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

Treasurer
Rtr.Glen Perera
Sergeant at arms
Rtr.Hettiarachchi

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

Finance
Rtr.Nipuna Illangamage
Rtr.Nathasha Pathirana

International Understanding
Rtr.Tharani Mayadunne
Rtr.Salinda Samarakoon

IT
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

The best is yet to come.

A birthday is a time to reflect on a year gone by but it is more importantly a time, to set goals for the upcoming year.

On the 16th of September 2016, as we celebrated the 4th birthday of our beloved club in the usual goofy style which is only unique to us, we set up new goals for ourselves to conquer & made a game plan for success. Although age wise we may, still be considered young & somewhat inexperienced; we are anything but that, because it is not our age that defines our achievements but rather its the efforts we have put in that have paid off, proudly shown by & that will continue to be showing the growth of our club.

Serving the community is our primary endeavour but we also value the growth of our members as individuals. The ability & opportunities that present themselves to help in that growth, are more than abundant within the club. Helping these amazing, vibrant individuals grow, develop their skills & have new experiences that help them to view the world through a broad perspective, while hanging on to their morals & ethical codes, is something in our opinion, that will better prepare them to serve the community. As it is said, the significance of a man or woman is not what he or she attains but rather of what he or she longs to attain.

As the clichéd saying goes, ‘United we Stand, Divided we Fall’, this saying is in fact very applicable to our club. When it comes to achieving goals, we need the support of each other to reach these goals & not just that, goal crushing becomes so much more enjoyable when it is done with a bunch of close friends. Friends, who have in time become as close as family.

So as our fourth club installation draws nearer, just six days away, we plan to achieve greater heights & raise the KDU flag to new horizons with the help of our ever talented & hardworking executive committee members, uniquely skilled board members & not forgetting our ever expanding number of dedicated club members. We promise to achieve our set goals to the best of our abilities while helping our people and society grow stronger.

We here at KDU Rotaract believe, that whatever with the past has gone & the best is always yet to come. Happy Birthday to Us & may we dare to dream & take a risk to achieve the impossible!

Risk | Care | Dream | Achieve

The Rain

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.”

There are two ‘i’s’ in Fundraising – they stand for inspiration and innovation.Atleast that’s what The Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kothelawala Defence University believes.

At the mention of the word fundraiser, it’s acceptable to hear a gamut of excuses as to why it should not be done. Merely mention raising funds to support an entire village meet their daily water needs, and you might find yourself in a situation where it’s just your idea amidst an empty room.

But then again, Martin Luther King didn’t get up 50 years ago and say: “I have a budget and a plan!”

The rain water harvesting project proposal would have been just another dream, had not the overly enthusiastic group of young Rotaractors of The Rotaract Club of KDU taken it upon themselves to make the dream a reality by hook or by crook. And so began the countless hours of thinking, planning, organizing, rethinking, re planning, and reorganizing.
“Burn” Ideas kept pouring in as to what Burn would be. A fundraiser no doubt, but the unspoken question on everyone’s mind was “can we pull off a fundraiser that would raise the funds we need for the rain water harvesting project?”

The rainwater harvesting project is a project initiated to provide the filtering systems needed to pump potable water to the areas affected by the hard water crisis in Sri Lanka. It is a well believed fact that the intake of potable water free from harmful solutes can greatly minimize the risk of chronic kidney diseases in individuals of areas affected by the hard water crisis.

In order to get the clogs moving, we decided on piling up ideas given by our members, and then settling on the best option/options. Should it be a musical show? A floating lantern festival? A fitness program? A basketball tournament?
Being the over enthusiastic and over optimistic youngsters we are, we decided to aim the bar high, surpass our comfort zones, and just go with it by giving our all. It was no surprise therefore when we decided to combine a Zumba Fitness Session along with a floating lantern festival ending with an epic DJ after party.
And so on the 21st of August, “Burn-phase 2” unveiled to the public, at the Race Course Grounds Colombo 7. An early morning start on the day was inevitable. There was a stage to be fixed, lights to be put up, and decorations to be set up and so on.

The evening encounter that was planned began with the Zumba Fitness Session conducted by Dharshan, a well renowned and established Zumba Instructor in the country. Due to his professional expertise he was able to conduct the Zumba dance session not only to enhance the wellness of the participants but also in a manner that was extremely fun and definitely worth the sweat. His passionate performance of Zumba attracted not only those who had come ready to dance (sweat pants and all) but also the kids and our very own club members in the audience, who felt impatient and excited to join in on the groove!

As the evening passed on it was time to start the most awaited “floating lantern festival”. Our guest of honor, the gorgeous Stephanie Siriwardhana, Miss Sri Lanka 2011, launched the very first floating lantern of the evening, and the rest of the crowd followed. As such festivals in Sri Lanka are a rare encounter, the crowd was very enthusiastic to send off their floating lanterns; some with their loved ones with romance in the air and others with their children and families. It was quite obvious how amidst the doubtful and impatient atmosphere, faces lit up with relief and enjoyment on seeing the lanterns they set off float in the night sky in picturesque beauty.

“Burn-phase 2” came to an end with an epic after-party and carnival. The DJ music, food and the ambiance created the “perfect carnival” for everyone to enjoy their Sunday evening before the new week started.
The atmosphere was static as the day moved on and everything began falling into place. With over 300 participants both young and old, we knew we had met our mark and they all, unknowingly or knowingly became a part of a wonderful cause to help a population of kidney patients to access potable drinking water. All those late night organizing and planning sessions seemed more than worth it, because “Burn” was a success beyond our greatest hopes. Pictures speak a thousand words. See for yourself.

It always seems impossible until it’s done. We would know. We achieved what we thought was impossible.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water….

The more you look into health and health inequalities, you realize that a lot of it is not due to a particular disease – it’s really linked to underlying societal issues such as poverty, inequity, lack of access to safe drinking water and housing.

The purpose of life is not only to be happy, for it is also to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. This thought is what made the young Rotaractors of KDU understand that lending a helping hand to persons affected by hard water crisis of certain communities in the dry zone of Sri Lanka would be an immense aid to provide them with potable water for a healthier living condition.  It’s hard for most of us to imagine that clean, safe water is not something that can be taken for granted. And yet, there are those of us who would give anything they possess for a sip of clean drinking water.

It has become a well-known fact that one of the major causes of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology, shortly known as CKDu, is the continued intake of “hard water”. The dry zone of Sri Lanka is one of the key affected areas while the disease had been discovered in six out of the nine provinces of the country (Only the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces are free).

This disease condition leads to a gradual destruction of renal mass resulting in a complete kidney dysfunction which results in death. The disease consists of five stages out of which symptoms are only revealed in the third stage or after. A cure or a cause for the disease had not been discovered yet.

Hard water is usually defined as water, which contains a high concentration of calcium and magnesium ions. However, hardness can be caused by several other dissolved metals; those forms divalent or multivalent cations, including aluminum, barium, strontium, iron, zinc, and manganese. Consumption of “hard water” not only causes renal dysfunction as explained above but also considered to be a significant etiological factor around the globe causing many diseases such as cardiovascular problems, diabetes, reproductive failure and neural diseases.

The only promising options for an affected individual are a kidney transplant or a periodical dialysis.

In Sri Lanka due to the prevailing socio- economic issues pertaining to lack of awareness, lack of education resulting in insufficient knowledge on contributory bad health habits subsisting in their communities, economic hardships faced by the their families since the main mode of income of the people in the affected areas is agriculture have made it difficult for the diseased persons to get access to proper treatment.

According to the research facts published in the Presidential Task Force Website for CKDu, 2015, about 2000 annual deaths and about 20000 new admissions to hospitals are reported at Government hospitals every year. Another major issue that the persons affected by adverse effects of hard water consumption is that, kidney transplants or dialysis facilities are not readily available in these areas. Patients have to travel to Kandy or Colombo hospitals for transplants and a similar distance problem exists for dialysis, which has to be performed three times a week. But more than that, they are unable to bear even minor scale travelling expenses.

Although the quality of water to be provided to these areas should be improved, there lies a barrier in obtaining suitable potable water in these rural villages.

It was these facts altogether that made our Rotaractors to look into this issue of CKDu as one of the best areas to invest the potential they carry and thus set hands on a project to provide potable drinking water to affected individuals.

Currently implemented solutions in Sri Lanka to establish a supply of good quality drinking water as one of the most important interventions for controlling the disease, include

  • Setting up small R.O (Reverse Osmosis) plants,
  • Bowser supply of potable water,
  • Service extensions from existing pipe water supply schemes to certain areas and rain water harvesting in areas where bowser supply is uneconomical.

 

Accordingly, R.O plants have been set up in 3 district secretariats (DS) of Anuradhapura and one DS of PolonnaruwaBowser supply is also done in in areas like Kabithigollawa, Medirigiriya, Badulla, Monaragala and Dehiattakandiya.

However due to expensive technological mechanisms needed to install and maintain these R.O plants and also due to the discharge of the effluent water containing toxic elements filtered by R.O filtration process, out back into the ground water, R.O. plants are unsustainable within the current ecological and socio-economic context of dry zone farming communities.

Therefore our specific concern is to resort to the implementation of Rain Water Harvesting Plants which are more affordable and more suitable for the dry zone farming communities.

Rain water harvesting plants are advantageous in many ways over R.O plants that it can be used as a solution in seasonally drought stricken areas and rain water is substantially free of salinity and other salts as well as impurities where any traces of microbes or other dust particles are only found in the first flush, which is deliberately allowed to pass out in any rain water harvesting model and is cost effective.

 

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. Thus, the project “BURN” was set in motion in order to aid the persons affected by the hard water crisis in Mahiyanganaya area, by raising funds which will be utilized to implement Rain Water Harvesting Plants by installing storage tanks capable of holding 5000 liters which can supply a household consisting of 5 persons with potable water. (Approximately 20 liters of water per day for drinking and cooking purposes.)

The first phase of the project “BURN” was successfully completed. The Rotaract Club of KDU decided to take this project onto the next level and has come to present “BURN- Phase two” The Rotaractors of KDU are currently on the go with their fullest potential and enthusiasm to make a difference for the persons affected by the hard water crisis.

None of us want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand.We can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but we can do our bit together hand-in-hand.CKDu proposal FINAL (1)CKDu proposal FINAL 2

 

What makes Rotaract tick?

The millennial generation and the gen Z are going to be the game changers if they don’t do anything about what surrounds them and the society they live in, which will drastically affect the generations to come.  Research has shown that when many of those that belong to this group join a corporate or become employees, one of the main points they consider to be a priority is a good work life balance and a good sustainable business that’s making a change. While this gave birth to the green consumer it also made many want to be an agent of change, whether it be in their business community or society. In today’s day and age Rotaract becomes that much more relevant to those in the age groups ranging from 18-30. Rotaract has not only strategically placed itself as a builder of communities worldwide but it has also become a builder of the youth of society. Embedding strong and positive attitudes and behavior in to the lives of the youth has always been a priority at Rotaract. But of course, you already knew that.

When speaking of Rotaract, most people often than not think “charity” but as the age old saying goes “the more you give the more you get.” The Rotaract club of KDU is not just about giving to society through various project aimed at Social welfare. We take Rotaract to newer heights. From paving the way to allow our members to mix and mingle with people from not only our club but also from all Rotaract clubs around Sri Lanka, to team and personality building activities and events such as hiking, camping and simple things like fun games at the end of each weekly meeting. When we ask our new member the question as to why they want to join Rotaract the majority of them say ‘”because I love to help people who need help.” While this is the main focus of our club or any club of Rotaract for that matter, we believe in giving back to our members by helping them mold themselves into better, stronger more motivated, inspirited and driven individuals.

Seeing is believing. If you’re reading this article and wondering if any of this is true take a look for yourself and experience the true spirit of Rotaract at our next general meeting. Get in touch with any of our club members. It wouldn’t be too hard to find them. Keep an eye out for the most motivated, inspirited and driven individuals in and around KDU!!

Year end nostalgia!

It is one of those moments when the mundane saying ‘time flies’ actually makes sense. If you take a minute to take a quick look back at the pace of one year that lies right behind you, you will notice that you have changed, you have become more matured, become more confident, grown your social networks, grown taller or grown fatter 😛

So have we, as a club.

The Rotaract Club of KDU is about to complete its third year and altogether step into a brand new Rotaract Year with the rest of the fellow clubs. Looking back at the past Rotaract year, we have gained more experience, learnt and embraced the Rotaract culture, made new friends, ridden a few roller coaster rides, gathered more passionate souls and literally grown fatter.

Still belonging to the infant category in Rotaract, judging by how old our club is of course, it is with pride that we reminisce how we were able to bring new projects into being and improve our signature projects at the same time. This calls for a little nostalgic paragraph and here we go.

Ok so we started the year with the installation as usual and the accompanying kottu and hoppers dinner and loads and loads of photographs. Then we went to Galle for ‘Sisu Saviya’ book donation. It was truly an amazing trip and bet you still can remember the tickles of the fish therapy. Not to forget the coolest boat rides and the fascinating sundaes.

Then there was the time when we visited the zoo. The singing sessions we had with the kids at St. Anthony’s Children’s Home, Mount Lavinia. They were so good at it! We also did a project at the Welikada Prison with RC ANC and we hope everybody enjoyed it 🙂

A big throwback to the amazing project Kuda Oya and a big shout out to everybody who dared to take part in it. It was indeed a great pleasure to have been able to extend the opportunity to as many Rotaractors from fellow clubs as possible and we know that each and everybody who took part in it already have a separate folder in their minds with the memories of all the adventures they came across. The third successful time of holding Chronicles of Navam and parading through the procession for two nights was enjoyable too. Among other projects also lies BURN: the three on three we pulled off as first timers and which ended up as a major fundraiser of the club.

Emerging as unbeaten champions at RCL set up our spirits higher!

Amidst all the fun and frolic, it was exceptional how the members acted promptly during the flood period this year and collected aid for the affected. The Down Syndrome Day art competition turned out to be a huge success too 🙂

There were more projects that ended up quite successful and the above were only the highlights. It is with great happiness and satisfaction that we are getting ready to step into the brand new Rotaract year of 2016/17.

Meanwhile, the blog also turns one!  :’)

Fingers crossed for a happening year to come round the corner!

Article by Rtr. Thamalee Wijekoon

Outgoing Editress 🙂

Rotaract Club of KDU supports flood relief campaign

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” 

 

Culinary Journey through Asia

This was the key international understanding project of the year of our club. The members were taught how to make varieties of dishes as the proceedings of the project.
A team based cook off took place in relation to the project as well. The event proved to be an excellent experience to to those who knew how to cook and those who knew nothing at all too. The project was co- chaired by Rtr. Maleesha Paqual & Rtr. Shenelle Perera

RIBC & PINK take over three on three in style | BURN ’16

With the participation of over 160 players, the first phase of BURN ’16 concluded at the indoor basketball stadium of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University in the eve of 30th April 2016 with ‘RIBC‘ and ‘PINK‘ reaching the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The tournament which was of the THREE ON THREE nature carried on at normal pace at the initial knock outs but took an aggressive turn towards the semi finals and finals; where the real deal of the seven minute game made its debut for the day.

Knock – outs 

Out of 24 men’s teams J’pura Blues played against Colombo Bulls and RIBC  played against Ananda Kings Gold at the semi finals where J’pura Blues and RIBC scored winning hoops and got their path cleared for the finals.

In the women’s category,  Mavians won the semi final battle against the Old Paulians digging their way into the final dunk- encounter  while on the other side PINK emerged victorious over J’pura A , also qualifying for the finals.

 

Street dunk!  

That was where some stylish street basketball moves came into play. The final match in the men’s category took a competitive outlook where RIBC triumphed over J’pura Blues at a 16- 10 victory. The finals in women’s category was  taken over by PINK in a 11-8 nail biting victory against the Mavians. The guest of honour for the event, Director of Abans, Retd. Wing Commander, Pradeep Kannangara presented the awards for the winners of the men’s category while the awards for the female category winners were presented by the Rotaract Master-in-charge of Kotelawala Defence University, Lieutenant Commander BLC Gunawantha.

Winding up: Why BURN? 

The event concluded with friendly smiles spreading across everyone’s face, the teams congratulating the winners and posing for group photographs. After all, the sole aim of organizing BURN’16 was to raise funds for a pilot research project named ‘The Rain Drops Project’ of providing potable drinking water to persons of ‘Chronic Kidney Disease of Uncertain Origin’ affected area of Ginnoruwa, Girandurukotte jointly with ‘CERTKiD’ , the Centre for Education, Research and Training on Kidney Diseases of University of Peradeniya. The disease has aggrieved thousands of the dry zone farming community over decades and was also recognized as a global population health issue. The exact causative agent of the disease is still mysterious and so is the cure. But there is worldwide consensus among scientists that providing clean water for drinking and cooking can mitigate or prevent the disease. Thus as responsible citizens, it is up to us to support the viable solutions that are suggested by these authorities. Thus, we are more than happy to write a conclusive note about the first phase of the fundraiser, that we are now one step closer to accomplishing our target. Whether you took part, won, lost or even bought a patty at our refreshment stall, you have already become a part of this generous endeavour 🙂

We will see you soon again at the BURN phase 2- The Zumba -Dance fitness party to BURN more calories and fill our charity till.

 

Article by the editor