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Sri Lanka Malay Association – 87th AGM

The 87th Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Malay Association, the oldest Malay Association in Sri Lanka, which was established on January 22, 1922, was held on March 28, 2009, at the Padang Complex, Jalan Padang, Colombo 2.
Persatuan Melayu Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Malay Association)
General Council for the Year 2009 - 2010

Patron Sdr M K X Sabar

Vice Patrons Sdr. B Dhaglan Lye Al Haj T B Dulapandan
Sdri Marina Lye Al Haj M H Sourjah
Al Haj T E J Cuttilan Sdr B.M.N.Jurangpathy
Al Haj T M A Raheem Sdr Thalip F Iyne
Sdr M Thaha Mohamed Al Haj T Mahamoor Rajudin
Sdr B D K Saldin Brig: T S B Sally
Hajiani Felicia Mohamed Sdri Indra Saldin
Sdri Farida Deane

President Sdr Iqram Cuttilan

Immediate Past President Sdr T Yunus Raheem

Vice Presidents Sdr Thaj Sariffo`deen Brig T M Bohoran
Al Haj Tuan Z Assen Sdr M M J Jaffar
Sdr Mashood Ahamat Sdr Taslim Rahaman
Kala Kartini Mohamed Sdr Rohan Musafer Sdri Shanaz Bohoran Sdr Rilwan Lantra

Hon Gen Secretary Sdr Juragan Majid
Hon Asst Secretary Sdri Shervonne Lantra
Hon Treasurer Sdr.Thaj Lantra
Hon Asst Treasurer Sdr. Shiraz Sabar

Social Services Committee
Chairperson Hajiani Inaya Ahamat
Secretary Sdri Sabrina Jayah

Religious Affairs & Janaza Fund Committee
Chairperson Sdri Shafeena Fajudeen
Secretary Sdri Niameth Raheem

Women’s Affairs Committee
Chairperson Sdri Malreen Lantra
Secretary Sdri Hazeline Cuttilan

Literary & Cultural Affairs Committee
Chairman Sdri Zaheeda Ousmand
Secretary Sdri Nazreen Allang

Research, Documentation Study & Communications Committee
Chairperson Sdr Rinaldin Rahaman
Secretary Sdr Shakeel Miskin

Committee Sdri Florine Amit Sdri Marlene Dole
Sdr Hussein Jayah Sdr Tuan Raliff
Hajiani Kumala Assen Sdri Haleema Booso
Sdri Merzumi Majid Sdri Zeenia Camball Sdr Siraj Saboor Sdri Meliha Samsudeen

Editor Sdri Fazeeha Shohorab

Ex-officio Uvaiz Samsudeen President CMCC
Mirza Fajudeen Club Captain - CMCC
Soekarno Ousmand Gen. Secretary CMCC
Umar Samsudeen Ground & Pavilion Secretary
Desh Chasnyn Musafer President – SLMA Rupee Fund
Ramalee Adjumain Gen. Secretary – SLMA Rupee

Earth Day 2009

The U.S. Embassy donated sets of Earth Day posters to several institutes including the Central Environment Authority, University of Peradeniya, National Botanic Gardens, several schools, public and national libraries and the American Corners in Kandy and Oluvil, to mark the World Earth Day 2009. The posters, which feature the theme of pollinators and pollination, describe the importance and need to protect pollinators, their role in agriculture, and the mystery of Colony Collapse Disorders in the bee population.

Horlicks “Tall Strong and Smart” kids win BIG!

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare – one of the country’s leading Healthcare Companies awarded the winners of the Horlicks ‘Tall, Sharp & Strong’ (TSS) Challenge with attractive gifts recently.
The Horlicks TSS challenge which kicked off in January 2009 at leading Cargills Food City, Arpico Super Centre and Keells Super outlets reached its grand finale on April 5. The activation enabled kids to try out the new improved Horlicks and subsequently take part in a series of activities based on Horlicks’ Tall, Strong & Smart theme every week-end.

Games such as a mini basket ball contest where the kids were judged based on the ‘Tall’ factor, an energy meter to reach the highest point in the shortest time to test their Strength and a Smart computer game were among the challenges the children were exposed to. The winner of the challenge was awarded the grand prize of a Play station 2, the first runner up was awarded a mountain bicycle and the 2nd runner up received the latest edition of the Encyclopedia CD set.

Horlicks is a much-loved drink among both the children and their mothers as it not only provides the nutrients required for a child’s well-being but is also a delicious beverage which comes in the flavors of malt & chocolate. Horlicks consists of vitamins and minerals which gives balanced nutrition for healthy growth of a child.
The top ten scorers of each game and the overall top ten scorers of the competition could check their scores on the official Horlicks website which was launched as an innovative means of updating the participants on the results of the competitions. The website was uploaded on a weekly basis during the course of the promotion.

Master Dulan Wijesuriya was selected as the 1st runner up while Master Rashwin Fernando emerged as the Champion of the Horlicks TSS Challenge 2009.

Dreams of Ice Cream until April 30

Experience the array of chilly delights: Chocolate Fortune, Pineapple Truitty Fruitty, Berry Bombe Coconut and Malibu Ice, Iced Apple Cream, Galadari Triple at Galadari Hotel, Colombo.

Chocolate Fortune, Pineapple Truitty Fruitty, Berry Bombe Coconut and Malibu Ice, Iced Apple Cream Galadari Triple

Kuwait Bakmaha Ulela on May 1

The 23rd Bakmaha Ulela organised by the Kuwait Sri Lanka Cultural Association will be held on May 1 at the Hawali Kadhsiya Grounds, Kuwait.

This event, held with the support of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait will consist of all the Avurudhu cultural events including fancy dress parades and selection of Kuwait Avurdhu Kumari.

Local artistes including Supriya Abeysekera, Nimal Ranjith, Srinimal Padmakumara, and Hemanalin Karunaratne will also grace the event.

More holistic approach for suicide prevention

A work of Colombo South Branch of Sumithrayo

In the past, the ethos of befriending practised by Sumithrayo was to focus on the emotional situation faced by the individual and thereby ensuring the caring, understanding and support needed by that person to overcome the situation.

During the outreach programmes conducted by the Colombo South Branch of Sumithrayo (at Ethul Kotte) they came to realise the pressures faced by school children who come from broken homes, others who have to achieve examination results better than the best and still others facing emotional problems and are burdened beyond their age. Keeping this in mind, Colombo South Branch of Sumithrayo organised an all-island essay competition with the title ‘The Importance of Developing Decision-Making Skills and Coping Skills Amongst School Children.’

According to their experience, having good decision-making skills and coping skills will help an individual to have greater self-confidence to face the day-to-day challenges, keeping them from being lured by undesirable compulsions such as tobacco, alcohol, drugs, premarital/extramarital sex, etc.- all of which can lead to emotional problems.

With the auspicious of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Services, the Colombo South Branch of Sumithrayo is now making a concerted endeavour to open up a new chapter in enhancing the lives of the rural communities with a view to reducing suicides in Sri Lanka.

Colombo South Branch of Sumithrayo has risen from very humble beginnings and is now a leader in the field of befriending and Social Services.

The Vision and Mission of the Colombo South Branch of Sumithrayo is to bring down the rate of suicides to a minimum number and if possible right down to zero and make Sri Lanka a suicide free country. They realise this is ambitious but the Director quoted the Chinese Philosopher Lao-Pzu “the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” and to take it further, quoted the American Politician Adlai Stevenson who said “the journey of thousand leagues begin with a single step, so we must never neglect any work within our reach however small.”
In pursuance of their new vision they have carried out the following projects so far for this year:

(a) Train the trainers; the first batch of teachers, hospital staff and police officers has completed their initial training programme and further training programmes are in the pipeline.

(b) Consequent to 5,600 schools from all over the island being intimated regarding the essay competition many schools had responded enthusiastically. It had been open to Ordinary Level and Advanced Level students and had been conducted in Sinhalese. The Principals of schools had been very supportive. The Director (Sinhala), Rodrigue from the Education Ministry (Sri Jayawardenapura Zone) and a team of teachers appointed by him had helped to mark the papers. The Council of Management and volunteers of the Colombo South Branch are extremely grateful for their unstinted support.

16 computers were gifted by the Colombo South Branch of Sumithrayo to the winning students from both the junior and senior categories, from the 8 provinces that participated, the funds being raised by the sale of raffle tickets and donations. In this regard they are grateful to all the sponsors.

250 Merit Certificates were awarded too.
With Prof Carlo Fonseka as the Chief Guest, this prize giving ceremony was held on March 21, 2009. The keynote address delivered by Prof Fonseka on the topic ‘The Importance of Developing Decision-Making Skills and Coping Skills Amongst School Children’ was extremely valuable to both students and parents. He ended the speech playing a song composed by him and sung by Pandith Amaradeva that gave much food for thought to all those present at the ceremony. 650 were present consisting of students, principals, teachers and families of the winning students. As the majority were from distant areas they were served breakfast as they arrived and lunch before leaving. The highlights of the cultural segment were the dance items wonderfully performed by the students of Anada Balika Vidyalaya, Kotte and Mahamaya Vidyalaya, Nugegoda.

The plea of Colombo South Sumithrayo is that they will have more assistance and encouragement to make their dreams come true.