This worthy project was built on the following SDG goals: Climate Change, Life below Water, Life of land and Quality Education. Then the project was carefully segregated into 4 phases. Phase 1 – A beach clean-up to collect plastic remnants on Crow Island/ Modara beach. Phase 2- A leadership training camp at Salvation Army boys’ home, Rajagiriya. Phase 3- A cemetery clean-up at Hekitha Public cemetery. Phase 4- Building of a flower bed at the Hekitha Public out of eco-bricks. The team was able to collect over 20 bags of PET bottles and plastic wrappers weighing 79.3kg and 25kg respectively. The objective of the beach clean-up was to mainly collect non-degradable plastic waste and create a sustainable way of using such collected plastic to benefit the environment. The graveyard of the Hekitha Public cemetery was cleaned with the objective of paying respect to the beloved ones who have left us and setting an example on keeping cemeteries clean. 100 eco-bricks were built out of the PET bottles and plastic wrappers collected from the beach clean-up and an 8×8 ft candle stand offering was constructed at the Hekitha Public Cemetery, showcasing sustainable ways of using plastic wastage.
This is the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town’s signature project of the year. This project is a Community Service initiative under the Rotary focus area ‘Basic education and literacy’. This project envisions taking ownership of 360° aspects of the school. It took place in 4 phases.
Arogya was a project that was initiated with the intention of creating awareness of COVID 19 among an educational institution, primarily among younger students who would be vulnerable to the current pandemic without the right knowledge. With this in mind, The Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town partnered up with a private school in Colombo, with the intention of creating an awareness among the students.
The Rotary Family of Colombo Mid Town has been conducting the project “Blind Walk” consecutively for three years and this year, as for the fourth time, on the 15th of October 2020, the project took place in two phases. The first phase of Blind Walk took place under the theme; “Hope in Sight”. A Live Talk Show which was broadcasted via Rotaract TV, addressing issues on preventable blindness with three guest speakers. The show also witnessed the first-ever LIVE fundraiser campaign for Rotaract District 3220. As for the second phase of the project, the donations collected during the first phase of the project were utilized by making timely donations to blind communities in the island. This project focuses on the Rotary focus area ‘Disease prevention and treatment’.
Project Light Up is a long-standing signature project of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town, which is an initiative under the Community Service avenue. And serves under the SDG Goals ‘Affordable and clean energy’ and ‘Sustainable cities and communities. This year this project took a path towards providing solar lamps to Daya Nivasa, Kandy. On the 29th of May 2021, 10 standing solar lamp post lights were donated to the orphanage.
Apema Kenek is a Community Service initiative under the SDG Goals ‘Life on land’ and ‘Climate Action’. This project is about the cigarette filters that are left behind everywhere to be put into good use. According to the research we undertook, it takes 18 months to 10 years for a cigarette filter to decompose.