Sunday, 20th May 2018… It was not a normal Sunday which I could sleep an extra hour to enjoy the warmth of bed. I had a quick breakfast and left my residence in Simei, eastern Singapore. I reached City Hall MRT station using the East-West line and transferred to North-South line with the intention of reaching Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. I had to wait for Ridwan at Dhoby Ghaut and once he arrived, together we proceeded for what was a historic landmark in the Rotaract Alumni Mora history.
In last March, a delegation from Rotaract Alumni Mora visited Singapore for an International Service project. Singaract was an International Service project, spanning across for five days during which ten members from Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa engaged in community service with Rotaractors from Singapore and experienced Singaporean Culture. The project consisted of three sub-projects titled ‘HPHP Carnival Day’, ‘Exploract’ and ‘友谊 (Yǒuyì)’. With the mutual friendship that was built after the project Yǒuyì, the Rotaract Clubs of Alumni of University of Moratuwa and Nanyang Technological University had decided to go an extra mile. They made a decision to sign a twin club agreement with each other!
We reached Coffee bean and Tealeaf at Plaza Singapura after a few minutes of walk. District Rotaract Representative of RID3310, Rtr. Rytha Lew was waiting for us. We greeted each other and waited for Rtr. Wen Sheng, who is the Vice-President of Rotaract Club of NTU. After his arrival, we joined our colleagues from Sri Lanka and Rtr. Jesse Raj (President of Rotaract Club of NTU) from India, who were witnessing the historic moment through Skype. Rtr. Rytha and Rtr. Wen signed the agreement amidst the warm applause from our contingent joining from overseas.
Then it was time for a brief chat on Rotaract and the differences in districts 3310 and 3220. The strength of membership, district events, the structure of the district and the election process of office bearers were some of the key subjects that were taken into discussion.
After an hour of discussion, we decided to part as the rain clouds were looming over the skies, telling us ‘it is the time to leave’. At the departure, it was our president Himantha’s words that came to my mind:
“When the concept of a service trip to Singapore was born in January 2018, we did not have a clue about what was on offer. But now the situation is different, where we have found a TWIN in the land of the Merlion. I sincerely hope that our friendship would strive to breach tougher boundaries. Let us work together to create a better world for the life on earth.”
By Rtr. Ishara Paranawithana