The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.Albert Einstein
We all have special days in our lives that we would like to celebrate with our close ones to share the joy. It may be a birthday, graduation day, wedding day or even the day you became a parent. No matter what, we all prefer to receive surprises, gifts and parties to remind the value of ourselves in our loved ones’ hearts.
What if we make someone happy on that special day and celebrate it with them? Or in other words, what if we become the sunshine in someone’s rainy day?
This was the thought that drove us towards having the series ‘Share the Joy’ as we, Rotaractors of Alumni of University of Moratuwa, perpetually attempt to make a difference in someone’s life. In other words, this is an opportunity to celebrate our birthdays by helping some innocent souls to gather beautiful memories in their lives and bring smiles on their innocent faces.
Service considers no barriers…
The current pandemic situation could not deter this meritorious endeavour that we do annually. As in previous years, we didn’t have the privilege to interact with children to share our joy and experience. Hence the team decided to organise this year’s Share the Joy with a different touch in its execution.
Thus, as the initial stage, we contacted several child protection centers to approach centers with requirements that are needed to be fulfilled. Accordingly, we chose Nutrition Centre for Infants – Sarvodaya Suwasetha Sewa Society, which is home to 25 babies under 3 years of age and provides them with medical care, clinical services and nutrition, to conduct Share the Joy 20.1.
We went to the place and discussed with them regarding the requirements of the infants. One of their main requirements was mattresses for the infants. This time we invited all the Rotaractors who celebrated their birthdays in July, August, September and October to be a part of this generous act. We emphasized to them the importance and speciality of this meritorious act as this was a different kind of a donation in Share the Joy history compared to previous phases.
A coming together of generous souls…
We managed to collect a significant monetary donation and other materialistic donations for this from the members for a worthy cause. Our plan was to buy 7 mattresses and buy Rexine covers for those mattresses considering the durability. We donated those 15 customized mattresses for babies on 18th of December at Sarvodaya Suwasetha Sewa Society Moratuwa.
Rotaract Alumni Mora expresses our sincere gratitude for all the members who helped us to make this phase a great success. We sincerely hope that we will receive the same earnest support from all generous souls for the future phases of this noble endeavour.
Written by Rtr. Kavinda Senarathne