Sri Lanka Association of NSW Christmas Party
890 B   Nov 23, 2013
The occasion was marked by a Christmas message from Sri Lanka Association President Mr Rajan Wijey welcoming Sri Lankans and Australians from all backgrounds to the function and noting that as the oldest and broadest Sri Lankan community organisation in the State, the SLA is ideally positioned to serve as a forum for collaboration between all Sri Lankan community organisations in pursuit of their common goals.
In this spirit, President Wijey (on behalf of the Association) led by example in presenting a donation to Father Chrishantha Kumara (Chaplain to the Sri Lankan Catholic Community) to support the Wimaladarmasuriya Roman catholic school, Moragoda, Gampaha.
Of course none of this would have been possible without the tireless dedication of SLA interior decoration extraordinaires Nelum Joachim, Saadia De Silva, Nargis Jayawickrema, Dr Gnani Thenabadu and Jalini Wijey who selflessly sacrificed their nights to weave some Christmas magic - transforming an otherwise drab community centre hall into a red and white playground resplendent with classy display window style silver and green conifer branches.
Special credit to Nelum Joachim, Dr Gnani Thenabadu and others who (with donations from the SLA Committee) compiled eight gourmet Christmas hampers including one of them donated by former Vice- President, Omar Sheriff who also arranged the first prize donated by Selva Savarimuttu for the fundraising efforts on the Night.