Isipathana OBA Vic – Green Breeze Dinner Dance 2018 – Story by Marie Pietersz, Melbourne | Photography courtesy of Blue Tulip Creative

Marie Pietersz

The 19th Annual Dinner Dance of the Isipathana College OBA Vic Inc,  Green Breeze 2018, held at the Box Hill Town Hall on Saturday, 2 June, was a sold-out event. 

Rarely had this gracious hall looked more splendid than with the decor created by Melbourne Glee – silhouettes of dancers in shades of green, stood atop elegant table centrepieces, while flashing strobe and disco lights gave the venue a fairyland feel. 

The Pathana boys were well represented on the night, looking resplendent in their double green College ties (formerly Greenlands College), proudly displayed during the line-up for singing of the College anthem in Sinhala.  

There was no doubt that President Manoj Fernando, ably assisted by his OBA Committee of 2017-18, had excelled in their efforts to provide an all-round quality event for members, families, well-wishers, and friends, supported with generous financial and non-financial donations from OBA sponsors and associates. 

Past President Randy Pietersz was a guest of the President, while Amal Edisooriya, President of the Isipathana OBA UK sent greetings on behalf of the UK contingent. Brother school, Thurstan College representatives reserved a table and were seen enjoying the tremendous night.  

A violin sonata set the mood to start, building up to a packed floor of 360 energetic guests dancing all night to the sounds of vintage crooner Desmond de Silva backed by Tantra and support act DJ Warren J. Singing his usual irrepressible English evergreens and Sinhala bailas, Desmond drew loud applause and interaction from the crowd with his ability to mix both styles of music. Tantra and DJ Warren worked their music well to please the crowd.

Relatively new to the Sri Lankan dance scene, caterers Vindhi Foods provided an unusual and sumptuous buffet and pre- and post-dinner refreshments.

The major prize was a return airfare to Sri Lanka donated by Dhammika Sanjeewa of Sri Lankan Airlines. Auctioned by Compere Tyronne Seneviratne, active bidding achieved a price for the ticket well above expectations. Ladies’ gifts and raffle prizes were the generous donations of sponsors, as was the impressive souvenir.

Issipathana College has a lot to boast about, with its OBA members achieving professional heights in Australia, not to mention the College’s academic and sporting successes in Sri Lanka, Pathana boys continuing to maintain high standards in all of their endeavours.

The Isipathana OBA Victoria remains very active, organising family activities to nurture and strengthen ties with Alumni and their families and conducting fundraisers to help support their beloved College in its programs to excel in studies and sport. 

From all accounts, the Green Breeze 2018 revellers had a wonderful time, taking with them memories of the night, made possible by the stunning images created by Blue Tulip Creative, photographers and cinematography. 

Congratulations to the President and his Committee for a successful night.

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President Manoj Fernando

Past President Randy Pietersz and wife Marie


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Greenlands (Isipathana) College – Colombo School Anthem …

Isipathana college, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka.



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St Paul’s Waragoda Benevolent Fund (Aust) Inc- From Little Things, Big Things Grow: Marie PieterszStory: Marie Pietersz, Melbourne, Photographs: courtesy various

The Benevolent Fund’s main annual fundraiser event, the Autumn Soiree dinner dance, was held at the Good Shepherd Church Hall, Wheelers Hill, on 19 May 2018, and by its usual high standards, guests were treated to a good night, with music for dancing by Next Generation and DJ Ross, a sumptuous smorgasbord by MD Catering Services and a raft of raffle prizes, made possible by the regular donations of well-wishers.  Table décor was by Wasanthie Jackson.

This tiny powerhouse, with its dedicated committee members and faithful supporters, is making its mark with bigger Sri Lankan school fundraisers, collecting money to facilitate the education of underprivileged students of St Paul’s Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.  

“The Benevolent Fund was established in 2006 in memory of the School’s late Teacher & Vice Principal, my mother, Mrs Florence Senewiratne,” President Ruwanal Senewiratne said.  

“Together with our private sponsors, the Fund has continued to sponsor disadvantaged students of St Paul’s ranging from Year 1 to Year 13, so they are able to attend school and complete their education. These students would otherwise not have been able to afford basic educational requirements such as clothing, educational materials and transport to do so.

“Sponsorship is based on student bio-data collected by the Past Pupils Association in Sri Lanka, in consultation with the Principal of this Government school, and forwarded to the Fund committee in Australia to make the final decision on the students to be sponsored, based on need, irrespective of race or religion. 

“The PPA manages the Fund account established in Sri Lanka, while in Australia, fundraising and management of Fund activities are the responsibility of a small committee, comprising ex-students of St Paul’s and their spouses, with myself as President, Philomena Mather, my daughter, Bianca Senewiratne, Chrysette Outschoorn, Mike and Sebrina Hodgkinson, Claudette Jeffries and Ian Varney. Audited accounts are submitted annually to Consumer Affairs, Victoria.” 

Founder member, Chrysette Outschoorn, moving to the warmer climes of Queensland, was farewelled at the event with a presentation made by Mrs Senewiratne’s great-granddaughter, Shakeena. 

The Fund sponsors ten students, ensuring that they are able to complete their Advanced level of studies, if they so desire. Private sponsors make up the other sponsorships.

“We are proud to announce that we believe that the Fund would be able to sustain the education of the current sponsored students up to the General Certificate of Education (Advanced level) in Sri Lanka (equivalent to the Australian VCE), but there is more to do,” said Ruwanal.

The Fund Committee would like to thank its past-pupils, their friends and well-wishers for their continued support in the past and is calling on their ongoing support and new supporters to donate in any of the many ways they can. 

To make a donation or to find out more about this worthy cause, please contact one the Committee members.

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Pressure Drop in fantastic form at the Walawwa as we bid adieu to our friends Sampath and Surakshi Siriwardena as their holiday in Australia came to a close. Galadari’s General Manager showed us his other talent on stage alongside classmate Kelvin Speldewinde and wife Vanessa.

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Alston Koch launches new video & song on World Environmental Day in Mexico

Translation from a Spanish Press Release:

World Environmental Day was celebrated in Mexico City within the precincts of the President Miguel Alamen Valdez library & a special song & video written for the occasion by Sri  Lankan born Australian American was premiered & launched & streamed to the world today 5th June.


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Taking To The Runway For A Cause

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Vintage was the theme when ladies glammed and flocked to Lachlan’s Old Government House to support a worthy cause on Sunday the 20th of May.

The high tea event, which was coordinated and choreographed by Sharmila Niriella & Sashini Hindurangala of S & S Events Boutique and organized by Mansi Khanna of Mash accessories, gave the opportunity for two hundred or so glam clad ladies to unite in support of Lisa Harnum Foundation’s efforts on eradicating domestic violence from our society.

The highlight of the event, a runway show of ethnic fashions, showcased the creative talents of Samitha Subashini with her elegant bridal designs and Megha Poddar with her glamorous eveningwear collection. MC Duke kept the guests entertained with his humor while Nancy Shah of Mitcy photography captured every golden moment of the event. Among the guests that the event were Federal Member for Parramatta Julie Owns, Mayor of the Hills Shire Council Dr Michelle Byrne, Councillor Reena Jethi, Nicole Elliott, Amelia Hawke and Petrina Taylor . The venue was transformed into an elegant vintage high tea room by the talented duo Sonali and Surabhi of Cuckoo events.

The successful event was a collaboration of many talents and was supported by small business owners in the Hills & Parramatta areas.

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Dr Harold & Irangani Gunatillake’s 60th Wedding Anniversary & The honourable chief guest The High Commissioner Mr. Skanda Kumar’s speech

Latest Addition – The Video of this great event

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The honourable chief guest speaker at the 60th Wedding Anniversary Celebration of Harold and Irangani

At Curzon Hall, Marsfield, Sydney on 12th May 2018

The High Commissioner Mr. Skanda Kumar, in a brief address thanked the hosts for inviting a confirmed bachelor of 70 years to speak at a landmark wedding anniversary celebration. After sharing some amusing incidents from his personal life that raised laughter, the High Commissioner touched on Irangani’s pioneering role in Sri Lanka’s fashion Industry when icon Kirthi Sri Karunaratne chose her as his first model.

 “In addition, she moved so gracefully that she became a favourite of VIP’s on the dance floor. “

Crowned “Tea Queen “she carried it with ease and engaged Her Majesty the Queen in a meaningful conversation when the Royals visited the Ceylon Tea Centre in London during the Industry’s centenary year.  

Irangani turned many a head wherever she went.

Harold as a caring doctor freely shared his knowledge on health-related matters that endeared him to many. Together they did much for the community.

They have remained   devoted and committed to each other in a long and challenging journey faithfully upholding the vows they made on that memorable day in May 1958.  

” You are indeed a role model for the Institution of Marriage and it’s an honour for me to be here today.

Soon I will return to my humble home in Haputale, and will bask in the reflected glory of this memorable evening “

Congratulations Harold and Irangani,

” May God continue to bless you with good health and happiness. “


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Dr Panduka Jayasekara’s mini speech acknowledging the donation plus the benefits of the Machines: High tech equipment; It can cut with zero blood loss; It reduces collateral damage; Easy surgery; Reduce the operating time markedly; Good for moral of junior doctors and give them a wonderful training opportunity; Speedy recovery; Both the doctor and the patient will be benefitted. Its heartwarming to see how hard you all tried to find funding. We really appreciate the effort taken to improve the quality of services offered and thus assuring of the well being of the patients.

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