SL Embassy in Japan Raises Donation for War Heroes
The Embassy of
Sri Lanka in Japan in collaboration with Sri Lanka Association
in Japan organized a cultural/musical programme in support of
welfare of the families of the armed forces. The event was held
at Nova Hall in Tsukuba City on 4th January 2009. Over 1200 Sri
Lankans attended the event. Well known artistes from Sri Lanka
were flown by courtesy of SriLankan Airlines to perform at the
It was possible
to raise a donation of Rs 4 million from this event which will
be channeled to an appropriate relevant welfare institution in
The Sri Lanka
Business Council in Japan, Sri Lanka Students Council in Japan,
Sri Lankan business entrepreneurs and individuals extended their
fullest support in organizing the event.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had conveyed a special message of
felicitation for the success of the event.
Sky High Musical Night Donations for Api wenuwen Api presented
to HE High Commissioner
donation of �2012 received from supporters and sponsors at the
Sky High Musical night was presented to H.E. the High
Commissioner Justice Nihal Jayasinghe by Manjula Munasinghe of
Sky High Band and Saliya Ekanayake of Haydon School on 16
December at 4.30pm.
Commissioner thanked all the organisers and Sky High Band for
their commitment to the Api Wenuwen Api UK programme.
Kapila Jayasena, and organisers Chanaka Dissanayake and
Dushmantha Wijekoon were also present. Defence Advisor Brigadier
Prasad Samarasinghe was unable to attend due to an official
Sky High Musical Night Raised �2012 for Api wenuwen Api
The musical night
organised by Sky High Band and Saliya Ekanayake of Haydon School
was a colorful evening for lovers of the Motherland Sri Lanka.on
Saturday 29 November. Hosted by Chanaka Dissanayake, the night
was a spectacular feast of musical and dance entertainment.
Palpita Mahinda Thera from Kingsbury temple initiated the
programme with Seth Shanthi and Chief Guest HE High Commisioner
Justice Nihal Jayasinghe, Dr Handru Palpita Mahinda Thera,
Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, Manjula Munasinghe from Sky High
band, Saliya Ekanayake and Wayne Milson from Haydon School lit
the traditional oil lamp.
Commissioner Justice Nihal Jayasinghe and Brigadier Prasad
Samarasinghe thanked all those present and those involved for
their dedication and effort in supporting the Api Wenuwen Api UK
Samarasinghe was awarded an engraved plaque in recognition of
his dedicated services and contribution to Api wenuwen Api
campaign in UK, by Sky High band and the Api wenuwen Api UK
Sky High band, who
have supported the Api wenuwen Api UK project in many ways
organised this event in support of Api wenuwen Api UK. The band
thrilled the audience with a medley of disco, rock, hindi and
Sri Lankan, baila music.
Top Sri Lankan
fashion designer Chula Nanayakkara Ariyaratna, showcased her
personally hand crafted sarees to a fascinated audience,
including beautifully ornamented and hand embroidered
traditional Kandyan Nilame and Kandyan groom costumes.
A short documentary
video of the Ranajayapura housing project constructed under the
Api wenuwen Api project showed those present the final
destination of their heartfelt donations. The revelry and
merriment went on until the early hours of the morning. The
raffle draw saw a lavish award of fabulous prizes donated by
Comtech Logic Ltd. The night ended with Api Okkoma Rajawaru song
and the Sri Lankan national anthem.
this event will be donated to Api Wenuwen Api housing project at
Sri Lanka High Commission.
Photograph by Sisira Maddumage
and Nimal Navaratna
A Special Remembrance and Thanksgiving Service for the Armed
"Remembrance and Thanksgiving" service for those of the Sri
Lankan Armed Forces who have died in past and present wars and
for those currently fighting to defeat terrorism, was held at
The Parish of St. Mary Magdalen, Peter Avenue, Willesden Green,
London on 29th November at 2.30pm. The guest of honour was Sri Lanka UK High Commissioner
H.E. Justice Nihal Jayasinghe and Mrs Jayasinghe.
Jana Handa Foundation-UK Donated 65 Wheel Chairs to Army
Foundation, UK President, Mr Srilal Dias and Members of the
foundation handed over 65 Wheel chairs to H.E.Justice Nihal
Jayasinghe, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the UK, to be
sent to the Sri Lanka Army Hospital as a donation. Mr Suresh
Fernando also handed over 5 battery operated disabled scooters,
as a donation. Mr David Gunawardena, Ceylinco Consolidated
handed over the
for the consignment of donated items to be shipped to Sri Lanka.
Defence adviser Brigadier Prasad Samarasingha was also present.
High Commissioner Justice Nihal Jayasinghe at the presentation of the final accounts relating to �Api Wenuwen Api' UK programme by the organising committee on 7th November 2008 at the High Commission said that the promotional events conducted in the UK in September 2008 had met with tremendous success. Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe presented the final accounts in the presence of the committee members who worked with high level of commitment in making the project a resounding success. The UK programme has netted a record profit of UK Pounds 94,108.00 towards the service personnel housing project, which according to observers a remarkable achievement.
�Api Wenuwen Api� is a project initiated by the Ministry of Defence dedicated for providing much needed housing facilities for both serving and disabled service personnel of the armed forces in Sri Lanka in appreciation of their services to the Motherland.
The High Commissioner further said that he would like to take that opportunity to extend his sincere appreciation to all the Sri Lankans who rose to the occasion and made generous contribution towards the �Api Wenuwen Api� fund raising programme demonstrating their patriotism and concern for the service personnel.
While thanking the organising committee for a job well done, he commended the commitment and sense of responsibility demonstrated by the committee members throughout the events held in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Bank of Ceylon UK
Branch Manager, Mr Siril Madadeniya, presented a �2500 cheque to
H.E the High Commissioner Justice Nihal Jayasinghe for the UK
Api Wenuwen Api campaign on the 28 October 2008 at the Sri
Lankan High Commission in London. Defence Advisor Brigadier
expressed deep gratitude to Mr. Madadeniya on behalf of the Api
Wenuwen Api Team UK. Picture By Nimal Nawarathne
We would like to thank all who helped the Api Wenuwen Api � UK
campaign to raise funds to build houses for the deserving
Tri-Services Personnel of Sri Lanka.
Your dedication, time, effort, contribution and commitment made
the three Cultural and Musical Shows in London, Birmingham,
Manchester a reality. The support given by the Sinhala, Tamil,
Muslim, Burgher and other communities in UK in supporting this
worthy cause shows the unity that makes us proud to be Sri
Your support has and will make a difference to the Tri-Services
Personnel for years to come. Your continued support will help us
express our appreciation to the brave men and women who work to
bring peace and protect the sovereignty of Sri Lanka.
Api Wenuwen Api �UK Organising Committee