Someone asked the anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978), "What is the first sign you look for, to tell you of an ancient civilization?" The interviewer had in mind a tool or article of clothing. Ms. Mead surprised him by answering, a "healed femur". When someone breaks a femur, they can't survive to hunt, fish or escape enemies unless they have help from someone else. Thus, a healed femur indicates that someone else helped that person, rather than abandoning them and saving themselves.
That’s what volunteering at Sri Lanka Unites is about. Healing femurs- helping people realize their great potential rather than abandoning them.
The first day of volunteer training for FLC – Season 4 occurred at St. Peter’s College in Colombo last Saturday. Former and returning volunteers shared the experiences they had accumulated working at the previous three conferences, and provided encouragement for the newer members of the volunteer team.
Volunteers are the backbone of Sri Lanka Unites and it is only with the assistance of dedicated volunteers that we can rise to meet the challenge of hosting an event of this magnitude. Volunteers at the conference will be responsible for leading teams of 30 students along with two other co-team leaders. They will motivate their teams, discuss reconciliation issues with them and encourage them to build strong bonds with each other. The second volunteer training will be held this Saturday at St. Peter’s College.