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

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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”