Five zones, over seventy five active Interact clubs and more than twenty five hundred active Interactors. With the man power, the capability and commitment of the Interact District 3220 with a vision that we progress from the theme aspiring to serve as one, and continue onto unifying the movement under one common theme and ambition for the upcoming year which is exemplified in the following words, one movement, one country and one passion.
Our main highlights for the year under community service are, major scale school development projects especially targeting the primary and junior secondary education levels. We hope to provide clothing material, build libraries, maintain IT centers, and to create incentives for school children to continue their education. We also wish to promote vocational services and to educate the youth on the positive benefits of vocational training and of employment opportunities gained once it is completed, This would take place in April next year.
Secondly we hope to plan and execute vision camps targeting the rural communities of Sri Lanka specially in the areas of the south and Rajarata. This project is currently underway and is expected to be held on in February It is also a part of our vision to collaborate with NGOS, such as Friends of Prisoner's Children to promote children's and women's rights all over our isle, we hope to play an active role in the process of organization and implementation of these projects. A project we have undertaken in collaboration is to raise funds to provide underprivileged children with educational scholarships worth Rs. 12 000 per year. We hope to completely ensure that children and women are treated equally and granted equal rights without the affected being unfairly discriminated.
Another aspect of our community service program that we hope to focus on is the issue Global warming. It has become a burning issue as of recent times; we expect to engage in projects that uplift the quality of the environment in major cities and towns. Tree planting and nurturing projects will be carried out by the zone and district committees to reduce our "carbon footprint." The first Phase Green Life ONE has already been completed successfully, With the movement planting 600 trees in ten different locations. A wide spread recycling campaign and awareness campaign with objectives, to reduce non-degradable matter and to promote recycling amongst the public will be held throughout the year.
At the very start of the year, under the avenue of vocational services, The Interact District successfully organized a career development seminar where Interactors had the opportunity of talking with nine representatives from nine respective universities in the USA. It was held at the Excel World auditorium premises on August 30, 2008. Also in return the Interact District too briefed the American Representatives on Interact, and the service it renders to the community.
We believe club service projects play an important role in an Interact year and hope to successfully plan and execute the current club service projects ILT, Youth Camp, Inter eve, Interact week, District assembly and conference that are organized by the Interact District 3220.
Youth camp is an experience where every Interactor is privileged to experience. This unique project will be carried out by the Interact District 3220 from December 27–30 at the Pedro Scouts Camp in Nuwara Eliya. Leadership, survival skills, team work are some of the many benefits gained by the participants of this project, and let us also not forget the lasting friendships and memories cherished. It is a project that bonds all Zones together and promotes fellowship, thus it gives us enough incentive to organize it on an even grander scale this time around.
Interaction too is a project that binds the Interact District together, and will be held under the slogan "Power Attitude Friendship" in the last three weeks of January 2009. Interaction 2009 consists of Aqua sports, An Urban Challenge, track events, popular sports and will end with a grand awarding ceremony preceded by a concert which will be held at the Excel world dome. It is currently underway and is due to attract many Interactors for its participation.
Inter eve is also a very important club service project; this was successfully organized under the theme "conveying the Impression" on October 7, 2008. Also for the first time ever a "Kandy Inter eve" was organized this year as well on the 22nd of October 2008 at Trinity College Kandy, which saw an excellent response from the Interactors. School administration involving School principals, Staff advisors attended this project so as to clarify all doubts and queries about the Interact movement. Both the projects were a roaring success as most issues were sorted out and they were hailed as win-win situations.
The future of the movement depends on the younger generation; therefore ILT will be organized this year too from the months February to April. It will accomplish many of the goals set by the District, mainly educating youngsters on Interact and also to create goodwill and fellowship between clubs of the Interact District 3220. Zone committees will be in charge of organizing ILT sessions under the criteria set by the Interact District.
Interflash had unfortunately been repudiated into a corner during the past few years. It has two main objectives, one is to finance District projects for the year and the other is to give the organizing committee that consists of new entrants into the movement a chance to gain ample experience under the guidance of experienced District directors. We believe in reviving Interflash in all its grandeur this year in order to accomplish the objectives mentioned afore. It will be staged in a grand manner in the third week of February 2009 under the theme "Don't start the revolution without us."
As per tradition, the District Conference and Assembly will be held in March 2009 and July 2009 respectively. Bids will be called for these projects and the most competent schools will be granted the opportunity to host The biggest event on the Interact calendar.
Under the theme ONE MOVEMENT. ONE COUNTRY. ONE PASSION, we hope to solidify and unite the Interact District 3220. As per the interact invocation, we serve devoid of race, religion and culture, we hope to inculcate this doctrine in the clubs of the District 3220. We also hope to organize an Avurdhu celebration and Christmas party to promote unity.
"Be the change you want to see in the world." It is our belief that Mahatma Gandhi who uttered these words would look upon us proudly having evidenced that we have changed with time for the betterment of ourselves and more importantly for the betterment our nation. Under the running theme for this Interact year – ONE MOVEMENT. ONE COUNTRY. ONE PASSION. We hope to encourage, develop and unite all Interactors to contribute to the worthy projects of the District 3220 Asia Zone VIA Sri Lanka under one banner and solidify them with a spirit of nationalistic pride, to instill in them the value of believing that we as Interactors are doing our level best in making our beautiful isle once again the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. What greater vision is there…than to rally round our national flag, to hoist it up, so that it soars high above, carrying the expectations of an entire movement.