Posted by Steve Lettau on Sep 14, 2022

The Rotaract Club of Colombo celebrated its 52nd anniversary by completing 52 projects during the 2021-22 Rotary year.

In March, to finish 10 of them, the Rotaractors boarded a bus for a 30-hour drive. The Charity Bus, as the decade-old project is known, delivered books to a school library, heaters to a wildlife rehabilitation center, an electric oven to a skills development center, a rice cooker to a children’s residence, and rations and other products to homes that serve children and older adults. The group installed plastic recycling bins along a beach and planted trees to help prevent erosion and nurture turtle hatchlings.

The initiatives are funded by current and past club members, families, and businesses. “We have developed a culture of building a network of generous well-wishers as opposed to holding fundraisers,” says Chedliya Ishak, immediate past president.