ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday December 30, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 31

Celebrating youth culture

By Tahnee Hopman

January 12 – 27 will see what promises to be the biggest celebration of youth culture in Sri Lanka – Inter-evo. Bringing together around 400 Interactors representing schools from the Colombo and Kandy districts, Inter-evo, also known as Interactions, will be a unique experience for young Interactors in the age groups of 16 to 19.

Organized by the Inter-evo Organizing committee of the Interact District 3220, the programme will consist of three parts. The 1st leg of Inter-evo will feature Sri Lanka's most popular outdoor sports. These will include a basketball tournament on January 12, a tournament of Twenty20 Cricket matches and a tournament of Rugby Sevens on January 13 at St. Peter's College.

The second leg of this mega sports festival will be held on January 19, which will be an urban challenge by the name of The Quest. Something of a game of wits – a treasure hunt in which the contestants will have to solve a series of riddles and clues in order to get closer to the treasure. The Quest will continue throughout the day, and each team will be closely monitored by the organizing personnel, and the first team to solve all the clues and reach the finishing point will be the winner. The urban challenge is a new concept in the event, and the organizers are enthusiastic that it will be an extremely popular component of Inter-evo.

The third and final stage of Inter-evo will be held at Excel world, and is an indoor sports tournament consisting of bowling, X-box gaming, pool and paint ball to name a few. The event will culminate in a colourful award ceremony cum closing ceremony."The main objective in organizing an event of this magnitude is to bring young people, future leaders of the country, and decision makers of tomorrow together in a spirit of fellowship", says Nadeesha Cabral, the project chairperson of Inter-evo. Another goal set by the organizers of Inter-evo 2008 is to channel the funds raised at the event, towards the various charitable projects undertaken by the school Interact clubs.

Interact is a Rotary sponsored, non profit, non political international organization for the secondary school age group. Considering that there are around 200 registered interact clubs in Sri Lanka, Inter-evo is anticipated to be an excellent opportunity for Interactors to get to know one another, exchange ideas, in addition to competing with one another and having a great deal of fun in the process.

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