The Rotary Club of Mount Lavinia has been organising many fundraising projects and community development events over the past six decades.
This year their endeavours to promote and develop ethnic harmony between cultural, social and religious backgrounds of children in schools, focused on a sport called Handball. Working the idea with a two-fold objective:
Promote Handball in schools and young professional through the Rotary movement all over the island Tournament experience for Beach Handball Teams
All Interact clubs in schools and Rotaract Clubs have been invited to participate in this event. Before the festival a training course has been placed for all the players.
As MLH General Manager Anura Dewapura states, “The International World Games Association (IWGA) announced that Beach Handball will be in the official sports programme of the next World Games 2013 in Cali/Colombia. Hence it is only befitting that we support the sport by events as such so it encourages youth to shoot for the stars.”
There will be two open events for Men and Women that will be held on 29th and 30th September 2012 from 9a.m. to 6.30p.m. at the Paradise Beach of Mount Lavinia Hotel.
Rotary Beach Handball Festival Project Chairman Gihan Dalpethado said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for young Interactors from different social, religious, cultural backgrounds to get to know each other and create a better understanding through sport. He also said this is a good opportunity to promote handball in schools which also gives another opportunity for clubs teams to participate in much needed tournaments. “The day will also consist of fun activities and food stalls so that it is more of festival rather than just a tournament,” he further states.
The event has been successful due to few organisations. Namely: venue sponsor Mount Lavinia Hotel; co platinum sponsor – XL Energy Drink of Nicholson Trading Ltd; co platinum sponsors - Singer Sri Lanka and Sanctioned by the Sri Lanka Handball Federation. Today beach handball is an integral part of the International Handball Federation.