Rotary club members thanked for Sri Lanka project involvement

Fresh off its massive international project being completed in Sri Lanka, Bordertown Rotary Club has thanked the representatives who made it possible.

In arguably the club's most ambitious project yet, members spent countless hours building two new classrooms and toilets in Sri Lanka.

After plenty of planning and construction, David and Rose Milton and John and Karen Hunt attended the official opening in Nuwara Eliya District at the Glasgow Aganapatana Tamil School in July.

Members of the Bordertown Rotary Club and the local community raised funds to make the new building possible for the overcrowded school.

The hard work shown by the Rotary club means 80 Year 9-10 students will be able to relocate to the two new classrooms. That has allowed students and teachers to now have smaller class sizes, as previously they were in a different building housing 350 students.

In 2018, the school achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for the grade 10 students.

The project started in 2018 when the Rotary club collaborated with the local Bordertown Sri Lankan residents, in particular Sathu Vallavanpillai, who is now a full active member of the Bordertown Rotary Club.

Sathu said he was thrilled that after months of preparation and hard work the project had finally came to fruition.

"It now means the children have even a better chance of a good education outcome," Sathu said.

"It's wonderful to have the two classrooms named 'Bordertown' and 'Mundulla' for the children to remind themselves that people from around the world do care."

The project has seen a number of people put their hand up to be involved, and the Rotary club thanks everyone for their contribution to the overall outcome.

Without individuals like building contractor Xavier Anton and volunteer supervisor Vallavanpillai Prignaselvam (Rajah), the project wouldn't have been possible.

"Thanks to the staff, parents, and students of the Glasgow Aganapatana Tamil School and all the members of the Rotary club and Bordertown community," Sathu said.