Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's prominent accessibility rights activist Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera was recognized for his contribution to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities at the inauguration of the Annual Conference 2017 of the Rotary District 3220 that includes Sri Lanka and the Maldives, held Friday at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo.
The Outstanding Achievement Award of the Rotary District 3220 was presented to Dr. Ajith Perera at the event by the chief guest Rotarian Barry Rassing, a member of the board of trustee of the Rotary Foundation representing the President of Rotary International Rtn. John F. Germ and Rotary District Governor Senake Amerasinghe.
It was a distinguished gathering of local and foreign dignitaries including Immediate Past Rotary International President K. Ravindran and key leaders of Rotary Clubs Island wide.
The award was made in recognition and appreciation of Dr. Perera's exceptional positive contributions to bringing lasting change in the community, undeterred by his personal adversity, playing voluntarily eight different roles over 17 consecutive years to promote Accessibility Rights, focusing on enhancement of the quality of daily life of people of all abilities, very much in keeping with "Rotary Serving Humanity".
Dr Ajith C S Perera is a Chartered Chemist by profession who became a victim of paraplegia in 1992 consequent to a natural accident by a tree crashing on to his car during stormy weather.
From 1997 he has been a channel campaigning in Sri Lanka as an 'accessibility mentor' on disability issues pioneering and advising how to facilitate environments for everyone.
Rotary, with the motto Service above Self, is a global network of 1.2 million members in 35,000 plus clubs who have come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.
This year's program was organized by a special committee under the leadership of the Rotary District Governor 2016/17 Senake Amerasinghe. A Paul Harris Fellow, he is the Chairman Carmart and also the Honorary Consul for Austria.
Speaking at the occasion Rotarian Amarasinghe said "Perhaps it was the first time that a social organization in this country have taken the initiative befittingly to recognize an eminent professional with significant restrictions on his physical ability for his ability and significant contributions made over two decades in positively impacting society."