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We all have ‘days’ which make us feel special, loved & cared for, at least on our yearly ‘Birthdays’ we are the centre of our small world. The surprises, gifts & wishes we receive on that day remind us how thankful our family & friends are, for being born among them. But showing how thankful & joyful we are for being born is the true Rotaract-way of living. Hence, Rotaractors from Alumni Mora brought forth the idea of sharing these surprises, gifts & wishes with those who deserve to feel extra special & dearly loved, while giving birth to a series of ‘Share the joy’ days.

To host the third Share the Joy day, the Rotaractors from Faculty of Law, University of Colombo joined hands with us. Adding a new meaning for our usual ‘Birthdays’, Birthday-owners of January, February, & March donated their wish-funds to make some others’ wishes come true. With all the preparations in hand & anticipation in hearts, both club members stepped-in to share the joy with a bunch of glittering little stars living in Pilapitiya Childcare centre, on 24th February 2018.

The caregiving Sister who is in-charge of the Childcare centre firstly introduced us to the kids and invited us to bring the joy out our bags, loving them boundlessly. To kick-off the morning laziness and to close the gap between us, we started with our ice breaking game. Dividing all of us into two teams, running with a cup fitted to an inflated balloon, boosted the competition and energy while connecting us to their world. From that moment onwards, Rotaractors & kids, we were all same: passionately participated for the games, winning gifts, & performing our talents.

We all voluntarily shared a piece of us, the food we love to eat, what we like to do and so on. But it was surprising how these intelligent kids even picked the pet names we were labelled with which we had involuntarily given away. Reaching further into their worlds, the young Lawyers & Engineers inspired the kids when they talked about their future aspirations. They all dreamt of being well-respected citizens when they grow up such as Doctors, Sisters, Teachers, Policemen, Engineers, & Lawyers. We wished them and encouraged them with all our hearts.

As the event came to an end, gift packs, dry rations & other necessities were also donated to the Childcare centre. The joy, love, & laughter amalgamated as they played, danced, & sang with us. We, Rotaractors treasure the smile on the lips & the joy in the eyes of the kids when they saw the cupcakes & fancy little gifts, and remember how happy we were doing paper dance with them. In this way, ‘Share the Joy day’ truly lived up to its purpose, sharing the Joy among all of us.

By Rtr. Prabodha Chamarie

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