Tharunyata Hetak - Realising the aspirations of youth
‘Tharunyata Hetak’ Chairman and Founder Namal Rajapaksa MP
Many youth have moved the world throughout the history. Countless
young men and women have ventured in to treacherous journeys, invented
life-altering products and set examples to the world as inventors,
artists, writers, revolutionaries, athletes etc.
Strong role models among the youth are the backbone of any country.
In making of such youth, many factors contribute in which guidance and
an opportunity giver is crucial as ephebiphobia and adultism have been
identified as factors existing across the globe preventing widespread
recognition of youth. A youth should be brought up as a good leader who
can always rise against the highest challenge facing it boldly.
Bearing this in mind Sri Lanka's most vibrant youth organization -
The Tharunyata Hetak - plan strategies and implement them from the
grass-roots level with a greater commitment to unite, develop and
nurture the youth of Sri Lanka together with a motto 'Let us strive
Rising popularity of a youthful leader who also celebrates his
25th birthday today.
Presenting awards to children
With their charismatic leader Namal Rajapaksa 'Tharunyata Hetak'
keeps the youth of today energized. Youth are the lifeblood of this
country and their interests should be alive in their hearts at all
times. Started originally as a sports organisation, Tharunyata Hetak
expanded into community service programs.
The Tharunyata Hetak youth organization works towards creating bonds
between the youth of Sri Lanka with mutual understanding, national
patriotism and development highlighting significant qualities of
goodwill, friendship and harmony. Sympathy surrounds Sri Lanka's
poignant history that has taken a number of young lives hence we are
dedicated to learn from our country's grave mistakes by ensuring that
youth are not wasted for unintelligible acts of suffering and rebellion.
We hope to instill faith and hope in the hearts and the minds of the
youth of Sri Lanka, the future generation that will take our country
forward, youth of the 'Tharunyata Hetak' states in their mission.
The organisation comprises several hardworking full-timers and over
500,000 members across the island from diverse social categories of the
urban societies as well as from the rural sector. Every district has
representatives and plenty of more volunteers working behind the scenes
at events and charities to ensure success. Sri Lankan youth from abroad
also come together with the vision and mission of this youth
organization to spread the message of peace and assist their brothers
and sisters sustain and come up in their lives. Their mission is to
accomplish equality among Sri Lankan youth under a vision guided by many
inspirational professionals and philosophers of the elder generation
including President Mahinda Rajapaksa and first lady Shiranthi
Yet, their road is not a bed of roses. Obstacles and objections are
plenty. Still they move on highlighting that one of the most important
qualities of a leadership is the ability to handle pressure without
actually losing your focus. Setting aside our differences, being
friendly with our neighbours, sharing common goals and beliefs is what
is vital, they say.
Hailing from a renowned political family, 'Tharunyata Hetak' leader
Namal has always been at the forefront to help people and offer
solutions to problems that are ever-present in this modern day. Namal is
determined to put aside differences like religion, caste, race, social
standing and financial status to strengthen peace and unity in Sri
Lanka. The objective may meet the target through arts, sports, education
or business. Still Tharunyata Hetak will accommodate full space to the
need at any given time. The Chairman and Founder of Tharunyata Hetak, a
better tomorrow for youth works to unite children of different
backgrounds. While this organisation is based in the southern coastal
town of Hambantota, Namal and the Tharunyata Hetak group travels to
various parts of the country canvassing for it.
Today the leader of the Tharunyata Hetak steps in to his 25th year of
his life and incidentally completes one year as one of the youngest MPs.
Lakshman Namal Rajapaksa was born on the 10th of April 1986 at the
Navaloka Hospital in Colombo to Shiranthi Rajapaksa and Mahinda Percy
Sports being in his blood Namal hopes to build bridges through
sports. Rugby was his passion during school and his commitment and
dedication for the game saw him being awarded national colours in the
Under 16 and Under 19 group. He also captained the national youth team,
with school colours for four years. He captained the Under 13, Under 15,
Under 17 and Under 19 rugby teams. Presently finishing a law degree at a
prestigious university in London, Namal also plays rugby for a club.
With exemplary leaders in the elder generation of his family and a
passion to work for the society Namal, being the leader of a leading
youth organization, will definitely bring success and glory to the youth
of Sri Lanka. Having started community development work ever since he
was 16 years, entering the 25th year of his life Namal will be at the
forefront of achieving as much as he can for Sri Lankan youth.