Rotary clubs of Colombo and Makati Circle set up affiliation and education agreements

In line with initiatives encouraging and supporting collaborative commitments between Sri Lanka and the Philippines through the fellowship of professionals and community leaders, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Manila has hosted a virtual introductory meeting between Rotary Club leaders of Colombo Reconnections (RCCR) and Rotary Club of the Circle of Friends of Makati (RCMCoF).

The meeting stems from the initial interaction between Ambassador Shobini Gunasekera and Professor Nelia Cruz Sarcol, President of RCMCoF, on the Rotary Club’s interest in engaging with their counterparts in Sri Lanka through a sister club agreement and a collaborative education project to help deserving Sri Lankans through a scholarship program.

In her welcoming remarks, Gunasekera expressed her gratitude to both clubs for their commitment to building bridges and creating lasting change in communities as she tackled social issues through leadership and expertise. The envoy also noted that a project in the field of information and communication technology education was a timely initiative to step into the new normal with confidence.

Dr. Rohantha Athukorala, RCCR Past President, coordinated discussions on behalf of Sri Lanka with Rotarians: Pubudu De Soyza, who is the District Governor of Sri Lanka and the Maldives 2022/23; Sushena Ranatunga, who is district governor of Sri Lanka and the Maldives 2023/24; and Rakitha Jayatunge, RCCR President. They welcomed the proposed agreement between sister clubs and the collaborative project on education. Recognizing the vast benefits the project will bring to Sri Lankan youth, they pledged to give their full support to the venture.

The two sides agreed to exchange more detailed information and discuss further. A visit to Sri Lanka by RCMCoF officers will also be planned during the first quarter of 2022.