Transforming communities

Rotaract is a global movement of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in communities across the world. It is so heartening to note that that Rotaract clubs are bringing together young people who are 18 and older, to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through the planning and execution of community service projects of great substance.

In communities worldwide, Rotaract members work side-by-side with Rotarians to take action through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is changing communities like yours. In the current pandemic times, it is so gratifying to find that Rotaractors across India have taken on service projects for community welfare and to bring relief to the underprivileged sections through distribution of food, foodgrains, and other material, to bring dignity to those less fortunate than us.

It is important that Rotaractors should ask themselves this question all the time: What can I do to change the world? What can I do for those who are less fortunate than myself?

As young people you are fearless, brave, impetuous, dynamic and self-confident. You have the ideas, the creativity and above all, the great energy and enthusiasm to shape a better world. You are full of hope and through innovation and imagination, have the potential to not only become problem-solvers, but also bring about a a positive social change in the world.

I would like to advise you to be in a continuous search for ways and means that generate the desire to bring about lasting and sustainable change in many different areas in our world…. by helping the environment, individual families as well as communities. With globalisation and technology, the world has even become smaller, with unlimited possibilities of making so many wonderful connections. All this give you, Rotaractors, a unique chance to come together in unity, solidarity and empathy to forge real and lasting friendships.

Remember as youth you are responsible for building your nation, to make your community good and noble, inclusive and meaningful. If you understand this responsibility, and execute it with energy, focus and commitment, a large number of crimes may reduce within one day. At the end of the day, for any community or country, one responsible youngster is better than 100 careless youngsters.

Kamal Sanghvi
RI Director, 2019-21

 

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