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Cricket game between Sri Lanka Lions Sports Club & Instant Cricketers for the “Non Benders” shield – photos & report are by Jon Karu

The annual cricket game between Sri Lanka Lions Sports Club & Instant Cricketers for the “Non Benders” shield, which was postponed in 2018, was finally played on Sunday 24th February 2019 at Ollie Webb Reserve, Merrylands, NSW.

The game was played under the usual special rules of 35 overs per team of 13 players but only 11 were allowed to field at any one time, maximum of only five (5) overs per bowler and a Maximum of 30 runs per batsmen.

The official Head umpire was Michael Dunn

The two teams that took to the field were…..

For the Sri Lanka Lions: ( disappointingly only 11 turned up !!! )

Prasanna Kariyawasam ( ex- Royal, Colombo ), Ruwan Atukorale ( ex- Issipatana)

Lalith Fernando ( ex-Wesley), Nihal Ramanayake  ( ex –S Thomas, Mt Lavinia )

Jit Kumarage ( ex- St Anthonys, Katugastote ), Gamini Jayawardena ( ex-Richmond, Galle )

Janaka Ranawaka  ( ex – Mahinda, Galle) , Gamini Samarasinghe ( ex –Mahinda, Galle)

Priya Mudoon ( ex – Ananda , Colombo), Yohan Wijesinghe  (ex– St Peters, Colombo) 

Siri Kamalasuriya ( ex– Sri Jayawardenapura M. V., Kotte ). 

 

For The  Instant Cricketers

Jerome Gasperson ( ex -S.Thomas, Mt.Lavinia),  Stanley Jayanthakumar ( ex -S.Thomas, Mt Lavinia),

Raj Karunairatnam ( ex -Royal, Colombo), Janar Weerasingham ( ex-Royal, Colombo),

Shantha Kulasingham ( ex-Wesley), Maximus Anandappa ( ex- De Mazenod College, Kandana)

Mathi Chelliah ( ex-Colombo Hindu),  Mani Manimaran ( ex-Hartley, Jaffna), ), 

Macky Rajakone ( ex-St. Johns, Jaffna), Ashok Punnudurai (ex-St .Johns, Jaffna),

Mark Ravindran ( ex-Jaffna Central), Milson Sivagadadchham ( ex-Jaffna Central)

Santhan Pathmanandavel (ex- Kamwala Secondary school , Lusaka, Zambia)

 

The toss was won by The Instant Cricketers and they opted to bowl.

The Sri Lanka lions (skippered by Gamini Jayawardena) after a slow start (thanks to one of the openers, who happened to be an ex Royal skipper  J ) ended up scoring 132 all out in their allotted 35 overs .

The main contributors to the score :

Priya Mudoon 33 retired ( inc.2 fours & 7 twos), Gamini Jayawardena 23 ( inc.3 fours & 1 two), Gamini Samarasinghe 16 (inc.1 four & 4 twos), Janaka Ranawak 12 (inc.2 fours),

 Pras Kariyawasam 12 ( only 2 twos in that score !!!! ) & Jit Kumarage 11

Wicket takers for “The Instant Cricketers” were:

Jerome Gasperson 3 for 12 off 3 overs, Mark Ravindran 2 for 12 off 5 overs,

Max Anandappa 1 for 13 off 4 overs, Ashok Ponnudurai  1 for 12 off 4 overs &

Janar  Weerasingham 1 for 08 off 3 overs.

In reply The Instant cricketers chased down the required runs for the loss of only 5 wickets in 29 overs.

The main contributors to the score

Stanley Jayanthakumar 30 retired ( inc.2 sixes & 2 fours),  Jerome Gasperson 26 retired (inc.3 fours),

Ashok Ponnudurai 26 retired ( inc. one four), Mani Manimaran 11 and ….wait for it…  21 “sundries

 

Wicket takers for “The Sri Lanka Lions” were :

Priya Mudoon 1 for 05 off 4 overs, Gamini  Samarasinghe 1 for 12 off 5 overs,

Lalith Fernando 1 for 19 off 5 overs, Siri Kamalasuriya 1 for 24 off 5 overs &

Ruwan Atukorale 1 for 28 off 4 overs.

 

The awards were given at the end as follows:  

Best Batsman: Priya Mudoon ( Sri Lanka Lions )   

Best Bowler: Mark Ravindran ( Instant Cricketers )   

Man of the Match: Jerome Gasperson ( Instant Cricketers ) 

 

Winning team captain Macky Rajakone, accepted the “Non Benders Shield” on behalf of his team from the Guest of Honour Mrs. Kalindi Mudoon.

In conclusion, the hard work put in by both Prassanna Kariyawasam & Macky Rajakone to ensure this postponed social game to be organised & played in such a “friendly” atmosphere was not lost amongst the players from both sides and they unanimously echoed the sentiment that this fixture should continue in years to come.  

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Sri Lanka Kidney Foundation in the UK – Dinner Dance with Desmond De Silva

Photos from the fund raising event in British Midlands UK on 9th February 2019.  

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) has become a serious health issue in Sri Lanka with the Government unable to cope with the treatment & management of the disease. The World Health Organisation has indicated that CKD has affected over 15% of rural Sri Lanka. This number is ever increasing with extremely limited access to medical attention, medication and or equipment necessary to treat and manage the disease.

There is a desperate need to create awareness of the suffering of CKD patients. Basic needs such as transport and sundry expenses in relation to attending hospital or clinics and the need to have dialysis kits, injections and other medication made freely available to sufferers of the disease.

In the picturesque village of Nottingham in the British Midlands a hardworking team of young professionals has formed Sri Lanka Kidney Foundation to raise funds to support the medical needs of CKD sufferers. Their aim is to be self sufficient in 5 years.

On 9th February this year, Desmond De Silva was invited to entertain guests at the Fund Raising Event in Nottingham. He was joined on stage by popular young Sri Lankan singer Mihindu Ariyaratne and backed by EXCEED who is the most popular Sri Lankan band in the UK. Veteran Actress Dr Malini Fonseka graced the event as Guest of Honour.

The event was SOLD OUT as 570 guests danced the night away to the excellent entertainment provided by Desmond & Mihindu.

Desmond’s brand of entertainment had everyone wanting more. The spacious dance floor had to be extended as 95% of the guests were on the dance floor dancing and singing to his music.

Desmond invited Mihindu to perform a duet with him (Waada Baila) originally sung with Paul Fernando that won resounding applause from the revellers.

Mihindu is an entertainer with a distinctive quality to his voice and a natural ability to engage with the audience. He is undoubtedly a rising star!

It was a great evening of entertainment and a resounding success for the hardworking Foundation committee members. Dr Malini Fonseka addressed the event and highlighted the good work carried out by the Foundation and how the money raised was making a difference to the lives of CKD sufferers.

A grand total of 12,401 GBP (Pounds Sterling) was raised that night and will go towards providing medical equipment, treatment and support for CKD sufferers. Funds will also be provided to raise awareness in Sri Lanka of the disease and awarding sponsorships to Children affected directly or indirectly by the disease.

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Photos from the Ceylon Society of Australia – SYDNEY – First General Meeting on Sunday 24th February 2019

Was Saradiel a Robin Hood or plain criminal? – by member of the audience

That was one of the queries posed by a guest at the Ceylon Society of Australia’s first general meeting for 2019 held on 24 February in Sydney. The guest speaker Mr Thiru Arumugam, who kindly agreed to step in when the advertised speaker was unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, chose to talk on Deekirikevage Saradial, better known as the hero of the Utuwan mountain. Mr Arumugam used his trusty archives and put together two unlikely rebels with a cause – Saradiel and the Aboriginal Jandamarra from Kimberley in Western Australia intended for the readers of The Ceylankan. The first part was published in the February issue while part two became the subject of his talk. He gave the rapt audience a resume of Jandamarra to fuse the point of his story and went on to add flesh into the bones of the Saradial story.

        Saradial, the eldest of five children, attended the local Temple school and one day was involved in a clash with the son of a rich Arachchi who was seeking vengeance. Saradiel, who was 16 years of age, ran away and ended up in Colombo. There he found a job at the Amy Barracks. During a noisy party at the barracks one day, Saradiel laid hands on the Armoury keys and stole a vast array of guns, pistols and ammunition, returning with them to Utuwankanda and went into hiding underground. Before long he and his gang took to plundering palatial homes of coffee planters, taking away jewellery, cash which they distributed to the poor in the district. This very absorbing story prompted several questions and the one above was just one. The speaker responded by admitting that it was a difficult question and an answer was a matter of opinion.

It was an absorbing evening! The meeting concluded with a few words of grateful thanks from the President Mrs Pauline Gunewardene to the speaker for agreeing to attend at such short notice.

The usual social followed.

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The 20th Annual Sri Lankan-Australian Community Young Achiever Awards ceremony 2019

The annual Sri Lankan-Australian Community Young Achiever Awards ceremony 2019 organized by the Sri Lanka Association of NSW Inc. was held on 17th of February at  Thornleigh Community Centre in the presence of a large gathering.

Whilst commemorating the outstanding achievements in academic and extracurricular activities of young Sri Lankan-Australians, the event was also packed with thought-provoking speeches as well as delightful dance and song items. The invited VIP guests, The Honorable Philip Ruddock, The Mayor Hornsby Shire Council, Mr.Julian Leeser MP Federal Member for Berowra, Mr. Lal Wickrematunga, Consul General of Sri Lanka, Sydney and  Professor Dr. Siri Kannangara were in attendance.

The event commenced with a welcome speech by Mr. Kithsiri Senadeera who initiated this awards program in year 2000. He gave a brief history at the Young Achiever Awards program and its objectives, especially the idea of stimulating creativity, innovation and leadership among young Sri Lankan Australians. He thanked the Panel of Judges, Professor Nimal Chandrasena, Dr Don Wickrama and Dr Seneviratne Banda for their contribution. He also thanked Mr Russel Raymond and Mr Frank  Soertsz, the long standing sponsors of the Young Achiever Awards.

The highlight of the day was Professor Dr. Siri Kannangara’s inspirational speech that centred on living life according to his philosophy of the “Three G’s – Goals, Gratitude and Giving.” He urged young people not be tempted  by materialism but to find a  career path by passion and genuine interest.  His motivating words certainly would have left a lasting impact on young achievers.

The chief guest, Mr. Lal Wickrematunga, Consul General of Sri Lanka, Sydney spoke about resilience. He inspired the young students – and indeed everyone else attending – to never  give up hope in times of difficulty. Mr.Julian Leeser MP, Federal Member for Berowra in his captivating speech encouraged the young Sri Lankans get into community and leadership professions.

Recognizing the outstanding achievements at the HSC 2018 and in other extracurricular activities such as Performing Arts, Community Services, Sports etc., the children were presented with a generous array of gold trophies, certificates and monetary vouchers to commend their efforts. A great sense of pride washed over the parents and guests, who realised that the future of Sri-Lankan Australians is in good hands.

Following the award ceremony was an incredibly heartfelt gesture. The students stood up to present a red rose to their parents as a sign of gratitude for their unconditional support. This unforgettable moment was accompanied by Miss Ishi Mahadurage’s the winner of the Music award- magnificent rendition of the famous song “You Raise Me Up”- a tribute to the parents. This song beautifully complemented the day’s keynote theme of never forgetting the inherently Sri Lankan value of Gratitude.

Afterwards, the guests were treated to another spine-tingling singing performance again by Ishi whose voice was harmonic and powerful. The Bharatanatyam dance item performed by Miss Sarangi Rupasinghe thrilled the audience with her mesmerizing movements, transforming the occasion to a day to remember.

Miss Michelle Senanayake, the winner of Literature and also HSC Award gave the vote of thanks on behalf the Young Achievers and their parents. Miss Gayara Welegama was the MC of  the event.

 

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Sri Lanka Association - Seniors' Annual Luncheon & HSC Awards - 2019

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Community Young Achiever Awards ceremony 2019

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