert was truly spectacular and was felt immensely by the performers on stage who couldn’t help but notice what a great time the crowd was having.
Randhir, Umariya, Bathiya, Santhush and Ashanthi lit up the stage with their lively performances and talent, bringing on an encore at the end of each and every song, keeping the audience on their feet dancing the night away.
The concert was a success and needless to say it ended up carrying on for an additional half hour as the artists couldn’t get enough of the vibrant audience.
The B n S concert which was organized as a “vision to action” initiative in order to raise funds for the Thalassemia project C.U.R.E has been one of the biggest and most successful fundraiser organized by the Rotaract Club of KDU.

Article by Co Editor Rtr.Shenelle Perera.

C.U.R.E – Insight on Project C.U.R.E

“If you are not a part of the cure, then you are a part of the problem.”
Thalassemia is one of the most common inherited conditions of any major racial group in the European and Asian regions.
In Sri Lanka, there are insufficient measures in place to provide sufficient and accurate information to the individual, so that they may take up the opportunity of asking to be screened. Experts blame ignorance of parents for growth of thalassemia. However, its spread can be controlled easily through genetic screening and counseling. If only one parent is a carrier of the thalassemia trait, the child may have a normal life, but when both are carriers, there is a 25% chance in every pregnancy of a thalassaemics being born. If every expecting mother is informed and asked to get the test done to know if she is a thalassemia carrier, it will curb the spread to a great extent.
It is a part of the cure to want to be cured.
“C.U.R.E,” the project undertaken by the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, consists of two phases.
Phase 1- Open 3×3 Basketball Tournament.
Phase 2- Up-close and Personal Concert of Bathiya and Santhush (BnS)
The 3×3 Basketball Tournament which was the first phase of the project was successfully carried out and took place on the 5th of March 2017 at the basketball Court of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, with a participation of 56 teams.
Having completed the 3×3 basketball, phase 2 of the project, the Musical Concert led by Bathiya and Santhush will be the first time in which a Rotaract Club of District 3220 would organize such an event as the “BnS- Up-close and Personal Concert.” The proposed concert, planned to be held on the 3rd of May 2017 at the BMICH from 6pm -11pm, would take us closer to the objectives of “C.U.R.E”
The first objective of the project is the awareness programme. Several types of Thalassemia are curable through medication. For some it is compulsory to do a bone marrow transplant. Bone marrow transplant is not only expensive, it is a tedious process finding a matching bone marrow. It is therefore important that awareness and prevention is created at mass level so as to nip the problem in the bud.
The awareness project on the matter would take place via a Facebook Campaign on the causes and consequences of Thalassemia alongside an Awareness program focused on Rotaract Clubs of the District 3220.
The second objective, which is medical expenditure coverage for a time period of three months, with an expense of SLR 136,000 per month, would be carried out with the aid of the funds collected through the project.
The third objective, the setting up of a bleeding room for those affected by thalassemia in order to bring about a sense of privacy to those gaining treatment. This would ideally entail a partitioning in an existing room of the treatment centers. The objective could be achieved in two ways. Firstly by providing necessary funding to fix a partitioning in a required area or by assisting in the fixing of a partitioning by providing help in the form of labour
The fourth and final key objective o the project is the providing of vocational training to the victims, as most victims of the sickness are young children or adolescents and the prevailing issues lead to a lack of consistent education or training in a possible field of work. It is therefore a possibility to teach or train the patients in a field of vocation or even provide basic educational requirements in any way possible.

Our dreams seem big. Our goals seem tough. We believe however, that great things are possible when a series of small things comes together. Help us help them. Be the C.U.R.E.

Article by – Co-Editor Rtr. S.D.Perera

Caroling for a cause -Evening Tea Party at The Pamunugama Orphanage.

“Caroling for a Cause 2015” was an initiative of RCKDU to raise funds in order to provide essentials to the children of the inmates at the Walikada prison. Having completed the prison project successfully, Rotaractors of KDU decided on having “Caroling for a Cause 2016” for the second consecutive time in order to provide essentials for orphans at the Pamunugama Child Development Centre.
The 28th of February 2017 was a much anticipated day for the young Rotaractors of KDU. It was precisely 2 months prior to this date that the enthusiastic Rotaractors put on their Santa hats and set off caroling from door to door to collect funds for the Pamunugama Child Development Centre.
The Rotaractors arrived at the Child Development Centre on a beautiful Sunday evening, and were met by 52 eager, smiling, hopeful girls, who called this Child Development Centre their home.
The funds collected through “caroling for a cause 2016” enabled us to provide dry rations, sanitary necessitates, as well as ceiling fans to the center. The highlight of the event was when the girls found out that an evening tea party and sing along was a part that evenings agenda.
In order to better acquaint ourselves with our new found friends, we spent time playing games and chatting in the garden, which we enjoyed immensely! Later that evening, they sat in eagerness until the tea party began, and feasted on cakes and savories and a nice hot cup of tea that they enjoyed thoroughly. The sing along session was an even bigger success, as the girls fought for an opportunity to sing their favorite song and entertain the audience present that day. It truly was a blissful evening full of smiles as the girls of the Pamunugama Child Development Centre thanked us profoundly for spending our Sunday evening with them, when in fact it was us who should thank them for the wonderful entertainment and fun shared with us!

“Delicióso Grand Kitchenétte” |A Twist of Taste

As Sri Lankans we are inherited with a rich background of cuisine characterized with many fresh herbs and spices. We are all so proud of how our ancestors have mixed and mingled the homegrown spices to make the most flavorful dishes unique to Sri Lanka. We also believe that the “kitchen” is a gathering place for friends and family ;a place where memories are homemade and seasoned with love. Bearing this thought Rotaractors of KDU organized the annual cook off “Delicióso Grand Kitchenétte” bringing all the Rotaractors into one kitchen to learn the quintessential expressions of European cuisine.

The evening started off at the Singer showroom in Mount Lavinia under the guidance of Chef Mrs. Sujiva Withana. The cookery demonstration of few exquisitely unadorned and simple western dishes was lined up for the evening.
The first off was the “Cream of Asparagus Soup”. This dish was flavored with the richness of Asparagus shoots and herb mixture of thyme, bay leaf and rosemary. The aroma of the herb mixture in hot boiling chicken stock thickened with fresh cream filled the room in no time after kept on stove.

Meanwhile the Soup cooked into a creamy texture the Chef demonstrated the ingredients for the next dish; the “Shepherd’s Pie”. The base of this dish was the minced chicken saute topped with the rich creamy mashed potato made with butter and milk.This too was a simple mouthwatering dish which encapsulated the richness of Worcestershire sauce; a sauce unique to European dishes.

The final demonstration was the “Grilled Aubergines with Pesto Sauce”. The eggplant slices was brushed with olive oil and grilled until softened and lightly charred. The freshly ground basil gave the pesto sauce its lovely green texture flavored with the garlic and cashew-nuts.
Preparing the Apple Crumble was a cook off among the Rotaractors divided into 4 groups. It was a very simple but rich in sweetness and flavor. Just one clove added a lot of flavor to this dish and the aroma it gave was amazing! All 4 groups were pretty enthusiastic to unleash their hidden cooking skills. It was just like a real life experience of a “Fox Life” or a “TLC” cooking show. Every group made sure that their apple mixture got the correct consistency and tried their very best to make the dish perfect even by garnishing it with red and green apple peels! All the Rotaractors turned into passionate chefs for a while!
Chef Mrs. Sujiva Withana who is a professional cooking instructor at the Singer Cookery School gave us a lot of tips on how to make these fancy dishes easily with the help of the ingredients available in Sri Lanka, how to saute the ingredients perfectly and make tender and pillowy mashed potato that melts in your mouth! We saw many flavors mingle together to form soul food that is easy to make! The evening was an absolute delight!
The annual cook off was proof that a kitchen is indeed a place where memories are homemade and seasoned with love. Hence it is safe to say “Delicióso Grand Kitchenétte” did its best in bringing the young Rotaractors in harmony to blend in the culinary riches and witness the European cuisine.

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Article by Co-Editor Rtr. M.Pasqual

To see the joy in the children’s eyes| Caroling for a Cause

What could be more fun and enjoyable for a bunch of 20-year-olds than to gather up and spend some quality time talking, singing, cracking jokes and reminiscing while munching on some yummy snacks? And imagine if all that energy is put towards a charitable cause, how contented we all would be!

“Caroling for a Cause” was an initiative of RCKDU to raise funds in order to provide essentials to the children of the inmates at the Walikada prison. Having completed the prison project successfully, Rotaractors of KDU decided on having “Caroling for a Cause” this year for the second consecutive time in order to provide essentials for orphans.

It was a piece of cake for us to gather up and run through few of the most popular carols with the talented choristers and the guitarists in the club. Dressed up in red, white and black with the “Santa hats” we were all in the Christmas spirit to go from door to door singing carols.

We simply loved it; to see the families gather in their halls to watch us sing and to witness the breathtaking interior Christmas decors in each house. They all were truly entertained, it was obvious from the way they all swayed, tapped their feet and mouthed the words along with us. Some even served yummy Christmas cake and soft drinks!

Every minute spent with the fellow Rotaractors preparing to sing and walking door to door singing carols was enjoyable. We did what we loved, it was tireless because we had fun spending time together singing and hoping to provide the ones in need with essentials in the coming New Year.
Coming home that night past mid night, it got me thinking… “This is exactly why I love Rotaract, it brings all of us together to put a smile on the faces that need to feel delighted in a season like this.”

We all felt much contented in ending 2016 with a blast, putting all our youthful enthusiasm for a charitable cause. The moments we spend together are never dull, each one of us definitely knows how to stay happy and make others happy and that makes being a Rotaractor worthwhile. 🙂

Article by Co-Editor M.Pasqual

Escape the Ordinary | Kuda Oya 2016

Month of December, as we all know it, is the month of festivity, glamour and vacation. It’s the end of a calendar year where most of us love to wrap up themselves on bed or gather around with family to take some time away from their busy schedules, enjoy the festive season with friends and re-energize to start another new year. As for the young KDU Rotaractors, this December was all about stepping out of their comfort zone with their fellow Rotaractors to take the most awaited trip to “KUDA OYA”.

For me, even though KUDA OYA 2K16 was my second time every little thing felt adventurous as it was my first. The best feeling about going to the Commando Regiment Training School with fellow Rotaractors once again, was that, it felt like going “home”. The warm welcome given by the officers and the early morning “sweet” tea has so much to say about how “homely” Kuda Oya is for me.

The Commando Regiment Training School in Uva Kuda Oya is originally the home for brave Commandos of our country, where they are groomed to be skilled with extraordinary strength, fearlessness, courage and motivation to face any battle and bear in mind that “Nothing is Impossible”. Hence for us, facing at least a wee bit of the challenges that the commando trainees face was actually something to brag about.

Kuda Oya was the place to set aside your fears and unleash the adventurous soul that hide within you because of your mundane daily routine at home or work. If you are an “adrenaline junkie” and would love to feel your heart racing with excitement, I guarantee that KUDA OYA is the ideal place for you.

Even though I’m yearning to share interesting details about KUDA OYA, on a collective agreement we are determined not to give out any spoilers for those who haven’t yet been a part of Kuda Oya. It’s all about experiencing than explaining. But I’m pretty sure all those who were a part of Kuda Oya had so much to share with their loved ones.

Thanks to all the “selfies”, new friends we’ve made in Kuda Oya and all the little stories we could laugh about for hours, Kuda Oya once again paved the way for Rotaractors to cherish a whole lot of memories. Next time when those Rotaractors meet, I’m pretty sure they would start their conversations saying “Remember at Kuda Oya…” in reminiscing the adventures.

“Life is for Strange Adventures, Midnight Swims, and Rambling Conversations.” Until next time, keep in mind that, “an adventure awaits you at Kuda Oya”. 😉

Article by Co-Editor Rtr. M Pasqual.

“…hurtful words are such that pierce the heart and weigh the soul.”

There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds. Both you and I for sure have come across moments where our emotions are crippled and hope is shattered by words of cruelty. Words seems to take the character of a weapon to manipulate one’s thinking in order to condemn their behavior which would ultimately cause emotional breakdowns and poor self- esteem in many people. You could even be a victim of verbal abuse if you live alone because if your self-talk, the voice in your head, diminishes you or your belief in yourself in any way, then you subject yourself to verbal abuse when you allow your inner critic to put you down. No one, anywhere, is immune to verbal abuse. Name calling, putting down, hurling insults, making “fun”, harsh criticism, and one-upmanship and so on can seem to be the “norm”. But in the context of a relationship and combined with manipulation and denial it becomes very dangerous and damaging to anyone.

In Sri Lanka, women face the threat of verbal abuse at work, at home, at school, on the road, or walking through a park, and lasts with nothing to prevent it. In fact defending one’s self against abusive comments puts women in a position to be judged as misbehaving and they are often expected to ignore verbal harassment taken place in the streets. In most societies objectifying women is often misinterpreted to be a sign of masculinity. In such way women are much prone to be harassed verbally as serious as they are prone to physical abuse.

In Sri Lanka, cases of verbal abuse against women are seldom discussed or taken action against. The society as a whole lacks an adequate idea about adverse effects caused by verbal harassment against women. Where the topic physical abuse receives a paramount status for discussion, consequences of verbal abuse against women are often left unaddressed.

Bearing the thought of how Sri Lankan women face the incurable threat of verbal abuse, RCKDU took an initiative to raise awareness with regard to the consequences of verbal abuse against women and why verbal abuse should be condemned and prevented. Project EMPOWER was the ultimate movement to create awareness that as much as physical abuse, verbal abuse too is an incurable epidemic in the society. Withholding, countering, discounting, verbal abuse disguised as jokes, blocking & diverting, accusing & blaming, judging & criticizing, trivializing, undermining, threatening, name calling, forgetting, ordering, denial, abusive anger, all these amount to verbal harassment and carry gravity to afflict women as much as physical abuse does.

The Club’s intended to remind the society that women are strong, courageous, intelligent, inventive, thriving and words shouldn’t be used as a tool to undermine them or manipulate them in an abusive manner. Hence empowering women to stand against verbal abuse, to promote self-love by building self-esteem was the ultimate goal of project “EMPOWER”.

Social media has become a powerful tool for igniting new movements from generations’ long conversations. Online hash tags and tech-ins, tweets, blog posts and inventive use of new media have forced attention on interpersonal violence issues including rape-kits, street harassment and domestic violence. As much as these online movements focus on major issues obviously visible in the society RCKDU this time focused about yet another major issue though prevalent but invisible or neglected in the current society.

The specialty of this project was that it was carried out solely via Facebook and Instagram throughout the month of November. The participants (men and women) were to upload a self-portrait photograph (selfie) with a common description and were to tag their other friends on Facebook in order to carry out the same act as a movement for awareness. In addition to that, posts which contained various facts on verbal abuse such as causes and consequences were posted and shared via the Facebook page “EMPOWER”.

A popular modern day cliché –“selfies” were the driving force of “EMPOWER”. The club’s intent of putting it to good use on social media to capture the attention of the public made a great impact on raising awareness about “verbal abuse against women” that is taking place in our society.

Another important feature of “EMPOWER” was that RCKDU was able to collaboratively carry out this project with the participation of influential celebrities in the modern day. The present generation is more willing to follow the path of the inspirational characters. They give a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation. Bearing this in mind RCKDU took the initiative to join many eminent figures in the field of sports, cinema, art, entrepreneurship, in Sri Lanka. They too took part in this movement by either posting a short video clip sharing their personal views and experiences on “verbal abuse”, or a self-portrait with a description on their personal views why verbal abuse against women should be condemned.

Our principle goal was to remind the general public that ladies are solid, gallant, insightful, imaginative, and flourishing and words can’t undermine her. Thus words should not be used in an abusive way to jeopardize their way of thinking or behaving but in a way to empower them; to highlight their true potential and not their insecurities.

By “likes”, “shares” of posts on Facebook and Instagram that exceeded hundreds in number, and the appreciations,support received by many inspiring characters and fellow rotaractors, it is safe to say that, as a young set of Rotaractors we succeeded in raising awareness among general public.
EMPOWER, to a great extent, was able to inculcate in young minds that verbal abuse has grave consequences just like other forms of abuse and we should be mindful in using our words to express judgment.