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The gift of blood is a gift to someone’s life

“Suwa Arana 22.2” blood donation camp, organized by Rotaract Alumni Mora, was successfully held on the 19th November 2022 at Sri Wijayarama Viharaya, Piliyandala premises in collaboration with Siri Wangeesa Dhamma School.

The objective of this humanitarian act was to fulfill the urgent blood requirement in the country. In the initial stage of the project, we were requested by the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) regarding the requirement of conducting the blood donation camp. Once we got the approval we started with finalizing the venue and fulfillment of other requirements including ventilation followed by requesting space arrangement and refreshments.

Parallelly the club members started the PR campaign through flyers to inform the general public about the project. The flyers were designed to precisely inform the details of the project so there would be maximum participation from many blood donors. The main poster campaign was guided by Ven. Kadurupokune Dhammaloka Thero and the villagers 4 days before the donation day. The countdown flyers were started 5 days before the fixed date through social media campaigns to raise awareness among the general public, club members, volunteers and donors. The donors were mainly informed by sending direct messages including a short notice regarding the blood donation camp to get involved with the process.

To make the general public know of the successful donors and donations, the club prepared an informative poster flyer including the requirements to fulfill as a successful blood donor to maximize the successful donation rate during the blood donation camp.

Before the donation day the club members, volunteers and villagers participated in the location clean-ups and the set-up arrangements. The donation day final set-up was done by the Blood bank members according to the requirements.

Officially the donation camp was started with the rituals dedicated towards Lord Buddha which was carried out by the Kadurupokune Dhammaloka Thero. The participation for the donation was registered by the club members and involvement of the Siri Wangeesa Dhamma School students. All the refreshments were given by the Temple and the involvement of the villagers.

Throughout the donation camp all the club members, volunteers, villagers, teachers and students were engaged with the event by providing immense support to carry out the donation process in a smooth manner. Finally, the club was able to successfully conclude the donation camp by around 4.00 p.m.

“Thank you for joining with us and being “O” positive!”

The Suwa Arana 22.2 blood donation campaign ended up being a huge success and was able to have 103 successful donations from 140+ registrations with the help of the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS). It was such a splendid event which created a path to showcase the shining human qualities of our community and the people.

We should extend our special thanks to Kadurupokune Dhammaloka Thero, teachers, parents and students of Siri Wangeesa Dhamma School for their immense support to have a successful blood donation campaign. Moreover, the service of the medical staff of the NBTS and the Blood Bank also needs to be mentioned admirably.

Finally, we want to especially appreciate the selfless endeavors of all the blood donors who participated in the camp and who were the main individuals that made this project successfully conclude. Their gift of life is a worthy commitment to maintaining the national blood reserves. As the chairperson of this beautiful project, I would finally like to Thank all the Donors, Club members, Volunteers, collaborated parties and everyone involved in this project for their invaluable support of this noble endeavor.

As Rotaractors, we are motivated to carry on serving as coordinators for this deserving cause of preserving lives through voluntarily giving blood.

Article written by,
Rtr.Danushi Suriyarachchi

Edited by,
Co- Editor : Rtr.Jayami Alwis

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An Act of Kindness – Kindred Kidneys

Among the numerous projects that have been initiated so far, Kindred Kidneys has the honor of being an outstanding project the club has been working on for a few years. Kindred Kidneys which is a massive cause in the community service arena, has many phases throughout the project that allow us to work and extend more on our work aimed at supporting the kidney patients being our main targeted community to start this cause. Let’s learn more on the project we have been working on so far.

Among their phases, Kindred Kidneys (KK) donation phase was targeted at facilitating the essential needs of Chronic Kidney Disease(CKD) patients. This included financial support rendered to Sri Lanka Kidney Patients’ Association (SLKPA) to get medicinal drugs and conduct medical tests for Kidney patients. The project was conducted upon a request by SLKPA to support the medication of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and support Dialysis treatment of Kidney patients during these economically unstable situations in the country.

As per the information given by Sri Lanka Kidney Patients’ Association (SLKPA) weekly cost for dialysis which is born up through the Hemodialysis project which supports the dialysis treatments of CKD patients amounts to LKR 82,376.00 per 20 patients and the annual cost was estimated to be LKR 3 954,048.00. These costs were essentially covered by SLKPA through the fundraising campaigns conducted by the organization. However, with the COVID -19 pandemic breakdown and the existing economic concerns the funding for these treatments and patients’ supportive activities faced challenges such as repercussions of fewer stocks in medical drugs and increased prices of drugs leading to an increase in the deaths of CKD patients with the hardships that these families have faced. Thus, as per the requirements gathered by the SLKPA the Kindred Kidneys Donation Phase was conducted to provide funds for these requirements. Thus fundraising activities were planned via an effective public awareness campaign conducted via official social media pages including Facebook and Instagram and via Go Fund Me fundraisers which were initiated by members of Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa. The total contribution to the funds of SLKPA from the Kindred Kidneys Donation Phase was 233,732.00 which marks a successful milestone in the project.

While Kindred Kidneys have been recognized as a signature community service initiative by the club for many years, the year 2022-2023 marks the fourth consecutive year of the project conducted with numerous sub projects that were expanded to an even wider scope than the previous phases of the project. The project consist of many sub projects namely;

1. Kindred Kidneys Scholarship Program (‘Kindred Kidneys Shishyadara’)

 2. Kindred Kidneys “Wakugaduwa” news paper

 3. Suwa – Sawi Donation Phase

 4. Kindred Kidneys Donation of Portable Reverse Osmosis (RO) Plant

1.     Kindred Kidneys Scholarship Program (Kindred Kidneys Shishyadara)

Kindred Kidneys Scholarship Program which is conducted for the third consecutive time from its initiation in the year 2022-23 is a scholarship program which is aimed at supporting the education of the students who come from families affected by Chronic Kidney Disease. The Kindred Kidneys scholarship program was established in order to provide a more sustainable solution for the financial issues faced by the families affected by Chronic Kidney Disease. The cost of diagnosis of CKD which has to be beared up by the families with such patients is often unabsorbable by families and any support which is extended toward these affected families would be highly valuable in order to overcome the effects of CKD which are not directly influenced in curing the disease but for the better survival of the patients and their family members especially children.

The criteria for the selection of scholarship awardees were selected from families that had members affected by CKD or deceased by CKD and faced financial instability for continuing their education.

2. Kindred Kidneys “Wakugaduwa” news paper

This is a newspaper selling program conducted by the Rotaract Club of Alumni of the University of Moratuwa together with SLKPA in making the community aware on CKD and related factors. 

3. Suwa – Sawi Donation Phase

Kindred Kidney’s donation phase was targeted at facilitating the essential needs of CKD patients. This included financial support rendered to Sri Lanka Kidney Patients’ Association (SLKPA) to get medicinal drugs and conduct medical tests for Kidney patients. The project was conducted upon a request by SLKPA to support the medication of CKD and support Dialysis treatment of Kidney patients during these economically unstable situations in the country.

4.     Kindred Kidneys Donation of Portable RO Plant

Donating a portable RO plant is happening this year as well in an organized manner that will be of greatest importance to the community.   

When it comes to the objectives of the project have main objectives. Among them are Supporting patients diagnosed with CKD and assisting their families to have a stable lifestyle, Supporting the organizations that are involved in the eradication of CKD and providing sustainable mechanisms for supporting education of students whose families are affected due to CKD. Accordingly, the goals we aimed at working on namely, good health and well-being, increasing health financing and supporting the health workforce in developing countries, and achieving universal health coverage and Rotary Areas of Focus including Disease Prevention and Treatment and Other focus Areas have been considered while working on this project.

Hence, we have been able to see our objectives being successful and the benefits of working on such a cause.

As a fruitful result for the efforts we have put towards making the community better, the club received many awards including the Award for the Most Outstanding Initiative in line with the Rotary Focus Area Disease Prevention and Treatment for Kindred Kidneys.

In my opinion, the aim of the Kindred Kidneys project this year is to give our maximum contribution and support to our selected area. There is a small innocent hope in the bottom of our hearts, to give a little smile and hope to the kidney-diseased people in that area. Not only that, we hope to give a long-term solution to that area, when giving a RO plant. And also we wish to help some students in that area with their academics when giving scholarships.

 We strongly believe that we can achieve our target successfully and to help them in every way possible to support them towards leading a healthy and a better life. We also invite our dear readers to join us and help us find funds for this good cause to help make the community better.

Written by
Rtr. Dinithi Fernando

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No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it

Rotaract Alumni Mora is one of the clubs that has brought glory to not just our country and Rotaract District 3220, but to Rotaract movement as a whole and their 10th Installation Ceremony was held on the 20th of August at the Royal Skills Center, Colombo. As our country is currently going through a tough time, not everyone had the privilege to be physically present in the event.  Yet, they were allowed to be virtually present via online platforms and join the ceremony as they officially took over the responsibility to begin a new chapter in their Rotaract journey.

The ceremony officially commenced with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp after which Rtr. Iroshan Vidanage called the house to order once the dignitaries took their respective seats at the head table. This was followed by the conventional formalities; Rotaract pledge, Invocation, Four-Way test, flag salutation, and Rotaract Song.

Then the gathering was warmly welcomed by the co-chairperson of the installation ceremony, Rtr. Manul Thenuka with a mesmerizing speech.

His speech was followed by the Secretary’s report for RI year 2021/22 that was read out by the outgoing secretary Rtr. Sithmi Lawanga who was also recognized as one of the “Most Outstanding Secretaries” at the 32nd Rotaract District Assembly Awards added significant value to our club. It was revealed that 38 projects had been executed throughout the past year while making sure that the boundaries were re-defined, significant milestones were reached and the legacy was continued in all its glory with a 120+  membership base. A video capturing the essence of their 10 years of service was made to witness during the event reminiscing about their pride and legacy making journey so far.

The Outgoing President, Rtr.Kavinda Senarathne was then given an introduction by Rtr. Hasitha Prashan from whom we learned that his impactful journey of Rotaract started with Rotaract Mora which was admired by many. Rtr. Kavinda Senarathne did his speech followed by his introduction where he took everyone’s attention throughout his speech.

In Rtr. Kavinda’s address to the gathering as the President of Rotaract Alumni Mora for one last time, he mentioned that the club’s journey in the past year was not a roller-coaster ride like how many people claimed it to be since his Board of Directors and Executive Committee Members were true leaders who always ensured that everything happened smoothly even with the situations like Covid 19 and lockdown period. After extending his gratitude to everyone who made the club’s journey of excellence a reality, he concluded the speech in a remarkable manner and he was awarded with a token of appreciation and a special memento for his utmost dedication as the past President in the club.

Later, a mindblowing introduction was given by  Rtr. Charith Rajitha about the incoming President, Rtr. Ayesh Weerasinghe which made the highlight of the event and Rtr.Charith went on to shed light on Rtr.Ayesh’s qualities and “extraordinary skills”’ which helped him come a long way as a Rotaractor. This interesting introduction ended with an astounding introductory video of him.

The most anticipated moment of the day for Rotaract Alumni Mora, Rtr. Ayesh Weerasinghe was then officially collared as the 10th President of the Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa by the outgoing president Rtr. Kavinda Senarathne, where he was cheered on by the significant crowd that was present to witness the event. During his address at the gathering as the president of the club for the first time, Rtr. Ayesh mentioned that it felt surreal to be standing where he was at that point in time as the newly inducted President of Rotaract Alumni Mora and made sure he thanked all the parties who were there with him through thick and thin in his journey in Rotaract. 

After the speech, an introduction to the Board of Directors for 2022/23 was given with the Board Directors gathering in front of the audience to acknowledge their newly assigned positions.

Immediate Past PresidentRtr. Kavinda Senarathne
PresidentRtr. Ayesh Weerasinghe
SecretaryRtr.Lakshani Pathirage
Vice President – AdministrationRtr. Rahal Hettiarachchi
Vice President – Community Service & Environmental ServiceRtr.Sachitha Bandara
Vice President – Professional DevelopmentRtr.Ravikula Silva
Vice President – Club ServiceRtr. Malitha Gunawardhana
Vice President – International Service and UnderstandingRtr. Vinu Maddumage
TreasurerRtr. Shashika Udayanga
Co-Director – Community ServiceRtr.Sasindu Tennakoon
Co-Director – Community ServiceRtr.Gihara Wickramathunga
Co-Director – Environmental ServiceRtr.Deshan Chathuranga
Co-Director – Environmental ServiceRtr.Madurangi Guruge
Co-Director – Professional DevelopmentRtr.Akhila Seneviratne
Co-Director – Professional DevelopmentRtr.Dinithi Amarasinghe
Co-Director – Club ServiceRtr.Manul Thenuka
Co-Director – Club ServiceRtr. Nikith Fernando
Co-Director – International Service and UnderstandingRtr.Dewni Senevirathne
Co-Director – International Service and UnderstandingRtr.Dilina Kosgoda
Senior Director- Public RelationsRtr.Kavindu Nadeeshana
Co-Director – Public RelationsRtr.Tharusha Kelaniyage
Co-Director – Public RelationsRtr.Hasitha Nilupul
Co-EditorRtr.Jayami Alwis
Co-EditorRtr. Samadhi Gunawardane
Co-EditorRtr. Abirame Ganeshamoorthy
Director – Finance and partnershipRtr. Dilushi Rathnayake
Director – Membership DevelopmentRtr.Tharindu Priyankara
Co-Director – Information TechnologyRtr.Reshaka Weerasinghe
Co-Director – Information TechnologyRtr.Supuna Warusawithana
Director – SportsRtr.Madura Cooray
Director – Special ProjectsRtr.Prarthana Gamage
Assistant SecretaryRtr.Moksha Thisarani
Sergeant-at-armsRtr.Hiran Rajasuriya
The Board of Directors and Executive Committee for 2022/23

Afterwards, District Rotaract Representative for Rotaract year 2022/23, Rtn. Rtr. PP. Ahamed Hussain addressed the gathering which was a highlight in the event. During his speech, he stated that Rotaract Alumni Mora was more than just a club name and more of a brand and thus urged the club to share its beautiful experience with everyone else to learn from it.

During the latter half of the event Rtr. Jayami Alwis entertained the audience with familiar tunes through her solo performance and it was followed by the Chief Guest – Rtn. Kapila Mohotti by sharing a few words with the gathering. Following this, the Guest of Honor, Assistant District Rotaract Chair – Rtn. Shewantha Rodrigo shared his thoughts with the audience on many aspects related to the movement.

Later the distribution of tokens of appreciation to the dignitaries who graced the occasion was done by the club president Rtr. Ayesh Weerasinghe and the 10th Installation Ceremony of Rotaract Alumni Mora was terminated for fellowship and refreshments after the stage was being opened for felicitations, followed by the Vote of Thanks being delivered by the Secretary for 2022/23 – Rtr. Lakshani Pathirage. The event concluded successfully making it a new beginning to the club to continue their elegant work with their newly inducted Board of Directors.

Article written by,
Rtr.Nikith Fernando

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Live your passion & build your dreams

Back in the start of 2017 my question for “What is Rotaract?” was mostly answered with;

“Simply, it is a platform you can join to engage in community service like helping people”.

Walking five years forward I would say “It is a platform where you can build yourself and find your strong points as a confident youth while you follow your passion in any direction.”

Being a Rotaractor is not simply bound to its title, it is a place where one can learn teamwork, collaboration, leadership and if you want to develop or find your hidden talents its a place for that too.

My entrance to Rotaract journey was merely a combination of passion for community service and a finding of a hidden passion for writing during my university days. Within the 2.5 years of serving as a writer and an editor for Rotaract Club of University of Moratuwa there, I have met souls who were deeply driven by the service for others. There is no doubt that organizing projects, collaborating with your peer Rotaractors to showdown massive events in the university calendar and most of all helping out children who require various supports through number of projects that were executed during the time truly added some excitement to my university days.Seeing and engaging with dynamic teams who would give it all for the benefit of others and ones who come with different creativity levels to assist these initiatives were one of the greatest inspirations that I had to stay connected to this wonderful fraternity even after the university days.

All in all, in 2019 while I was able to start my journey as a Rotaractor at the Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa. Joining as a general member who again served as writer for the PR team of the club, I was part of this new yet a familiar family.

It is no secret that the years 2020-2021 are recorded as a blackhole in many of our timelines because of the global pandemic which held back most of our plans and restrained ourselves to our homes. Yet, I would say 2020 was a great year that opened doors for me to identify a set of young adults from all around the world and from different professional levels but had only one mission which is to give something good to their communities.

Stepping on to the role of Secretary for the year 2021-2022 during the last year was another feet forward and yet again a milestone in my Rotaract Journey.  They say “Teamwork makes the dream work”. Well last year was truly an evidence to that statement. A team with graduates, fresh graduates, final year students from all over the country all coming together to make brilliant plans to address issues that they see during their journey and ones that our communities encounter is a remarkable factor. Supporting their brilliant ideas so they see the light of the day and elevating them was truly something that I myself along with the team enjoyed during the last year. Not to say Rotaract was definitely a positive distraction to that every day routine we all had.

Looking back at the past year, it was a long journey that fell short because of all the hands we had together as a team. All the senior members including past presidents and secretaries were the guiding light to me and the whole team. From teaching histories to making us realize how we could take the next turn, they were the backbone to this wonderful family. The lead behind all these initiatives,  Rtr. Kavinda Senarathne, our Mr. President for the year 2021-22  was truly the best humble human being that a team could ask for as a leader and yet again a good friend who would keep all of the team together. The support given by all the fellow Rotaractors, Interactors and Rotarians and all the partners that held our hand last year was truly generous.

If I would say last year in just three words; it would be “Impactful, teamwork and fun”. After all life simply turns, but doing what you love with all your heart and yet again building yourself through it will keep you going in life. Rotaract is definitely a place where you could give that a try. Here’s to many more wonderful years! Viva la Rotaract!

~Rtr. Sithmi Lawanga

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“Embrace your hustle. Embrace the struggle. Chase the dream.”

Starting off with one of the favorite quotes in my life.

“Chasing dreams”, are not just two words, but a result of a struggle of many efforts and sacrifices. The depth of the sacrifice is known by only the person who does it. All thanks to Rotaract, I was fortunate enough to gain the courage and confidence to chase after my dreams no matter what.

Commencing my Rotaract journey back in 2016, I used to be that silent character who always wanted to be alone and free of responsibilities. That is how my story began, just like another story of an introverted person but with an unexpected change in mine.

I still wonder how that introverted child in me came to become the President of a Rotaract Club which was not an easy task. It was an interesting and challenging journey with many memories. Rtr. Hasitha Prashan is one of the main people who influenced my Rotaract journey as he is the individual who introduced Rotaract movement to me in 2016 making me join as a committee member for the project “Hand in Hand” organized by Rotaract Club of University of Moratuwa. I consider that as the beginning of stepping out of my comfort zone and entering a growth zone which made me find the passion to do more things within the movement.

I joined Rotaract Alumni Mora in 2019 as a Co-Director for Community Service and had incredible memories that built the motivation to do more in this movement with a bigger picture. According to Jay Shetty, “Failures are failures when we do not learn from them, when we learn from them they become lessons. Lessons become accomplishments someday if we keep our values consistent.” Finally, that is the actual beginning of mine with Rotaract Alumni Mora, where I chaired a project for the first time in Rotaract called “Kindred Kidneys” which also led to being one of the most significant projects focusing on Chronic Kidney Disease patients in Sri Lanka.

As a passionate Rotaractor, it is not just a set of projects but the beginning of a remarkable journey. That passion led me to fit the title of President of the Rotaract Alumni Mora making me realize my true potential. Accepting the presidency was also combined with a memorable story as it relates to my weekly social media usage. Even though I had to sacrifice more time for the movement by allocating half of the social media usage for Rotaract it was all worth it in the end. That is how time management comes into play when managing both a job and Rotaract.

Starting the RI year 2021-22 with a theme of “Empowering change to enrich lives”, I mainly wanted to build a positive impact in everyone’s life by making them perform beyond their comfort zone. So, I always gave my board members the freedom to live with Rotaract and enjoy the time in the movement without limiting it to another set of responsibilities they should be accountable for. That is how the passion in them grew which made it possible to face challenges by COVID, the economic crisis and many more to do wonders in the club. If at any point someone asks these questions as to “What’s the point of doing Rotaract?”, “Are you getting paid by doing Rotaract?” and “How do you perform in your job while doing Rotaract?”, the answers are always visible.

The main factor I focused on during my tenure was building the skillset of my members as we can both give and gain from Rotaract. The services being provided and gaining new skills are among the best entities we should focus on because it builds consistency in every Rotaractor. As a leader, I believe that a leader should be capable of taking action to perform in any stressful situation by maintaining the bond between team members. As a result of that, I expanded my skill set by learning event streaming, Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Canva, blogging, video editing and also the skill of being present in 5 meetings simultaneously.

In this adventurous journey, I admire and extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the members who became a teacher to me and the other members in the Rotaract journey. It can be considered as an investment to boost our career paths and make a passive income by freelancing to achieve personal development. 

The Board of members played a significant role by being exemplary leaders in the club. They helped each other in every avenue by not limiting their focus only to theirs. I am really happy to see members voluntarily engage without any internal agendas to achieve the goals of the club. Those are the values we can grab from a passionate Rotaractor becoming a great asset for the movement and for the community to make a great impact.

According to the Rotaract Motto “Fellowship Through Service” where fellowship occurs to be the other main reason to be in the movement. That is also the reason which made an introverted character like me step out to join life changing ventures. Joint General meetings and Joint projects are one of the best ways to develop fellowship with other clubs and their members as those would allow us to learn and have numerous experiences from others as well. Learning curves and experiences are independent of age, religion, or nationality as they are results of great humanity. Rotaract provides that opportunity to learn from others, respect other opinions and be inspired by others.

I am always grateful to my loving parents for allowing me to build the best version of myself by becoming a supportive hand in each aspect of my life. Their continuous support helps me work twenty-two hours per day sometimes even without feeling drained. Moreover, my humble gratitude goes to all my friends who helped me in numerous ways.

In this journey of Rotaract I met some amazing humble individuals. Among them, the individual who introduced me to Rotaract 6 years ago, Rtr. Hasitha Prashan is an important person who became an inspiring personality even from Grade 6. I should also mention Rtr. Anju Cheran, who helped me not only as an Immediate Past President, and a friend but also as a brother from another mother. Moreover the humble genius, Rtr. Himantha Alahakoon Ayya deserves my gratitude for being a great mentor for the past year and willing to share his knowledge anytime and anywhere possible and encouraging me in any situation to create a positive impact every time. Madam Secretary Rtr. Sithmi Lavanga, I could not ask for a better secretary and humble human being and I should thank you for all the support in planning and decision making you have done on behalf of me. I have huge respect for these important individuals who have made my Rotaract career more productive and enjoyable. Finally, I have to mention the Board of Officials and the general members of Rotaract Alumni Mora for all their immense support to make this journey successful with such a great bond and team spirit.

Finally, I could say that Rotaract is a combination of everything that would also come up with a better learning platform. It nurtures us to face any barrier in life and paves the path to becoming great human beings on Earth.

Viva La Rotaract!

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Little efforts to bring smiles to Kidney Patients

Kindred Kidney’s donation phase was targeted at facilitating of essential needs of CKD patients. This included financial support rendered to Sri Lanka KIdney Patients’ Association (SLKPA) to get medicinal drugs and conduct medical tests for Kidney patients. The project was conducted upon a request by SLKPA to support the medication of CKD and support Dialysis treatment of Kidney patients during these economically unstable situations in the country.


As per the information given by SLKPA weekly cost for dialysis which is born up through the Hemodialysis project which supports the dialysis treatments of CKD patients amounts to LKR 82,376.00 per 20 patients and the annual cost was estimated to be LKR 3 954,048.00. These costs were essentially covered by SLKPA through the fundraising campaigns conducted by the organisation.However, with the COVID -19 pandemic breakdown and the existing economic concerns the funding for these treatments and patients’ supportive activities faced challenges.

The increasing number of death tolls due to CKD  was also reported to increase with the hardships that these families faced with fewer stocks in medical drugs and increased prices of drugs which made  time a more crucial factor in this challenging situation. Thus as per the requirements gathered by the SLKPA the Kindred Kidneys Donation Phase was conducted to provide funds for these requirements. Thus fundraising activities were planned via an effective public awareness campaign conducted via official social media pages including Facebook and Instagram and via Go Fund Me fundraisers which were initiated by members of Rotaract Club of ALumni of University of Moratuwa. The total contribution to the funds of SLKPA from the KIndred Kidneys Donation Phase was 233,732.00.

This was acknowledged by the SLKPA for the support rendered throughout the year for assisting CKD  patients in Sri Lanka.

Penned By: Rtr. Kavinda Senarathne

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Stronger Together

The war in Ukraine had a devastating impact on the country’s people. People have been forced to move out of their homes and even out of their country to find aid as refugees in neighboring countries. Romania being a country sharing the southern border of Ukraine has had thousands of such refugees coming in each day during the past few months.


In addition to this there are Ukrainian who are unable to leave Ukraine as refugees due to regulations that have been set. Considering the unfortunate situation faced by Ukrainians due to this war we as Rotaractors of Rotaract club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (RID 3220) together with Rotaract club of T.E.A.M Baia Mare, Romania
(RID 2241) brings “Stronger Together”, a fundraising campaign to send materials such as blankets and disposable tableware that are required help support the refugees in Romania.

Happy reading!

Penned By: Rtr. Vinu Madduamage

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SpeakUp – Platform for Public Speaking

This project was to give an opportunity for the club members to do to enhance their public speaking skills by doing speeches or presentations on specific topics during monthly meetings. This was also conducted during joint meetings and in all the proceedings, this was followed a a first item on the agenda. The audience on Zoom ranged from 30 to 50.participants online.

As many as 12 speakers had the opportunity to be a speaker during the session as this was held in the monthly meetings. Speakers spoke for a range of 5 to 15 minutes on topics that are personal to them in their Rotaract journey or other educational topics such as leadership, climate action, covid prevention, etc. As this was happening on a cycle, members had an idea to speak up on diverse topics and therefore, were able to make it an educational session for the other participants while also giving the chance to the speaker to express their ideas in a way of improving their public speaking. Additionally, a summarised post on tips to improve public speaking was shared on Facebook, in the month of May. Overall, the project was successful in building confidence in speakers to continue this project which a new speaker every week and creating a friendly environment to speak up on what they are passionate about.

Happy reading!

Penned By: Rtr. Akhila Senevirathne

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Stats on the Pandemic

𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐜 is an initiative by Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa highlight some quantitative data of various countries related to the pandemic in reminiscence of the journey that we have gone through together during the pandemic.

Which economies are most vulnerable to covid-19's long-term effects? | The  Economist

COVID 19, first identified in Wuhan, China, and the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on the 11th of March 2020. It has been more than 2 years since then and a lot has happened. With more than 500 millions COVID-19 cases and 6 million plus deaths reported throughout the world, people have struggled to carry on their lives while adjusting to a new norm.

With countless awareness sessions, social distancing, moving to virtual platforms, a number of COVID-19 waves, on and off lockdowns, a variety of variants of the virus, economic downturns, discovery of vaccines and the process of immunization, people have come a long way to where they are right now.

Happy reading!

Penned By: Rtr. Geethika Sandamali

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DIYer – Become a Handyman

DIYer is a novel initiative by Rotaract CLub of Alumni of University of Moratuwa in the avenue of professional development which was aimed to address skills development which is essential on an individual level going by the concept Do It Yourself (DIY). Going beyond a skill development program the project focussed to improve awareness on basic handyman skills  and develop skills and share knowhow on areas which benefit even the entrepreneurial venture development. The areas covered under this project ranged from skills that will help you at home in fixing, and tweaking household activities to tips and tricks to plan your dream wedding to skills that will lead to entrepreneurial ventures by your own self. The project was carried out under three sub-projects over a period of three months via online platforms. The audience covered youth seeking entrepreneurial opportunities, the general public especially youth who showed interest in developing much-needed basic skills for day to day fixes and youth interested in getting the know-how on event planning and event management.

  1. DIYPlumber – Say no to water leaks 

DIYPlumber was a session which focussed on sharing knowledge on basic plumbing skills with practical demonstrations. The event was held on the 14th of March 2022 from 6.00p.m onwards via the Zoom platform and Facebook live. The session was conducted by Mr. Sarath Vithanage, a trainer from National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) based on a course Basic Plumbing offered by the organisation. The session comprised a practical demonstration conducted live on the session which enabled the audience to get a clear understanding of the steps followed. The session covered areas such as how to manage a water leak, and the selection of necessary tools and materials which fixes for different types of applications. Since the session covered one of the basic skills required by any individual the audience comprised many youths who showed interest in the subject

  1. En Vogue – Be your own Fashionista

This project is about awareness sessions on fabric making techniques. The project included four sessions which were conducted over Zoom platform as below. 

  1. 11 th of May – Session on skills related to Crochet conducted by Mrs.Ganga Rathnayaka from National Crafts Council, 12 th of May – Session on skills related to Beeralu Lace conducted by Mrs. Stella Edirisinghe from  National Crafts Council
  2. 19 th of May – Session on skills related to Patch Work conducted by Mrs. Fathima Zhaeema, an instructor at School of Hobby Craft  
  3. 20 th of May –  Session on skills related to Paper Piecing conducted by Mrs. Fathima Zhaeema, an instructor at School of Hobby Craft  

Attendees comprised undergraduates from the Department of Textile and Clothing Engineering, University of Moratuwa and audience also comprised non-Rotaracters who were interested in fashion. Sessions were started by 7.00 pm via zoom and Facebook live was broadcasted. Sessions were around 45-60 min time duration. The sessions were conducted by three resource persons from the National Crafts Council (NCC) and School of Hobby Craft  established by a proficient in the field Ms. Daisy Wittachchi. The sessions comprised two sections where the resource persons demonstrate the technique featured in each session and the Q&A session which allowed any participant to clarify any doubt that existed with the subject matter. After each session, who these techniques can be used as a method of income and what are the institutions that give further training were mentioned. This enabled the participants who were in the field of fashion designing to get an understanding of how these techniques could be brought on to a commercial level and what organisations’ assistance could be obtained in the process. 

  1. Wedding Bells

Wedding Bells, the final showdown of the series of projects under DIYer was a session on wedding planning and event management aspects organised by Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa with the partnership with The Bottom Line Events & Wedding Planners as the knowledge partner fo the session. The session was held on 27th May 2022 via Zoom from 6.30 p.m onwards with the participation of many Rotaractors and non ROtaractors. The session covered many areas which are of value when organising a wedding for the youth such as;

  • Event planning 
  • Financial management 
  • Emergency situation handling 
  • Florists & designers selection  
  • Venue selection

The session was conducted by Ms. Yolande Gunawijeya, Managing Director of The Bottom Line Events & Wedding Planners.

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Penned by : Rtr. Moksha Thisarani