REACH FOR WATER- The Charity run

The Charity run of the signature community service project REACH FOR WATER of the Rotaract Club of university of Peradeniya ended in high spirits gifting Kandy a massive charity run experience. Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology (CKDU) is a much discussed yet less addressed issue. This project Reach for Water was designed to address this issue by ensuring the access to clean water.

Under the tagline “Let’s Make Lives Better” this project is conducted in three phases. The first phase was a charity run which was organized to raise awareness amongst public about the Kidney Disease issue prevalent in the country and to raise funds. This charity run took place through the Kandy town starting from the Bogambara Stadium Car Park, under the patronage of the chief minister, Central Province-Hon. SarathEkanayake. Mayor of Central Provincial council Hon. KesaraSenanayake, BasnayakaNilameMahendraRathwaththe, Commissioner of Kandy Municipal Council Mr. Chandana Tennakoon, Public Relations Officer of University of Peradeniya -Mr. D.R.G.K Godamunne, Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian Past president John Baskaran from Rotary Club of Kandy also graced the occasion with their honored presence. Having run through the kandy town it ended at the same destination. At the closing ceremony an awareness event was arranged with an expert talking of the kidney issue, and also a celebrity meet-and –greet was arranged along with a musical event. The celebrities were KavingaPerera, RidmaWeerawardhana, SupunPerera, YomalSamarakoon, Samare&Samare and Amuthu played the band. All the registrants were amounting up to 300 and the impression created was a big impact. All the registrants were wearing the T-shirt and the wrist band which was designed as a fund raiser to the event. Media coverage was given by Rupavahini, Janasarana, Kandy zone, PeraBeats. Daily mirror and Ceylon Today were the print media partners. 

The funds raised were channeled to the water filter installation at Galamuna Divisional Hospital at Budhdhayaya Polonnaruwa area, which will take place in near future. And for the refurbishment of the temple at Uvakudaoyawellawaya in collaboration with the Janasarana fund. Special measures were taken to ensure the sustainable existence of the project where letters of consent were taken from the relevant parties assuring the acceptance of the responsibility to maintain the water filter. The Reach for Water-2018 project showed it’s momentum and ended with promising future prospects.