The Rotary Club of Colombo Regency (‘RCCR’) recently partnered with Illustrious Sir Jayantha Stephen Kapuwatte (http://www.jj-only.com/about-jayantha-kapuwatte.html), the Shanthi Foundation (http://www.shanthi-foundation.org/), and other philanthropists to promote and present a special fundraiser musical show “Autumn Breeze” on Sunday 24 August 2014 at the Bishop’s College Auditorium. There was much appreciation and support for this venture at all levels and Madam Shiranthi Rajapakse graced the event as chief guest with other senior government officials also in attendance.
Philanthropists based in Holland have been staging “Autumn Breeze” as a fundraiser for several years and this year it showcased the talents of a multinational performing cast. This time the concert profits were Rs. 1 Million and were wholly applied towards purchase of reverse osmosis (‘RO’) machines to provide purified water to the North Central Province, which is severely affected by CKDu in Sri Lanka.
RCCR and its members supported the project with funding of Rs. 250,000/-. Audience members present further donated a sum of Rs. 100,000/- at the event itself and this cheque was presented to Madam Shiranthi Rajapakse following the curtain call.
RCCR’s partnership with “Autumn Breeze” helped awaken people to a burning national health issue. Chronic Kidney Disease Of Uncertain Origin, namely CKDu is ravaging our country and current data suggests that in affected districts, an approximate number of over 20,000 people are currently waitlisted for dialysis and transplants. RCCR was delighted to support such a worthy venture in keeping with the RI goals of disease prevention and treatment as well as water and sanitation.
RCCR’s partnership with “Autumn Breeze” increased awareness about Rotary’s enduring commitment to community service and may be seen as a yet another project that District 3220 can be happy and proud of.