Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said the Interact Clubs of Rotary International perform a great service by enhancing social values among the young people.

Addressing the  33rd District Interact Club of Rotary International at the Temple Trees on June 16, he praised the Rotary International’s dedication to the ideal of ‘Service Above Self’ and carry out many worthwhile projects for the benefit of the community and said that its social programmes promote better understanding among people.

Speaking to 800 young Rotarians, He said the Interact Club provides them the opportunity to work with other individuals for a greater cause. “Your social activities are of paramount importance and Rotary’s programs for students and youth can change the lives of those who participate.”

I am glad to note that every Interact club has to carry out two service projects a year: one that helps your school or community and one that promotes international understanding, the Prime Minister said and added that the service projects are an effective way for them to take action at home and abroad, connect with other young leaders.

“Joining an Interact club is a life-changing way to shape your young mind into a meaningful one as it promotes understanding among people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and religions,” Premier Gunawardena said.

He said the activities with social responsibility, such as the work at orphanages, homes for the aged, and other activities such as clean-ups in public areas go a long way to enhance social values among the young.

These also inculcate a love for our environment which is being threatened by the ignorance and selfishness of the majority, he said.

In conclusion, the Prime Minister said that the Interact Club is a unique forum for interaction and social work as well as an invaluable platform for development of ethical values, skills and youth leadership. Your compassion and ability to open your hearts to those in need combined with the commitment to share your time, energy and resources with those who are less fortunate is what makes Rotarians special, he said.