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ekantipur.com, 31 January 2012 - With a melancholic feeling brought about by the idea of departing and yet with an inner sense of contentment at being a part of a prolific and joyous event, Rotractors bid adieu to Rotasia 2012 on January 29.

 

The annual conference of Rotract members from South Asian nations which came to Nepal for the first time ended after a four-day series of travel, inter-nation interactions,

entertainment and merriment.

As more than seven-hundred delegates, volunteers, guests and

visitors came together from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and host nation Nepal, Rotractors saw themselves blending together in and out of discussion forums and interaction programmes with fellow members from abroad and across their own nations. The lone representative from Indonesia, a Ms Eka described her experience as a fun and memorable one. “The chance to meet so many new people from different places has been monumental. Nepal is beautiful and I am proud to have been a part of Rotasia 2012”, she says. She also mentioned how Rotasia has been able to keep par with the Rotract seminar of South East Asian Nations called the Asia Pacific Regional Rotract Conference.

Organisers and volunteers as well have been proud of the standard and achievements of Rotasia 2012. Conference chair Anil Shrestha was pleased by their efforts to partner with vital organisations while being able to promote Rotract’s name through the media. Shrestha said, “We have

partnered with the ILO, Nepal Tourism Board and Ministry of Youth and Sports. Our focus on promoting tourism and the prospects of youth employment have made these collaborations possible. We have been able to make the most out of our partnerships.” His reference here was towards the second day’s interactive sessions that discussed youth entrepreneurship and employment at length. Representatives from all five participating nations come forward to discuss problems and formulate solutions on the mentioned quandaries. The drawn conclusions and resolutions are now pledged to be presented at International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) annual conference in Geneva by ILO’s Asia region Youth Employment Specialist Matthieu Congnac. Congnac had graced the inaugural event as well as addressed and headed the second day’s interactive sessions which discussed crucial issues of tourism, environment and employment.

Rotasia was of course not all about solemn matters but had its’ own light moments filled with much entertainment and laughter. The Mr and Ms Rotasia pageant fell under such frivolous aspects. As 19 international guests came together to share their talents and Rotract and Rotary knowledge, they amused the audiences with their inimitable charm and persona. From Chammak Challo dances to soulful singing, the guests delighted their peers in more ways than one. Delegates from the Rotaract Clubs of India and Sri Lanka  came out as the female and male winners respectively. The entertainment also included traditional Kaura dances, classical Manjushree dances, hip-hop and modern dances and musical performances by the Rotractors.

Rahish Piya, a Rotract member from Chitwan was only one of the few hundreds who felt as exhausted as proud at having organised a success like Rotasia 2012. He said, “Management has been difficult and the pressure extreme, but our combined effort has made things this successful. We are extremely delighted that our resolutions will be presented at ILO’s conference in Geneva.” Rotractor Abhishek Thapa added, “There is room for improvement but it has nonetheless been a grand success.” Sujan Manandhar, who was one of the 101 Nepali delegates representing Nepal in Rotasia 2011 that was held in Goa, told The Post of the higher benchmark that the Nepali Rotractors have been successful in setting. “Compared to Goa where we had problems in accommodation, food and hospitality, our management has been splendid. We have left no stone unturned so that our guests may have top-class service”, Manandhar proclaimed. The four-day event also held a blood donation campaign for the Red Cross on Saturday which gleaned a good number of donors. Post Rotasia, organisers are also taking certain delegates to major tourist attractions like Bandipur, Pokhara, Bhote Koshi and Chitwan. 

Rotasia kept by it’s theme ‘Unite.Serve.Celebrate’ as we saw national and international delegates intermingle to weave threads of collaboration and friendship. Hosts sincerely welcomed their guests and clubs remained forefront at creating associative relations with international districts through the much followed idea of ‘Twin Club’ in Rotract. Rotasia 2013.

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