23 Oct Monthly Roundup – September
Live a little love a little
We at RACUOCFMF celebrated the children’s day on the 30th of September 2017 with a group of very special young women and children, who asked for nothing but love. Despite being the victims of rape: an unthinkable crime which would surely take away the light from anyone’s life, these souls welcomed us with such warmth, dressed with a radiant smile and twinkling eyes, that we saw no choice but to shower with love, the little hope they hold on to.
The few hours spent with them listening to their stories, the stories about how their lives were changed forever in a matter of minutes, surely changed the way we looked at life. In return, we nourished their hope with the hope that it would be just enough to help them “live a little and love a little”.
Dengue prevention program
The month of September started with us FMFers gathering to complete a part of our duty towards our own faculty. The members of the Rotaract Club of University of Colombo Faculty of Management and Finance gathered at the faculty premises on the 1st of September 2017 to clean the faculty premises and to make sure that all the possible dengue breeding grounds are being destroyed. Thus, taking our 1st step towards eradicating dengue: an epidemic which has taken away many of our loved ones. The members rightfully cleaned every nook and corner, all while having a little fun.
Share Care Smile
Being in line with the text book definition of International Services RACUOCFMF joined hands with more than 40 other Rotaract clubs spread across more than 20 districts and 5 countries to execute project Share Care Smile, a project initiated by the Rotaract Club of Hyderabad Himayath Nagar and was executed by all the clubs on the 21st of September 2017.
The project focused on collecting stationary items from students and distributing them among a set of less privileged students. To execute the project RACUOCFMF chose Vidyathilaka Vidyalaya – Colombo 05, a school situated in the heart of the country’s commercial capital. The warm smiles of the young students and their talents shown to us with so much pride filled the hearts of everyone who was present with love and joy.
R-Dosti was an event organized to promote international understanding, relations, peace and harmony. Under the project videos were made by all the clubs joining in for the project, on other projects done across all the avenues focusing on literacy in commemoration of the Literacy Day. The videos were then shared among the clubs. The project thus highlighted the efforts of each and every country and the Rotaract movement in improving literacy across the globe.
Mind your manners
Mind your manners is a professional development project organized by RACUOCFMF with the motive of helping everyone in the Faculty of Management and Finance build their own personal brand by equipping them with the refined social graces, confidence, etiquette knowledge and polished appearance necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals.
The project took place on the 7th of September 2017 at the faculty premises and was conducted by Faith Landers, Miss Sri Lanka – 2008, a certified etiquette trainer and corporate image instructor. We at RACUOCFMF hope that everyone had something to take home that day.
The recruitment day happened on the 7th of September 2017 at the faculty premises where a meeting was organized inviting all who wished to join Rotaract with the aim of recruiting new members and educating them on what Rotaract was. The members of the club joined in numbers to share their experiences with the newbies thus, creating an interest in the minds of these new members.
As the first financial project of the new term, the club T- Shirt was introduced incorporating the new logo of the club and the theme of the year, which would yet again be “Teamwork makes the dream work”. We would like to extend a special thank you to ‘Creatia Promotions’ for doing a commendable job in printing the t-shirts according to our exact specifications.
September was an action-packed month for not only our club, but also for most of the other clubs in the District. RACUOCFMFers took part in all the installation ceremonies held during the month and wish to extend warm wishes and best of luck to all the Presidents and their Board of Directors for a flourishing year ahead.
We were also pleased to be a part of the following events;
Mid-Town Family Meeting
Midtown family meeting was held on the 20th of September at Achievers Lanka Business School premises. An educational session was conducted by Mr.Udara Dharmasena who spoke on How to protect one’s self from Cyber bullying
Members of the Rotary Club of Colombo Midtown and the Rotaract Clubs of Colombo Midtown, ACBT , Achievers and FMF got the opportunity to update the rest of the family on their future projects which was followed by refreshments and fellowship.
‘Rotaract 101’ a joint initiative by Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town and Rotaract Club of ACBT was successfully held on the 24th September 2017 at the ICBT Auditorium.
The first session was conducted by Mr. Rohan Jayaweera, CEO of ‘Antyra Solutions’ who explained how we could mold ourselves into a leader, who can not only lead by instructions but also by examples. Further he showed that leaders are not born but made and that they are the individuals who go through many struggles, but somehow manage to overcome all difficulties and make themselves stronger in order to face worse adversities in life.
The second session was conducted by Rtr. Past President Zayan Jeffry of Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town. He elaborated what ‘Rotaract’ means using his own life experiences and gave a basic idea about Rotaract.
Rajans Cricket Carnival
‘Rajans Interclub Cricket Carnival 2017’ organized by the ‘Rotary Club of Kandy’ was a greater success giving all participants an unforgettable experience and a valuable opportunity to redefine friendship and to enhance fellowship. The event was very well organized. All the participants had a lot of fun in the cricket field while playing, as well as by cheering for their fellow members.
‘iSpy 2017′ organized by the Rotaract Club of Colombo Uptown (RCCU)’ which was held on the 3rd of September 2017 was a huge success giving all participants leadership role building experiences, corporation and co-ordination activities and a wonderful opportunity to meet other Rotaractors in a sporty and dynamic yet competitive environment. From the beginning to the very end, it was well organized and all participants had lot of fun engaging themselves in all the exciting activities.
All competing teams faced a number of challenges and gained new experienes in a unique way. Our team, ‘Dracarys’ managed to place 4th.
‘Sporcle 2017!’ was an adrenaline pumping general knowledge quiz organised by the Rotaract Club of University of Colombo, Faculty of Arts was successfully held on 28th of September at the Arts faculty premises. The tripartite quiz was not only an opportunity to test the knowledge of the participants but also a great seed for curiosity and fellowship. It was not only insightful and challenging but it was fun too. The questions were so diverse that everyone in the team had something to add. Whether the participants got through to the next rounds or not everyone won as they were able to add something to their knowledge and end the day with smiles all around