“still on”

Last week (6 December) a group of activists from the Rotaract Movement went to the Katunayake Free Trade Zone to do a HIV/ AIDS awareness campaign for the people working in the zone and the residence including the traders adjoining the zone, without limiting the activities related to HIV & AIDS only to the 1 December.


Rotaract is a movement found worldwide for young men and women aged between 18 to 30 years who believe they can make a difference by serving their communities. Rotaract clubs are usually community or university based and sponsored by a local Rotary club, making them true ‘partners in service’ and key members of the Rotary family. The Rotaract movement encompasses all facets of life with 4 main avenues of service, namely; Community Service, Professional Development, International Understanding and Club Service. Through the Rotaract program, young adults not only augment their knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, but also address the physical and social needs of their communities while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in 163 countries and geographic areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon. The Rotaract Clubs in Sri Lanka engages in a balance number of projects in different caliber targeting all four avenues of service making the young professionals involved all-rounders.


Events in this nature (the HIV/ AIDS awareness campaign by the Rotaractors) need to continue not only on the 1 December, but throughout the year. People start talking about HIV & AIDS only when they get closer to the day, then when they see the day is approaching they organize a seminar or a workshop and talk about the importance of the day. The media telecasts some documentaries, clips and that’s also over by the day. And this keeps on repeating every year. HIV is not something that you will get only on the 1 December, but can be infected any time of the day, month, year, anywhere on this earth. We need to understand the gravity of it and act accordingly, before it is too late.


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