Caring, daring, changing lives
Leo Club of Nawala Metro adjudged Best Leo Club in
Sri Lanka - 2015:
Leo Sahan Randika
Leo Kalana Pathirana.
An innovative project intriguingly titled 'Drop of Life - It's never
too late for the monsoon to arrive' earned Leo Club of Nawala Metro
great accolade and the coveted award for the 'Best Leo Club in Sri
Lanka'. The award was presented by the Leo Multiple District 306
Conference, Sri Lanka, at a ceremony at the Central Bank Auditorium
'Drop of Life' saw the Leos from Nawala Metro providing water for
Anuradhapura when it was affected by a drought in August last year. The
first phase saw the Club supplying 33,000 litres of water to the Rambewa
village in the Anuradhapura District, with the second phase done in
The Club also did a multi-service project in Matara that included
many social services ranging from an eye screening project to
leadership, drug and legal advisory campaign.
"We get help from many professionals and we are happy about it," says
immediate past President, Leo Vishan Gunarathne, explaining that they
have done more than 60 projects up to now and that 20 of them had been
massive projects. One of the massive projects undertaken by the Nawala
Metro Leos is the releasing approximately 500 turtles to the Bentota
"The society and especially the youth should be aware of the Leo
Clubs in Sri Lanka. We always welcome the youth to join us in our social
service programs, which benefits the country.
The one and only qualification that one needs is to have a heart to
help. Leo helps to change and bring a huge impact to the society as a
group which an individual alone cannot do. Many good habits and
qualities can be developed as a member of the Leo Club," says Gunarathne.
A relative new comer to the scene, Leo Club of Nawala Metro was
installed by Leo District 306 C2 Sri Lanka and sponsored by the Lions
Club of Nawala Metro, which comes under Lion District 306 C2, Sri Lanka,
chartered on June 21, 2011 by DG Deshabandu/Deshashakthi Lion Tilak
Originally there were 21 young and enthusiastic new members dedicated
to working towards the betterment of the community and making a
difference. They began with what they deem, is a series of life changing
programs that included 'Helping Hands' which is aimed at helping the
community for a better tomorrow, 'The Green Team' which is aimed at
creating a sustainable environment for further generations, 'Leader In
You' which is aimed at helping to groom better leaders for tomorrow,
'Support A School' a signature to improve a school that has come to the
brink of closing down due to lack of support, neglect and remoteness.
Leo Club is a youth organization of Lions Club International, with
the letters standing for Leadership, Experience and Opportunity. The Leo
Club's objective is to provide the youth of the world with an
opportunity for development and contribution, individually and
collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and
Sri Lanka is one of the top countries with the highest number of Leo
Clubs. The first Leo Club was founded in 1957 by Glenside Lions Club in
Abington, Pennsylvania, USA with 35 high school boys. Today there are 6,
100 clubs in 138 countries with 150,000 members around the world.
The Leos of Nawala Metro has been able to render tremendous service
to the community. Apart from the good work towards the betterment of the
community, the Leos are also well known for their innovativeness and the
passion to do things their way.
"The Leo Club of Nawala Metro 306 C2, which came into being in 2013
quickly achieved the best new Leo Club status and was awarded the best
Leo Club in Sri Lanka award for the Leoistic year 2014- 2015.
The first President of our club was Leo Sahan Randika and the
immediate past President is Leo Vishan Gunarathne under whose President
ship we achieved the best Leo Club in Sri Lanka status," says present
President Leo Kalana Pathirana.
He says it is a great privilege for him to be the President of the
outstanding Leo Club in Sri Lanka.
"My goal as the President this year is to do more social services and
bring a good name and impression to my club," he says, adding that the
smiles in the faces of many people are their achievement and that is
what they want.