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.

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.

Sisu Saviya : “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving”

The world, classified as per societies unfortunate standards and directives, consists of the “haves” and the “have nots.” The criteria which classifies each individual into one or the other is vastly subjective.
If I were to ask you to classify yourself as a have or a have not, I would assume that the mere fact that you do not own the latest I Phone or the trendiest and latest fashion outfit would make you think of yourself as a have not. I know I would. Society would.
Consider for a moment a scenario in which you had to long for a pair of shoes to wear to school, or a book in which to write your school notes. Sadly, I would find it rather difficult to ever imagine myself in such a situation, hypothetical though it may be. Is it the lottery of birth which denies or grants us the luxuries in which we live? What then of those who in reality long for a set of books to take to school? Are they the have not’s? Or are we? What makes us equal other than the fact that we human?

Education, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the greatest equalizer of the conditions of men, – the balance-wheel of the social machinery.
As part of our commitment to the sustainability of this equalizer, the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University took up the charge of helping, supporting and promoting education among the students from grades 9 to 11 of Kuleegoda Sumana Vidyalaya, Ambalangoda, through the project titled “Sisu Saviya,” an annual project of the Club. The chairpersons for the Sisu Saviya project 2016 were Rtr. Renzie Thajudeen and Rtr. Ranishka Ratnasekara.

The students of Kuligoda Sumana Vidyalaya, Ambalangoda were nothing but smiles when we arrived at the humble school in the early morn of the 24th of October 2016. Students from grades 1 to 11 were accommodated at the school, and inquisitive eyes followed us as we unpacked boxes from the bus. A warm welcome awaited us at the main hall which was filled on that day with 60 students from grades 9 and 10. The members of the club were seated nervously on the stage as we were unaccustomed to such honorable recognition and treatment. The principal of the school as well as a head teacher addressed the gathering and doused the student’s curiosity by affirming that we had indeed visited them to gift them with whatever it was that lay inside the boxes. Excited whispers and chatter echoed through the hall as the students stared longingly at the boxes, wondering what could be inside. I couldn’t help thinking then of how beautiful life would be if we could be content with the simple things.

The president of the club Rtr. Kushan Yapa addressed the gathering and emphasized on the fact that what we had for them in those boxes, although small in value, would someday be invaluable to them depending on the choices they made in their life. He also went on to state that there was no such thing as haves and have not’s, although society would seem to think so. Regardless of what we lacked in life, should we chose to make this an excuse we would fail. He stressed on the value of education and how each and every student in that hall could be anyone they wanted to be, should they chose to work towards it. The students listed intently with smiles on their faces as he spoke on, and when the moment came for the distribution of the little gifts inside the boxes, the happiness in the air could be felt even to the weariest of souls. The students lined up eagerly and gratefully accepted the neatly wrapped bundle of exercise books we handed out to them.
The next part of the day was to focus on the students of the school sitting for the Ordinary Level Examination. They were handed out past papers and a seminar was conducted in order to help them with their exam which was only a month away. The students treated us as equals, addressing us as “akki” and “ayya” which created a sense of comrade amongst us all.

The project Sisu Saviya, unlike any other project done by the Club, helped us rather than it helped those we intended to help. Rotaract has thought me to never be surprised by the lessons one could learn from those we so wrongly fully call the “less privileged.” I often find myself wondering as to what privilege really means. Is it having everything one could want? Or is it having nothing and feeling no want? We often lose the small joys in life, the little contentment’s, in the hope of bigger happiness.

Consider once again a scenario in which you had to long for a pair of shoes to wear to school, or a book in which to write your school notes….

International Food Festival – A celebration for the soul.

For the many of us who live glued to computer keyboards at work, TV monitors at home, and mobile phones, food may be more than entertainment. It may be the only sensual experience left. Food is our common ground, a universal experience.
The “International Food Festival,” an International Understanding Project organized by the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University held on the 01st of October 2016 at the University premises in Ratmalana was indeed a celebration for the soul.
Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture. With this in mind, the Club was able to provide an array of cuisines ranging from the Maldives, India, Bhutan, Rwanda, the Middle East, Nepal, Africa, Belgium, as well as Western dishes cooked up by our very own university students, both foreign and local, for the second consecutive year, celebrating cultures from around the world!
The event was open to the parents, family and friends of all university students, who were eager to yet again experience what the budding chefs of the University had to offer, ranging from Medical students to Law students and Engineers, who cooked their hats off from 9am till 5pm, satisfying the bellies of over 500 people! Each stall representing the mentioned countries offered a spread of dishes which represented the culture of their countries, cooked on the spot by the students, who were dressed in their respective national outfits creating a truly spectacular ambiance and spreading the festive mood. Passers-by watched in awe as students expertly placed dishes and beverages before them that looked mouth-watering and tasted divine, awakening the pallet and introducing new flavours and fragrances that most happy customers have never before seen or tasted in Sri Lanka!
The Rotaractors too put up their very own stall, selling Virgin Mojitos and Ice creams and Milk shakes to passers-by. The members could be seen squeezing lemons and pounding mint leaves to cater to the customers who were eager to quench their thirst with a fresh beverage while little children, not to forget adults, waited in line to get their hands on an icy cold milkshake topped with sprinkles and nuts. It was indeed a successful celebration of Cultures and food for the soul!
Stay tuned for the next Annual International Food Festival organized by the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, and watch us cook up something spectacular (Pun intended!)

Inspiring young minds.

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”

For us KDU Rotaractors, it’s not only charity that matters to make our badge of Rotaract worthwhile for we believe that guiding the young minds into doing what’s right and what they love is also a valuable service.
Bearing this thought, the Rotaract Club of KDU, joining hands with SL2College organized a Career Guidance Seminar for the Undergraduates of the Faculty of Management in order to uproot our primary objective of guidance within our KDU community.

SL2College is an educational non-profit organization endorsed by the Ministry of Education, established with the objective to “help Sri Lankan students with their higher education goals by providing information and guidance as necessary”. SL2College comprises a well-educated set of volunteers as its member team who have the expertise of conducting informational seminars at local universities and schools across Sri Lanka.

SL2College team provides guidance on professional and vocational qualifications required to excel in the intended career paths of undergraduates. RCKDU coordinated with SL2College member Saiyaff Farouk in organizing the seminar.
The seminar took place on the 21st of September from 2.45pm to 5.30 pm at the Main Auditorium of KDU. As planned the seminar consisted of four presentations done by four speakers of SL2College.

The first speaker, Isuru Senadheera is a Tech lead at 99X technology who graduated from The University of Moratuwa and was also a Past District President at Leo Club 306A2. His presentation was on “Resume Building and Social Media Presence”. His presentation was quite informative in a way that the audience was able to learn a lot of minute but important details about preparing a resume for a job interview. He spoke about the vital elements that should be included in a resume. He emphasized on the dos and don’ts that should be followed in preparing a resume for a job interview. When speaking about social media presence he pointed out the importance of maintaining proper social media accounts like LinkedIn, Facebook in a way that they would portrait your skills and achievements.

Shafraz Rahim, administrative director at SL2College and Senior Executive for product and services innovation at Dialog Axiata PLC, was the second speaker for the session. His presentation was on “Presentation and Interview Skills”. It was a quite interesting and had active participation of the audience. In a nutshell, he spoke of five vital characteristics that a good presenter should have and his demonstrations grabbed the attention of the audience thus proving himself to be an amazing presenter.

Next was a presentation on “Higher education opportunities and industry expectations” done by Erandi Thanippuliarachchi, a graduate from the Faculty of Law at University of Colombo who is currently working at the Ministry of Justice as an Intern. Her presentation mainly focused on the current job opportunities related to the field of management and what the young undergrads should achieve in order to face the competitive job world. She also mentioned specifically on choosing the correct and suitable career path, and doing what you are most passionate about.

The final presentation was done by Yasas Sri Wickramasinghe , a graduate of University of Moratuwa and a former Software Engineer Intern at 99X Technology. His presentation mainly focused on the introduction of the SL2College and how it has influenced him to succeed in his life. His speech was a great motivation for the audience full of undergraduates who were filled with hopes to follow their dream career path.

All of these presentations and speeches done by the SL2College was immensely beneficial for the undergraduates who participated. It is safe to say that they did learn a lot more about securing their career path and achieving what’s expected by the job market now a days and in the future.

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress but working hard for something we love is called passion. It was mutually understood that the guidance that these speakers gave, encouraged the undergrads to focus on their passions and achieve them through dedication.

As Rotaractors we hope that this project laid a successful initiative in inspiring the young minds and guiding them to excel in their career paths.

4th Installation Ceremony of Rotaract Club of KDU

Behind the scenes an anxious yet hopeful group of rotaractors anticipated the evening’s proceedings….
The Installation Ceremony of President Rtr. Kushan Yapa and his Board of Directors of the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University for the term 2016/17 was held on the 26th of September 2016 from 6.30 pm onwards at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Auditorium.
One month before the date, the Board to-be along with the club members of the Rotaract Club of KDU rushed around in haste, organizing and re organizing the schedule for the event which was merely two weeks away. Time truly was of the essence as the Club expected nothing but perfection on this most prestigious day in the Rotaract calendar of KDU; the 4th Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.
The theme for the club year 2016/17 was unanimously decided to be “Risk, Care, Dream, Achieve.” With just that in mind, there were speeches to be made, invitations to be sent out to external parties as well as decorations and the fellowship meal to be organized.
It seemed as though nothing would fall into place while behind the scenes an anxious yet hopeful group of rotaractors anticipated the evening’s proceedings…..
Registrations for the attendees of the installation began at 5.30 pm. There was much laughter and chatter outside the auditorium as fellow Rotaractors from many Rotaract Clubs around Sri Lanka mixed and mingled. A dance troupe comprising of the clubs very own members, along with the Sri Lanka Army Eastern Drum Troupe awaited the arrival of the dignitaries in much graceful glory. Upon the arrival of the personages, it seemed as though the moment had finally arrived.
The ceremony commenced with the lighting of the oil lamp by the dignitaries after which the installation was called to order by the Outgoing President Rtr. Kalana Jayantha, followed by the Flag Salutation, Rotaract Invocation, Four-Way Test and the Rotaract Song. The Chief Guest for the evening was the Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and one could see the pride in is yes and could hear the approval in his words as he addressed the gathering.
Project Co-Chairperson, Rtr. Ravishan Amerasinghe representing the project chairs, Rtr. Damin De Costa and Rtr. Omindu Lokuliyana, welcomed the gathering on behalf of the organizing committee.
The Secretary’s Report for the year 2015/16, delivered by Rtr Sadhika Jayasinghe, secretary for the Rotaract year 2015/16, brought about a sense of reminiscence amongst the club members both old and new, while pictures spoke a thousand words on the screen as the video footage of the report played on.
The outgoing president, Rtr. Kalana Jayantha addressed the gathering as he thanked his Board for a job well done and wished the best of luck to the incoming board.
Afterwards, the collaring of the Incoming President of the Rotaract Club of KDU for the year 2016/2017, Rtr. Kushan Yapa, took place, following an expressive introduction of the Incoming President given by Rtr. Maleesha Pasqual, the co-editor for the year 2016/2017.

The address by Rtr. Kushan Yapa, in a nutshell, spoke of how nothing could be achieved without taking risks. Every achievement being a result of somebody’s dream. And how through our dreams we achieve our goals and how goals are nurtured through caring, which highlighted further the theme selected for the year 2016/17.
Next on the agenda was the much awaited moment; the induction of the new Board. Each newly appointed Board member walked proudly onto stage and accepted their badge of duty.
The address by the District Rotaract Representative (DRR) Past President Rtr Mohamed Husni which was followed by the address by the District Rotaract Committee Chairperson (DRCC) Paul Harris Fellow Rtn. Sanjeewa Fernando shared with all attendees’ wisdom and words of encouragement or all future endeavors.

In order to break away from formalities, an entertainment item by the winners of the “Most Popular Award” at the Friends in Action Talent Competition 2016, “Hexatonic”, got the crowds tapping their feet and singing to the beats of a medley of well renowned songs.
The address by the Guest of Honor, PHF Rtn. Selvarajah Maherakanth, District Youth Service Chair, followed thereon.
While the formalities for the day drew to a close, and tokens of appreciation were handed out to pay tribute to the dignitaries for being present on this significant day, thereon opening the floor for felicitations from all the clubs present in the audience.
The secretary for the years 2016/ 2017 Rtr. Lekangi Perera delivered the Vote of thanks which was followed by the singing of the National Anthem, bringing to close the installation.
The night however was still young for us young Rotaractors. Needless to say, the next most anticipated affair for the night was the Refreshments and Fellowship dinner. The Rooftop dinner organized for all attendees with food and drink was enjoyed the most by the newly elected Board, as they finally relaxed and sat own to have a meal, having successfully carried out the Installation Ceremony which had now come to an end.
It was however only the beginning.
As the well renowned rapper Tupac Shakur once said happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
And to quote the words of Rtr. Kushan Yapa, “let us all RISK more than others think it’s safe, CARE more than others think it’s wise, DREAM more than others think its practical and ACHIEVE more than others think it’s possible!”

Dignitaries present at the 4th Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.

• Chief Guest -Rear Admiral JJ Ranasinghe, Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
• Guest of Honor– PHF Rtn. Selvarajah Maherakanth, District Youth Services Chair
• Deputy Vice Chancellor of the university – Major General Ruwan Kulathunga
• Dean faculty of graduate studies Brigadier RGU Rajapaksha
• Dean Faculty of Defence and strategic Studies Colonel WTWG Ihalage
• District Rotaract Committee Chairperson PHF Rtn. Sanjeewa Fernando
• President of the Rotary Club of Millennium city PHF Rtn. Dayanki Chadrasekara
• District Rotaract Represntative PP Rtr Mohamed Husni
• Immediate Past District Rotaract Represntative PP Rtr. Sathiyeandra T’singham
• District Rotaract Represntative elect PP Rtr. Anuradha Senanayake
• Officer in charge of RCKDU Lt. Commander DMS Jayathilake
• Outgoing president – Rtr. Kalana Jayantha
• Outgoing Secretary- Rtr Sadhika Jayasinghe
• Incoming president – Rtr. Kushan Yapa
• Incoming Secretary- Rtr Lekangi Perera
• Project chairperson Rtr Ravishan Amerasinghe on behalf of the co- project chairperson Rtr. Damin De Costa and Rtr Officer Cadet Omindu Lokuliyana

List of Board members of the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University 2016/17
President – Rtr.Kushan Yapa
Secretary – Rtr.Lekangi Perera

Vice Presidents
Rtr.Ravishan Amerasinghe
Rtr.Damin de costa
Rtr.Omindu Lokuliyana

Asst. Secretary
Rtr.Kavindya Arachchi

Co Editors
Rtr.Maleesha Pasqual
Rtr.Shenelle Perera

Rtr.Glen Perera
Sergeant at arms

Community Service
Rtr.Chayangi Kannangara
Rtr.Madree Perumunugama
Club Service
Rtr.Renzie Thajudeen
Rtr.Ranishka Ratnasekara

Rtr.Nipuna Illangamage
Rtr.Nathasha Pathirana

International Understanding
Rtr.Tharani Mayadunne
Rtr.Salinda Samarakoon

Rtr.Pruthuvi Perera

Professional Development
Rtr.Ravindu Jayakody
Rtr.Hasani Gunesekara

Public Relations
Rtr.Sammani Dunuwila
Rtr.Vibodha Rathnayake

Membership Development
Rtr.Thyaga Gunasekara
Rtr.Hasintha Shashiranga