The Rotary Club of Singapore (RCS), which is the largest club in Singapore and its district 3310 supported the High Commission to supply dry rations, vegetable parcels and other essentials such as face masks, hand sanitizers to Sri Lankan students in Singapore during the covid-19 pandemic. This donation also included 120 copies of the RCS's flagship comic book titled "Book of Humour" being distributed among the Sri Lankan students. Through a club wide fund raiser in April 2020, Rotary 3310 raised the required funding to support over 500 Sri Lankan students for over a period of 2 months.
After learning that many Sri Lankan students in Singapore were in urgent need of daily essentials during the circuit breaker period, Rotarian Varun Gulati coordinated this programme. RCS's Board of Directors, Immediate Past President Deepak Nagrani, Vice President Bala Venkatesan and Director Dr SL Chan supported to raise and allocate funds for this worthy cause.
High Commissioner Sashikala Premawardhane meeting with the club executives this week thanked the Rotary Club of Singapore for the support extended to the High Commission during this challenging period, and also stressed that their support came at a critically important time and has been of tremendous value.
In response, former President Deepak Nagrani stated that the Rotary Club of Singapore is proud to have cooperated with the High Commission in this effort, and also expressed that they look forward to working closely if the need arises, in the future.
Rotary's key areas of service have been promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, maternal and child health, literacy & basic education, and economic and community development. The Rotary team also briefed the High Commissioner that their club has done over 80 such global collaborations called "global grants" over the past few years.