Distribution of dry ration packets
Chairman, Randeer Rodrigo Foundation, Randeer Rodrigo
distributing the dry ration parcels Edwin Rodrigo also participated on
Randeer Rodrigo Foundation of Hendala Distributed dry
ration parcels among 750 needy families of low income group in the area
recently. The dry rations were blessed by the parish priest of St.
mary’s Church, Nayakakanda, Rev. Fr. Gregory Jayantha Fernando before
they were distributed.
“Film has to be physical”
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre
Date and time: December 10 - 20
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10
a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sir Oliver Goonetileke memorial
Daughter of Sir Oliver Goonetileke, Mrs. Wijesinghe,
awarding the Sir Oliver Goonetileke Memorial Award – Gold Medal to the
winner of the all-island English speech contest organised by National
Council of the YMCAs of Sri Lanka in association with Norwegian Church
Aid (NCA), Inesh Thureraja of S. Thomas Preparatory School, Colpety
Inesh will be representing Sri Lanka at the Asian English Speech Contest
to be held in Singapore next year
Save the Children provides Safe
Play Centres in Vavuniya
Save the Children in Sri Lanka handed over two permanent
buildings in Pavatkulam and Varikutiyoor DS divisions in Vavuniya
District last week, for the benefit of over 300 children to engage in
play and recreational activities. The buildings were declared open by
District Secretary Vavuniya, P.M.Charles who was the Chief Guest on the
There are I18 children from the village and 30 children from the welfare
camp for internally displaced persons in Pavatkulam while there are 168
children and 16 children from the welfare camp in Varikutiyoor. These
villages are isolated and the children are also at risk of being
recruited by armed groups. The centre will provide them a safe area to
play and read books in their free time and also do their studies and
The two buildings which were built at a cost of 600,000 rupees each were
co funded by Save the Children and UNICEF. In addition to the two
permanent buildings, Save the Children provided each of the centres with
indoor and outdoor play material stationery furniture and a play park
A ‘Silent Giant’ retires
Ajitha Wijesundere, the Senior Obstetrician at the Castle Street
Maternity Hospital Colombo, retired recently after serving 34 tranquil
years in the Health Department.
Born on August 21, 1948 to Arthur and Irene Wijesundere, he was
delivered by great obstetrician Sir Nicholas Attygalle himself. After
this auspicious beginning, his inclination to the field of maternity was
further inspired during his prelude at the Nursery of the Bishops School
His fantastic height made him the under 10 high jump champion at the
Royal Primary School, which he attended from 1954-1959 and his academic
brilliance was attested during this time by always coming first in the
During his tenure at the Royal College from 1960-1968, he excelled in
hockey where he represented the Colombo Schools.
He broadened his sporting career during his epoch at the Colombo Medical
Faculty from 1969-1974 where he captained the University of Colombo
Hockey and Water Polo teams.
Obtaining his MBBS in 1974 he commenced his medical career at the
Professorial Units of the Colombo Hospitals. He quickly obtained his
Master of Surgery and Membership of the UK Royal College after
proceeding to the United Kingdom for three yeas in 1979. Despite many
lucrative offers in the UK, he returned to Sri Lanka in 1982.
From then on, he served 20 years in hospitals outside Colombo,
principally in Polonnaruwa, Kuliyapitiya, Wathupitiwela and Gampaha
rendering a yeoman service in these peripheral hospitals. He recalls
giving anaesthesia for Caesars himself in those difficult days with
severe dearth of anaesthetists and his daily swim in the Parakrama
Samudraya with its picturesque sunset. He held fort when the LTTE
attacked Polonnaruwa and the IPKF retaliation descending opposite the
hospital in 300 convoys.
He must be the only obstetrician in the whole world to have personally
delivered all his children. The last, a footling breech, at Polonnaruwa,
without an episiotomy, he says to ‘safeguard his kingdom.’ No damage
done; she is now a medical student.
His expertise in surgery is legendary. When my own sister needed surgery
and when both of us were short listed as the surgeons, one good day I
find my name erased in favour of Ajitha FIGO the obstetric and Gynae
world congress awarded him the Outstanding Young Gynaecologist Award in
He has one son and two daughters. His wife, Dr. Anula Wijesundere’s an
outstanding physician herself, now at Jayewardenepura Hospital.
Ajitha in his nonchalant way never liked publicity. He was never seen in
TV discussions or in paper articles. That is why I call him a silent
giant: Giant, both physically and by ability, but silent.
Dr. Kalinga Nanayakkara
Schools U. 15 Scabble Championship
The annual U 15 scrabble Championships organized by
Lyceum International School Nugegoda was held recently at their
premises. Eighteen schools participated in this four games competition.
S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia made it three in a row when they
clinched this year’s trophy by Winning all the games. Musaeus College
Colombo were first runners-up whilst Lyceum Nugegopda were placed third.
Hejaas International School Mt. Lavinia won the award for the Highest
Number of bonus words played by a team and Yeshan Jayasuriya of St.
Thomas’ College Mount Lavina won the highest word score and also the
Highest Game Score awards. Shaini Wilson of Musaeus College was adjudged
the most outstanding player.
Chief Guest Mrs. Susila Vtiahrana, Princiapl, Lyceum Ratnapura,
distributed the main award.
Re. Celebration of International Children Day and International Elders
Day 2008 Under the guidance of Central Provincial councilor and
Chairperson of Sharmashakthi Organisation Mrs. Shanthini Kongahage,
organized a ceremony to celebrated the International Children’s day and
International Elders day recently at the Kadugannawa Urban Council Hall,
and to mark the above ceremony, Mrs. Shanthini Kongahage, specially
appealed to the Governor of Central Province to grant free transport
facilities to the elders.
Providing awareness programs for the rights of children in the district
level, and appeald to the Government and Non government organization to
protect the rights of children.
Provincial Councilor Mrs. Shanthin Kongahage, distributed the gift packs
to 100 children also distributed the gift packs to 100 Elderly persons
in this area.
Former Central Provincial Councilor Mr. Jayaweera Banda, participated as
special guest to this function.
Kala Eli Mangalya
Shiva Ranga Kalanikethanaya presents a Kala Eli Mangalya
of up-country dancing by seven students of the teacher Visharada Gayani
Shiwanthi Rathnayaka at 9 a.m. on December 11, at Sri Jayawardanarama
Viharaya, Colombo 8.
Musaeus guides celebrate diamond
23rd Colombo Guide Company attached to Musaeus College,
was started during the Principalship of late Clara Motwani. Freny Jilla
(nee Rustomjee) was the founder. The Company was registered at
Headquarters as 23rd Colombo on July 30, 1948.
A dinner to celebrate this important milestone will be held on Saturday,
December 13, at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, commencing 7 p.m. with the
participation of the present guides along with the Ex-23rd Colombo Club,
comprising former members of 23rd Colombo. Tickets are available at the
school (Upper Section) library.
Mahanama 2004 A/L Batch get-togather
The fourth batch party of the Mahanama College 2004 A/L
batch will be held at Hotel Manel, Maharagama (Near Wattegedara Junction
in front of NSB) on December 27, from 7 p.m. onwards. The purpose of the
event is the Registration of the 2004 batch with the College OBA. For
details please contract Arjuna on -0718099166 & Lahiru on - 0773879350.
The Cause Of Conflict In Relationship, organised by the Krishnamurti
Centre, at the Study Centre, Beddagana, Duwa Road, Kotte, at 10:30 a.m.
NULLTARIF Rock Concert
December 9, at 6 p.m.
NULLTARIF Rock Concert organised by the Goethe Institute Sri Lanka in
collaboration with Royal College will be held at the Navarangahala Hall,
Nulltarif, is a young and upcoming Rock Band from Stuttgart, known as
the “Newcomers” who rock. The band has established itself in Germany
through more than 200 performances. The four musicians from Stuttgart
give away their hearts wherever they are given free electricity. Their
texts are sometimes melancholic, witty or ironic and deal with all what
interests youngsters. Jules (vocals, guitar) Danny (vocals, guitar),
Denis (vocals, bass) and Tobi (drums) have stayed true to their music
over the years but always endeavour to produce new material. They are
also the recipients of numerous awards.
Visit their website: www.pussyprock.de for further information.
The Graduating Class of the Asian International
school will present a fashion show titled “Christmas Couture”
on December 10th at 7pm at the Cinnamon Grand
December 9 & 10
L’Appartement by Gilles Mimouni (115 minutes, 1998) in French with
English subtitles, at the Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes
Place, Colombo 7, at 3:00 and 6:30 p.m.
How the Grinch Stole The Christmas (2000, 104 minutes) at the American
Center, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3 at 6 p.m.
December 10 & 13
The Life Of Leonardo Da Vinci – IV by Renato Castellani, (1971, 270
minutes, Italy, Documentary, Colour, English), at the Vibhavi Academy,
38, New Jayaweeers Mawatha, Athul Kotte at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. and 1:30 to