2017 Jun 21
The Rotaract Club of Colombo Regent held its annual flagship project “Concert With A Difference” on the 27th of February 2017 at the Lionel Wendt from 2.00pm onwards. The event provides an opportunity for over 500 differently abled individuals to enjoy an evening of entertainment. These differently abled individuals are attached to special needs schools/ centers located in and outside Colombo.
The project aims to allow the participating differently abled individuals to be an audience instead of a spectacle. Through its continuous commitment to this project the Rotaract Club of Colombo Regent seeks to raise public awareness as to the existence of this often forgotten section of society.
The Rotaract Club of Colombo Regent enlists the support of musicians who willingly donate their time while the décor for the event is prepared by the Club itself. The Club organizes transport along with refreshments and gifts for the differently abled individuals who attend the event.
The Rotaract Club of Colombo Regent is a community based club of limited membership. The members of the club enthusiastically devote their time in the months leading up to the project despite their own professional, academic and personal commitments. It is the common consensus of the club that the joy in the faces of these differently abled individuals at the event is well worth their commitment to the project.
The differently abled individuals who participate at the event are vibrant and enthusiastic. Within minutes of the music starting our convivial audience leaves their seats to dance and sing along with the musicians. Our audience enthusiastically engages our club members to join their fun making it a truly memorable and rewarding experience.
In their charitable endeavors society often merely considers the basic needs of those less fortunate such as food, clothing and dwelling. Witnessing the joy of these differently abled individuals at this event, we realize that these individuals too deserve the pleasures of music and entertainment that we often take for granted and that the handicaps of differently abled individuals should not deprive these individuals from such pleasures.
Funding has always been the core challenge for this project for the provision of transport along with refreshment and gifts for the differently abled individuals who attend the event. The club funds the project through generous sponsorships of corporate donors, donation from its members, past members and well-wishers as well as fundraising efforts at shopping malls.
The Rotaract Club of Colombo Regent considers it their privilege to host this event.