The third installation ceremony of the Rotaract Club of Singer Sri Lanka was held recently at the company head office. The club is known to be the first Corporate Rotaract Club in the world.
Charted in the year 2014 with the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Colombo North, the club has continued to grow throughout the years. Singer Finance (Lanka) PLC contributed as the main sponsor for the event, which saw more than 100 participants from the Rotaract and Rotary Family.
Chief guest Singer Director Human Resources Neminda Karunarathne mentioned, “Singer has always encouraged youth activism by way of various clubs and sports activities that will nurture and develop the youth in the company.”
Lanka Sathosa Limited Chairman Dr. Rohantha Athukaorala, who is also a member of the Colombo Reconnection Rotary Club, delivered the keynote address.
After a very successful year, 2015/2016 President Rtr. Kalpa Hangawatta handed over the controls of the club to the incoming President Rtr. Sajeni Padithage and her board members. At this juncture, Padithage mentioned, “Being a Corporate Rotaract Club we will be able to make the Rotaract movement even more meaningful and worthwhile.”
The board members for the year 2016/2017 included Secretary Rtr. Shalani Chandrasena, Assistant Secretary Rtr. Charith Chinthaka, Joint Treasurers Rtr. Dharshana Thushara and Rtr. Prashanth Ramanathan, Director Public Relations and Editor Rtr. Ragunath Karunamoorthy, Director Community Service Rtr. Jeevan Kalinga, Director Club Services Rtr. Zuhail Zafar, Director Digital Communication Services Rtr. Chathura Kithmal, Director International Services Rtr. Mahesh Fernando, Director Professional Development Rtr. Gayathri Pathmaraja, Director Membership Development Rtr. Vimukthi Fernando and Joint Sargent-at-Arms Rtr. Praveendran Jeyendran and Rtr. Niranjan Nanayakkara.
During the year 2015/2016, the club completed 14 projects, which are within the Rotaract areas of service. This included comminute service, club service, international understanding and professional development projects. Some of the key projects for the year 2015/2016 were ‘Together with Logos Hope – A Community Service Project’, which was done in collaboration with the volunteers of the Logos Hope ship. ‘Connecting with the North’ was another project done for the benefit of the 700 children from families of war-torn area. This was a joint project with the Rotaract Club of Jaffna Peninsula.
Rotaract Club of Singer Sri Lanka joined Rotasia as one of the organising clubs. This was the largest Rotaract conference, which was held in Sri Lanka with participation of over 1000 Rotaractors from various countries in the South Asian region. In the beginning of the year 2016, the company entrusted the Rotaract Club members to take over the largest e-waste collection project in Sri Lank for better monitoring and proper disposal management. This will become one of the significant projects of the club in the future. The club concluded the year by donating dry rations and clothing for the affected by the recent floods in Sri Lanka.