Celebrating the successful mission of Rotary International of eradicating Polio from Sri Lanka and spreading awareness to not to let rise again, this year Rotary Sri Lanka organized the Rotary Intercity Meeting followed by a Polio Parade with Classic Cars and a Carnival on the 26th of October. The main theme of the event is “Keeping Sri Lanka Polio Free” partnering with the Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, and UNICEF.
The main focus of the event was to spread awareness to the general public. The Parade commenced from the Sri Lanka Foundation road, then passing racecourse grounds to Thummulla Junction, changing the direction from there towards Colombo campus, Nelum Pokuna and ending the walk at Green path next to Viharamahadevi park. The head of the parade was full of Classic Cars followed by the walkers. There was a massive number of participants consisting of Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and the general public. Many were wearing the official event T-shirt and holding club names and polio awareness signboards. ‘Papare bands’ in the middle helped to reduce the fatigue from walking.
Ending the parade began the carnival. At first sight after entering the green path, was a stage with a band followed by food stalls installed at both sides of the path selling varieties of food items.
Rotaract Club of Alumni University of Moratuwa had the pleasure of par ticipating in this wonderful cause. Holding hands with other clubs Alumni Mora celebrated the event with happy minds.
By: Rtr. Madara Polgampola