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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74th Bradby Shield Live Telecast & Party 2018 (Sydney) –
Photos thanks to Thanuja Wijesekara


These were some of the accolades showered by Old Royalists and Trinitians young and not so young at the Annual Bradby Shield match telecast, followed by music and dancing in Sydney.

The night kicked off on time with RCOBA NSW/ACT President Chanaka Gunasekera’s welcome speech, acknowledging the great relationship between the two schools and presence of many former Rugby Players from Royal & Trinity.

As usual the Royalists, Trinitian’s and, their partners, turned out in numbers.  The audience representing the famed “alma maters” ranged in age from twenties to nineties and was a sea of Blue & Gold and Blue, Gold & Red.  The quality of the live streaming, western buffet, beverages, service and general ambience was fabulous as usual.

The Old Royalist were in a jubilant mood with the Royal team playing a flawless game of Rugby. The score line does not do justice to how well the Trinity Lions played.

As soon as the match ended, it was party time with most of the guests on the dance floor.  Music finally stopped after midnight and Royalist & Trinitians left home carrying memories of another memorable Bradby Shield evening, filled with fun, laughter and camaraderie.  The result of the match did not matter.

The Joint Royal & Trinity Organising committee should be applauded for yet again producing a well thought through, organized and efficiently delivered event.

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Peterite dinner dance – 2018 (Melbourne) – Photos thanks to Trevine Rodrigo

Casino Royale was the theme at the Peterite dinner dance held at the Grand on Cathies in Wantirna. Fantastic night with Rap-So-D and Batterii filling the dance floor to capacity.

Peterites produce a ‘Casino Royale’ masterpiece

The Peterite annual dinner dances every year appears to be gaining in innovative creativity as was witnessed at the ‘Casino Royale’ themed event this year which drew a sellout crowd at the Grand on Cathies Lane in Wantirna.

The talented OBU of the boys from Colombo 4 produced yet another spectacular show which drew together mostly old boys of the school and their friends and supporters all aptly dressed up for the occasion in debonair fashion. And the ladies made sure that they not to be outdone to make it a colourful night that will remain etched in the minds of those who were there.

The hardworking Dance committee led by President Prasad Algama and comprising, Tyrone Le Mercier (70s group), Anushka Perera, Grehem Vandersay, Rohith Kurukulasuriya, Jerome Chandrasekera, Sean Ekanayaka, Malika Perera, Valentino Perera, Chanaka Perera, Ramesh Gooneratne, Tony Martin, Niroshan de Cruze, Kevin Joseph, Gayathra Liyanaarachchchi and Fairley Wijesinghe put together a well thought out program which included a sexy dance troupe which entertained guests to a Casino Royale styled presentation that was breathtaking.

The décor and lighting were planned to perfection in sequence with the theme, giving the venue an ambience that matched the title of the night.

Dinner was excellent as usual with the Grand, headed by former Peterite Shanaka (Jude) De Silva ensuring that the menu was top class. Top Melbourne dance band Rap-So-D with Ashok and wife Allison Jayasinha were in scintillating form and had the dance floor packed to capacity. Their superb variety of music kept the tempo at its peak throughout.

Emerging band The Batterii did well to fill in as the second group and ensuring that there were no flat spots in the music dished out. Two of the established members of the band are Dulan Kodikara and Shehan De Silva who hung up his sound balancing duties to showcase his other talent as a guitarist.

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60th Wedding Anniversary Celebration, organized by the SLA(NSW)
for Dr Harold and Irangani

At the monthly gathering of the Seniors Open Day at Warne St. Leisure Centre, Pennant Hills, Sydney, on the 1st May, a surprise party was organized by the committee, to celebrate and share the 60th Wedding Anniversary of Dr Harold and Irangani.
It was a sudden eruption, and a surprise: a massive cake was brought with blessings for the couple written in icing, drinks started pouring in, speeches by Walter, Dr. Gnani and Kithsiri, the cameras went flashing taking picture of groups, and it was a momentous event.

Walter the chief ‘Go-getter’ said in his brief talk, “It was the pleasure and respect of the Seniors of SLANSW to Honour them as they always being very supportive to being with us in our monthly SENIORS OPEN DAY. Also, our present President, Mr, Sam Masachchi(SLANSW) who is overseas for good reasons, supported and sent his Good wishes & Blessings to Dr, Harold and Irangani, to wish them “HAPPY ANNIVERSARY” and this wonderful Day filled with enjoyment”.

Gnani (Vice President) in her talk said, “As the newly appointed committee members of the SLANSW the committee has done us proud by working so diligently to make the open day and other events we support. With the help and assistance of the Seniors, the events have been outstanding successes with VIPs and others attending our events and spreading the message”.

She further thanked Irangani and Harold for supporting and joining in the SLANSW senior’s activities. She said, “We love to have you both around and wish you both good health and happiness and many more years of enjoyment. Your short talk about the need to socialise more was greatly encouraging to our seniors present. May socialising go from strength to strength.
Kithsiri said briefly that Dr Harold has been serving the community for a long time. He was the president of the SLA for two sessions and was the editor of the association newsletter,” Thorathuru” for ten consecutive years.

Dr Harold Gunatillake thanking the organisers, and the Seniors present, said,” This gesture is much appreciated with gratitude, respect and admiration. I am 89 years old and Irangani is 18+. Jemma Moroni an Italian lady lived up to 116 years and her doctor could not stop her eating three eggs for breakfast very morning. The, there was Emma Calment a French lady, also died at 116 and when she was asked what her secret for longevity, she said,” Bacon and Eggs for breakfast every morning”. So, there you go, just eat many eggs with no guilt (the members showed gladness).

He further said that our secret is drinking our daily water with a few drops of apple cider vinegar for years and as probiotic eating two tablespoons of low fat, unsweetened Greek style Yogurt.
Most of all, what is important for longevity is Social interaction- just the way we are doing here. Such interactions will keep us joyful longer life. Thank you all, once again.

The Consul General Lal Wickrematunge sent his regrets expressing inability to attend due to other commitments.

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