Serenade was a biggest fellowship night between two major players in volunteerism, Rotaract and Leo organized by the Rotaract Club of Faculty of Medicine and the Leo Club of Faculty of Arts and was held on the 8th of November 2020 from 7.00pm onwards. Due to the pandemic restrictions it was conducted virtually via Zoom. It was open to all Rotaractors and Leos to participate as well as perform. Setting aside the differences of each club if we could combine our strengths, the impact on the society would be much greater. This concept laid the foundation to the club service project Serenade; the Rotaract – Leo Fellowship Eve. A virtual open mic night where members of Rotaract and Leo performed poetry and songs in one platform, bringing out the true meaning of fellowship and friendship. The presence of more than 100 attendees for the event reflected the value of the project, both in terms of building harmony between the two organizations and getting to know one another.

The session was moderated by Rtr. Minura Manchanayake and Leo Dulari Christopher. Next, the floor was open up to the performers. The first 6 songs/poetry were performed by the Rotaractors and Leos. Then a speech was held by the Multiple District President of LeoSpeech by the Assistant Governor of Rotary District 3220 Rtn. PHF. PP Marshad Barry. Next, speech was held by DRR Rtn. Rtr. PP Kasun SigeraInvitation for project Diabeat by President Rtr. Thanuja Kotawelagedara of Rotaract Club of Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. After that, Samare and Samare performed a special performance. The last 8 songs/poetry were performed by Rotaractors and Leos. After the performances the floor was opened for felicitations for thoughts and ideas. After the vote of thanks the session was ended.

The purposes of this project were building a fellowship between the Rotaractors and Leos, filling the knowledge gap about the two organizations, building friendship and harmony between the two organizations, open invitation for the future project Diabeat and creating the ground for uniting the resources of the two organizations for potential future projects. The other areas of focus were the project were laying the foundation for combining the strengths of Rotaract and Leo for potential future projects and the fellowship and harmony between volunteers in Rotaract and Leo.

The project was chaired by Rtr. Thanuja Kotawalagedara. The organizing and documentation were done by Rtr. Sandamini Liyanage. The organizing was also done by Rtr. Dileesha Wickramasinghe. There are 43 clubs and 83 other organizations were participated in Serenade. The steering committee participants were District Rotaract Representative Kasun Sigera, Joint Director – Community Service Hasitha Wellaboda and Joint Director – International Service Rasanjanee Polgampala.

How we planned,

The ‘ Rotaract-Leo Fellowship Forum’ WhatsApp group was created on the 27th of October 2020 where Rotaractors from the Faculty of Medicine and Leos from the Faculty of Arts were added to one platform. Discussions among the group participants led to the idea of doing a fellowship project together. To brainstorm project ideas and to get to know one another in the group the first discussion meeting was held on the 27th of October 2020. Rtr. Thanuja Kotawelagedara, Rtr. Sandamini Liyanage and Rtr. Dileesha Wickramasinghe participated from our club for the meeting. A post was shared having the contact details of Leo Inoka Perera to reserve slots for performances. A registration form for participants was created and posted with the other PR posts. The lineup based on the performer reservations and the agenda was created by the 5th of November 2020. Before the final showdown, a rehearsal of all performances was conducted on the 8th of November from 5.00pm on-wards.

This project was an important milestone in terms of fellowship for both Rotaractors and Leos. It paved a platform for the members of the two organizations to showcase their talents to one another. Through the project any doubts and reservations the members of the two organizations would have had about one another was also addressed, creating harmony between the two communities of Rotaract and Leo. This fulfills the secondary avenue of Peace and Communal harmony. As a secondary objective, this project was the gateway to a future joint project, ‘Diabeat’ between the Leos and Rotaractors in creating awareness about the silent killer, Diabetes. Long term outcome of this project was the combining the talents and resources of both Rotaract and Leo.

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