Donation of Rs.563, 308.00 worth of equipment to
A group of professionals and
friends in the UK lead by Mr. Jayantha Herath and Nimal Rodrigo,
made an organised donation worth of Rs.563,308.00, to Ranaviru
Sevana, Ragama on Tuesday, 24th March 2009. This donation was
made up with 38 Wheel Chairs, 31 Pairs of Elbow Crutches and
some other urgent needs for the use of disabled war heroes. This
donation was organised just in one week, with the help of close
friends. An Egyptian national, a Hungarian national and also a
Tamil family have joined the donation by presenting wheel
chairs. The other most important thing was the participants were
not the donors, but their relatives in Sri Lanka. The ceremony
was held at Ranaviru Sevana with Brig. Sriyani Warusawitharana
attended as the chief guest. Many disabled war heroes attended
the function and the event was made colourful and joyous with
added music by Ranaviru Band.
At the end of the donation, the
relatives of donors were accompanied by officers to the wards,
and gift parcels were presented to the warded war heroes.
Date: Monday, 06th April 2009)
Sri Lankans in Canada donated Rupees 3 million to
Api Wenuwen Api Fund
Sri Lankans living in Canada have
donated rupees 3 million to the Api Wenuwn Api fund maintained
by the Ministry of Defence. Sri Lanka's Consular General in
Toronto, Bandula Jayasekara handed over the cheque to His
Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, at the
Temple Trees today (Apr 1). The Sri Lankan expatriates in living
in the Greater Toronto area, have made the donation to show
their gratitude to the Armed Forces fighting to rid their
motherland of terrorism.
Date: Thursday, 02nd April 2009)
Sri Lankan expatriates in Dubai make donation to
Rana Viru Sevana - Ragama
Sri Lankan staffers of the
Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai have made a cash donation
through the 'Helabima Organisation', facilitating welfare of
disabled war heroes at the Ragama Rana Viru Sevana on March
26th. The cash cheque worth of Rs. 179,801 was handed over to
the Adjutant General of Army Headquarters, Maj. Gen Jayantha
Perera by Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero, the current advisor to
the Helabima Organisation.
Date: Tuesday, 31st March 2009)
Majesty Natural Food & Chemicals' make donation to
'Api Wenuwen Api'
Jayarathne, Managing Director of Majesty Natural Food and
Chemicals (Export) Ltd, Dompe made a donation worth of Rs.
2,500,000 to the 'Api Wenuwen Api' fund on March 20th Friday.
The donation was received by Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya
Rajapaksa at the Ministry of Defence premises. Senior journalist
and defence columnist of 'Lankadeepa' Mr. Duminda Sanjeewa
Balasooriya was also present at the occasion. The 'Api Wenuwen
Api' fund was established under the directives of Secretary
Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa for facilitating the mega housing
project of 50,000 housing units for security forces personnel.
Date: Monday, 23rd March 2009)
'Jumirah International' employees donate for 'Api
Wenuwen Api' fund
worth of Rs. 283,491 was made to the Ministry of Defence 'Api
Wenuwen Api' fund for the welfare of security forces personnel
by Sri Lankan employees of the 'Jumirah International Company
Ltd, based in Dubai. The cash cheque was handed over to
Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Mr. Salitha Priyanga,
representing employees of Jumirah International.
Date: Monday, 23rd March 2009)
Api wenuwen Api UK Successfully Reaches £100,000 Goal
Officially launched on 6 May 2008 at the Sri Lankan High
Commission, the campaign raised £94,108 net profit in less than
five months under the guidance of Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe
and with the support of Sri Lankans living in the UK. Even until
March 2009 donations were still being received from our
On 15 March a dinner, organised by the Api wenuwen Api UK
committee, was held at the Prince of Ceylon restaurant where
Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe handed a cheque for £6,794 to H.E.
High Commissioner Justice Nihal Jayasinghe bringing the grand
total of funds raised to over £100,000. Dinner guests were
entertained by live music from the Sky High band.
Mr Nalin Perera hosted the event and Mr Chanaka Dissanayake gave
a speech of appreciation to Brig. Samarasinghe. H.E. the High
Commissioner praised Brig Samarasinghe's dedication to the Api
wenuwen Api campaign while expertly managing his schedule as a
defence adviser. He invited all Sri Lankans willing to support
similar worthy causes to get in touch with the High Commission
and emphasised the High Commissions willingness to work closely
Brig. Samarasinghe gave special thanks to all individuals and
organisations for their contribution and support to the Api
wenuwen Api UK campaign. He further thanked H.E President
Mahinda Rajapakse, H.E. High Commissioner Nihal Jayasinghe,
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse, Army, Navy and Air Force
commanders for their commitment and support. Brig Prasad
Requested all Sri Lankans to be united and encouraged them to
work closely with the High Commission on future campaigns.
H.E. the High Commissioner presented Brig. Samarasinghe tokens
of appreciation on behalf of the Api wenuwen Api UK committee
for his dedicated service as the defence adviser in the UK. Sky
High band also presented a gift in appreciation of his valuable
service to the Sri Lankans in UK and our Motherland.
Donation worth of Rs. 200,000 made for 'Api Wenuwen Api' fund
worth of Rs. 200,000 was made for the 'Api Wenuwen Api' fund by
Mr. Shantha Wickramasinghe at the Ministry of Defence today
(March 12). Mr. Wickramasighe a resident at Horton Place,
Colombo made the donation as a mark of gratitude for the Sri
Lankan security forces, who are engaged in an untiring effort to
free the island from the scourge of terrorism.
The cash cheque
was received by Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The 'Api
Wenuwen Api' fund was established by Ministry of Defence in
cooperation with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for the
construction of 50,000 houses for armed forces personnel.
Telecom donated over Rs 300,000 to the 'Api Wenuwen Api' fund:
contributions made by its employees for the construction of
houses for security forces personnel. The donation was handed
over to Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa made on Monday
(March 9) during a charm event held at the ministry premises.
The fund was
raised by employees from the Sri Lanka Telecom Man Power
Solutions Department, Customer Care & Field Offices and Call
Panawala, Ms. WAES De Silva, Mrs. RR Perera, Mr. DSWJ
Danthasingha, Mr. Ranjith G Rubasinghe, Ms. ACJ Asuramana, Mr.
MKCP Mudunkotuwa and Mr. MS Mangala also participated at the
event representing Sri Lanka Telecom.
Seva Vanitha Unit donates house to disabled war hero
have sacrificed their lives and limbs to protect the motherland
in the Elam war. The Seva Vanitha Unit of the Defence Ministry
strives to up lift the living conditions of these brave war
heroes. A new house was donated to Sagara Silva who was disabled
during the war, by the Chairperson of the Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs.
Ioma Rajapaksa on 9th March.
Sagara Silva a
resident of Kudavaskaduwa was born on the 29th of March 1981 to
Mrs. Seelavathi Silva and Mr. Somadasa Silva at the Nagoda
Government Hospital. He completed his primary education up to
Grade 10 at the Deldoowa Primary School and was the third in the
family. After finishing his school education he decided to join
the Sri Lanka Army and accordingly on the 21st of February 2001
he joined the Sri Lanka Army Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment.
Afterwards he was stationed in Muhamalai, Poonani, Trincomalee,
Mannar and Adampan areas during his tenure. He was wounded at
Adampan area on the 07th of March 2008 when anti-personnel mine
exploded unfortunately. This brave soldier has lost both legs
and is only 27 years of age. He married around 4 years ago and
is a proud father of a ten month old infant.
As this brave
soldier had no home or land to his name a donation of a house
with all modern facilities in Navagamuwa area was made under the
patronage of the Chairperson of the Ministry of Defence Seva
Chairman of the
National Lotteries Board Mr. Upali Liyanage, General Manager Mr.
Jayasinghe, Regiment Commander of the Vijayabahu Infantry
Regiment Major General G.P.R De Silva, Director of the Army
Additional Welfare Director Board Brigadier R.V Samarathunga,
Additional Secretary (Adminstration) of the Ministry of Defence
Mrs. Indu Rathnayake and members of the Seva Vanitha Unit were
present at the occasion.
Dialog Telecom donates Rs. 2m to 'Api Wenuwen Api' fund
Ltd donated a sum of Rs. 2million to the 'Api Wenuwen Api' fund
for the welfare of war heroes on March 9, at the Ministry of
The cash cheque
was handed over to Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa by
the Chairman of Dialog Telecom Dr. Hans Wijesooriya officially.
Recently, Dialog telecom launched a special recharged card worth
of Rs. 400 in which Rs.100 was credited to a special fund for
the welfare of war heroes with every individual sale made during
the month of February.
Perera and Mr. Pradeep Kirthirathna represented the Dialog
Company while Mr. Thivanka Jayakodi, Mr.M.M. Mohamad Isar and
Mr. J.G.E Gunesekara represented the Dialog Recharge card
distributors at the event.