Did you know that pretty little flower buds too sing Christmas carols?
Kids are believed to be the hands by which we take hold of the Heaven. Such kids should be protected and nourished with knowledge, skills and values. Therefore, as the continuation of the award winning project “Light up their world” the Rotaract club of SLIIT, decided to celebrate Christmas with 23 pretty and small children at Morawinna Child Development and Probation Center. These children are in need of love, caring, attention and kindness. Making those the major concerns, the Club organized ” Christmas Carols 🎼✨️“ (Light up their World 2.3) to give them a chance to celebrate Christmas and to teach them the true meaning of Christmas while educating the importance of respecting every religion and thereby to produce fruitful citizens to the country.
The club had the initial idea of celebrating Christmas with the kids by offering them gifts but the crew never wanted to make it an ordinary event. So it was decided not only to offer them gifts but to add some new experience. Therefore, the project chair persons Rtr. Pulith Jayaratne and Rtr. Sashini Fernando arose with the idea of singing carols with them in addition to the presents.
A lengthy list of gifts was prepared with stationary items, personal care items and sweets. The days felt too long and tiresome at the beginning with Pettah rides, wrapping gifts, decorations and also practicing the songs.
However, the bright smiles of the enthused kids washed away all the pain. As the utmost result of the hard work from dawn to dusk, Christmas came early to our angels on 23rd of December 2019 to showcase their hidden talents.
Honorable guest of the evening, the Assistant Rotaract District Secretary, guide club coordinator, Rtr. Kithmee De Silva along with nearly 40 of RACSLIIT Rotaractors were amazed with the solo and group performances of these children. We were able to teach them seven songs and four new quotes about Christmas. It was indeed an amazing evening where even the rock hard hearts were melted by the voices of the little angels. Rtr. Isura being the surprise Santa nailed it by surprising the kids with sweets and I was truly happy that we planned it because I clearly heard the surprised voices of the kids 🥺❤ . Our Guide Club Coordinator Rtr. Kithmee De Silva appreciated the continuous effort of us in lighting up the world of the pretty kids in her speech and the event was concluded with the distribution of gifts and No, the surprise was not over : everyone was served with Rtr. Sashini’s heavenly Iced Coffee and Mini Donuts 🍩🥤🤤
This initiative made us realize the importance of love, caring and attention needed for a child to grow. The lack of attention and negligence can certainly make a negative impact on their future. As this is the season of love, let us all take some time to think about the less fortunate, and to try and make their worlds a brighter place with the slightest act of love.
The reality was far beyond the expectations, the ceremony was a massive success as we could bring smiles to our little flower buds.
Join us to Light up their World!
Written by –
Rtr. Hansi Edirisinghe (co-editor 2019/20) and
Rtr. Pulith Jayaratne (Director – Community Services 2019/20)