Ray Wijewardene website launched

Mission to inspire local inventors

The late Ray Wijewardene’s official website was launched at the British Council, Colombo on September 28, 2011 at a gathering of family, friends and associates organised by the Ray Wijewardene Charitable Trust (RWCT) in partnership with the British Council and TVE Asia Pacific. The launch of the website is the first in a series of activities envisioned by the Trust, which has been created to recognize and support innovation in the fields of sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, engineering and aeronautics, all disciplines that were pursued and encouraged by Ray Wijewardene.

www.raywijewardene.net will record the work of the illustrious Sri Lankan engineer and inventor, his achievements and accolades. In addition to its role as a memorial and a way of promoting his vision for self-reliance, innovation and sustainable development in Sri Lanka, the site will serve as an important interface for interaction with the RWCT.

The Trust headed by the Chairman, Professor Malik Ranasinghe (Vice Chancellor, University of Moratuwa), was conceived in response to the many tributes and appreciations that were published after Ray’s passing in August 2010. It was established in early 2011 with an ambitious vision to nurture and support innovation in Sri Lanka. The trust also hopes to establish an award titled ‘The Ray’, which will recognise and encourage on-going innovation and enterprise in an area of public interest and benefit related to renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and sustainable transport solutions.

The Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Anil Gupta in partnership with the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka at the IESL in December.
The RWCT is in the process of identifying like-minded partners to build and nurture the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka. The charitable Trust will be seeking donations and corporate sponsorships to cover the cost of its activities in the public interest. It is also exploring mutually beneficial partnerships with relevant academic and professional bodies.

The website was designed and built entirely voluntarily by TVE Asia Pacific (TVEAP) www.tveap.org which is a regionally operating, non-profit media foundation that communicates sustainable development through television, video and the web. It is both a producer and distributor of educational video films for broadcast, civil society and educational uses and geographical locations.
The website introduces Ray Wijewardene as ‘a man for all elements’, and showcases his personal logo that symbolised the integration of the four elements in eastern philosophy: water, fire, air and matter/Earth. The logo has now been adopted by RWCT.

The website also has a photo gallery that includes many hitherto unseen images drawn from the Wijewardene family albums and various institutional and media sources, detailing many stages of his colourful life.
These offer glimpses of Ray’s education, training, career and leisure activities that took him to the universities of Cambridge and Harvard, international service with the United Nations and the Olympics and Asian games and back to the grassroots in Sri Lanka.

A link to a Facebook page dedicated to Ray Wijewardene offers web visitors opportunity to interact and share. There are also external links to tributes that were published in the media following his death in August 2010.
The creation of the website is the Trust’s first public activity to preserve Ray’s legacy, and an important first step in the breeding and nurturing of innovation in Sri Lanka.


Sanda Madale Sita

The felicitation concert titled ‘Sanda Madale Sita’, for lyricist Saman Chandranath Weerasinghe was held on September 30 at the John De Silva Memorial Hall, Colombo. Renowned artistes such as Professor Sanath Nandasiri, Sunil Edirisighe, Victor Ratnayaka, Keerthi Pasquel, Madumadawa Aravinda and up and coming Mario Ananda, son of Gratien Ananda performed at the ceremony.
Two song CDs titled Sanda Madale Sita and Sanda Lekha, containing 36 of his much loved songs, including classics such as Waadakayaneni by Sunil Edirisighe, Naambara Goyamata by Gunadasa Kapuge, Ranwan Ranhiru by W. D. Amaradewa, Sondura Mata Samudenna by D. D. Gunasena , Senda Ahasa by Victor Ratnayaka, Randuwewi Yaalu Wewi by Chandrika Siriwardena and Suni Siriwardena, Samakoni Thrikonayaki by Dayaratna Ranatunga, Bindak Randee by H. R. Jothipala, and Sathara Watin Kalukaragena by Sujatha Attanayaka were also launched on this occasion. (Pix by Rukshan Abeywansa)


BCAS Campus Annual Funfiesta 2011

British College of Applied Studies, Colombo celebrated the culmination of their Annual Funfiesta on September 27 at Hotel Ranmuthu. Abdul Rahuman Chairman BCAS, Suriya Bibila, Premila from Edexcel Country Office Sri Lanka, the entire team of BCAS’ academic and non-academic staff and students participated in the celebrations. The Samurai House emerged this year’s overall champions while Gladiators became the first runners-up and the Vikings and the Knights jointly got second runners-up award.


Blood donation programme at Galle Face Hotel

Sanjeev Gardiner, Chairman of Galle Face Hotel Group and Mavis Gardiner together with the welfare society of the hotel participated in the blood donation programme held at the hotel recently, in remembrance of their Late Chairman Cyril Gardiner. The staff of the hotel donated blood with the assistance of the Blood Bank staff.