Journey Through Rotaract – Rtr. Mifrah Ismail

Introducing you the Charter President of RC UOC FMF Rtr. Mifrah Ismail, the pioneer of the great journey for FMF. Being a past Royalist and a graduate of our very own faculty, he has done a great deal to the club. Despite his busy schedule as a manager at Jaykay Marketing Services Pvt. Ltd., he came in to be the first interviewee of the “Journey Through Rotaract”. We as FMFers consider it as a great privilege to provide all of you, a glimpse of his journey as a Rotaractor. 

What made you join Rotaract?
Having been part of the Interact movement in school and experiencing the character development and social work opportunities it brought out was what made me join Rotaract.

How did Rotaract influence you to become the person you are today?
The initial experience in terms of organizing projects and leading people and teams helped me when I had to play similar roles in my career.

Rtr. Mifrah Ismail being presented the Charter Certificate of RC UOC FMF

As the charter President of RC UOC FMF, what prompted you to start a Rotaract Club for the faculty?
The driving purpose was to develop the soft skills of our community – the faculty students (as a University based club, the faculty students should be our primary focus). My main aim was to provide a space for faculty students to build confidence in speaking English and also to conduct a program along the lines of “Are you ready?” done by the Mora Uni Rotaract Club . We succeeded in the former, but failed in the latter. Rotaractors being self-starters usually have the drive to make things happen and I wanted to provide a larger section of students the same opportunity by joining Rotaract. We succeeded in the former, but failed in the latter.

Project ‘Speak Out’ conducted to improve the spoken English capabilities of the Undergraduates of the faculty
Charter Installation Ceremony of RC UOC FMF

As for your opinion how can Rotaract help an undergraduate to develop themselves?
It will provide many opportunities to develop one’s own character in terms of organizing projects, managing teams, opportunities for self-development through the professional development arm and the most-rewarding of all; opportunities to work with less-privileged elements of society and a bring a smile to their faces. It is also a fantastic forum for networking and building friendships with fellow Rotaractors which would come in handy in future.

What changes can a Rotaractor make in the society compared to an ordinary person?
From teaching someone to speak English to providing forums to learn income earnings skills, from building schools, providing educational material to conducting health camps, the opportunities for service is endless. What Rotaract provides is a forum of like-minded individuals with a passion to serve.

What is your most memorable or treasured experience being a Rotaractor?
The World Down Syndrome Day project is something I would not forget. It was amazing to see the kids on stage and the appreciation of the parents in having an opportunity of getting sound medical advice.

World Down Syndrome Day Project (KDF)

What do you think about the position of the club today?
The club is now functioning at a level far beyond my expectations. Each new committee has raised the bar and the club’s standing in the Rotaract fraternity is testament to the heights it has reached. Kudos to everyone who has been a part of the club to-date.

What do you feel about your journey as a Rotaractor?
My journey as a Rotaractor was very brief but rewarding as I did not continue following uni. However, I must thank people like Abdul Wahid (PP of UoC Arts), Dilan Perera and Akila Chandrasekara (PP of UoC Science) and Rotarians Mohamed Adamaly and Pubudu of the Mid-Town Rotary who helped start the club at FMF.

The First Club Trip
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