Sharing cultural affinities, motifs and traditional ideas for bonding has turned out to be one of the strong glues for Rotaractors in RID 3150. The maiden attempt at organising a cultural festival, titled Sanskriti, as a platform for the Rotaract clubs to come together and display their ‘unity in diversity’ turned out to successful, said DRR Vinod Kumar Ameti.
About 225 Rotaractors from 32 clubs put up a range of stage performances that showcased the uniqueness of Indian States in their food habits, dress
This showcase themed event is…hosted by all clubs for college students under the Be a Speaker topic. “So far eight events were held under Rotatalk that drew 72 students from six colleges, besides members from other clubs,” he said. The event is not just about shaping the oratorical skills of students, but also exposing them to the Rotaract world and thus inviting them to become club members.
The DRR’s home club RAC Hyderabad Gachibowli is holding a number of programmes at Desire Society, a special home for HIV-infected children, at Bahadurpally on the city suburbs. “We have been associated with the home for the last eight years offering schoolbags, notebooks and stationery to around 80 inmates.” Rotaractors celebrate their birthdays at this centre and spend interactive, fun sessions with the children.
Besides special meals and gifts during festivals, “we meet their basic needs, food essentials and organise events whenever they come up with such requests.”
The community-based club has 30 members, of which 80 per cent are IT professionals as Gachibowli is on a software corridor next to the Hitec City, a tech industry hub. Every December, an HIV awareness rally is taken from the Hitec City with a large participation of Rotaractors, inmates of Desire Society and doctors to create awareness on the disease.
Project Hope, a joint initiative by three clubs — RACs Hyderabad Gachibowli, Hyderabad Himayath Nagar and Miyapur — offered food packets to needy families in crowded localities of Secunderabad, Lakdikapul and Bharat Nagar. “This is our maiden project involving food donation and over 2,000 food packets were delivered by teams consisting of 40 Rotaractors,” said Pramodh Marrela, President, RAC Hyderabad Gachibowli. Forty out of 58 Rotaract clubs in RID 3150 are active with their projects and community initiatives, said Vinod Kumar. “Most of the them donate notebooks to government schools as an ongoing project either by mobilising funds or collecting gently touched books from households and the student community. So far, we have covered 700 schools across the district this year,” (2019_20) he adds.