Rotaract is not only about hosting events and charities. It is mostly about bonding with individuals with different views and personalities and bringing this society to a better place. One such bonding activity took place in December 2017, between the Rotaract Club of Informatics Institute of Technology (RACIIT) and the Rotaract Club of Katugasthota Region. The project was initiated by Rtr. Chameera of RACIIT, where the members of RACIIT ventured on a journey to the Uragala mountains.
The members were up and left for the daring mountains at the dawn of the first day. Their initial destination was to Kandy to rendezvous with Usama Liyadeen, the president of the RAC Katugasthota. After exchanging a hearty greeting between each other, the President escorted the visitors to Uragala, where they pitched up tents and set up a camp with the other members of RAC Katugasthota. Through the traditional method of getting to know each other through food, both parties gained each other’s friendship whilst enjoying a wonderful packet of rice.
After the fulfilling meal, the party embarked on their adventurous quest to conquer the seventh mountain of the Uragala mountain range. The trek was three hours long and the party was exhausted. Though, the results were worthwhile as you could see the lush green scenery stretching far off towards the hillside basking in the amber, sunlight. Time passed gazing across this spectacular view. After, the group returned to their camp.
The members began to socialize by playing cards and discussions until night time came, where they set up a campfire. This was followed by a delicious barbeque session along with some campfire songs which paved the way towards their fellowship. With the moon watching over them, the group proceeded to their respective tents and had a good night’s sleep.
By daybreak, everyone was up and enjoying a wonderful “Gamé” style breakfast. After bidding farewell to their fellow brothers and sisters, the members of RACIIT proceeded to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. It was truly a magnificent sight to witness the gentle natures of such massive beings. Of course, the little ones were very playful to watch as well. Being the final item on the schedule, the group returned to Colombo after a long and exhausting journey.
Members of both parties were exhausted after this journey but they were also gifted with a newfound fellowship and an experience that will be etched in their hearts for good and all.
Written by – Rtr. Isira Kandanearachchi