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  • Sponsor a holdiay for parents, grandparents
  • Eagle men save seven in A'pura
  • Singer past employees form group
  • Sena leads photojournalists
  • Rukmali's thoughts hit canvas
  • Wesley prize giving
  • Sponsor a holdiay for parents, grandparents

    The Jetwing Hotels senior citizens' overnight outing will be held on July 15 and 16 at their coastal resort, Royal Oceanic Hotel, Negombo. 

    In an attempt to make parents and grandparents feel special, their children and grandchildren were invited to sponsor this annual event. 

    Last year's event which was held at Kosgoda Beach Hotel was a big success with souvenirs being given to participants, Baila competitions and many other enjoyable activities, organisers say.

    They say the success of the event motivated Jetwing to repeat the outing. Among the activities at the outing this year, is a Golden Oldies Night with prizes, surprises and special souvenirs for parents. Those who want to sponsor parents and grandparents for an overnight outing, contact Aruni or Kosala at Jetwing for further details.

    Eagle men save seven in A'pura

    Eagle Insurance, together with the Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka and the Police held a safety awareness campaign during the Poson season in Anuradhapura and Mihintale.

    The campaign from June 15 to 17 was so successful that seven people were saved from drowning, an official said.

    About 200 lifeguards were engaged in life saving activities at Tissawewa, Kalawewa, Basawakkulama, Sunhatha-pokuna in Anuradhapura, Mahakanadarawa and Kaludiyapokuna in Mihintale and Kandalama and Ibbankatuwa lake in Dambulla. Eagle Insurance conducted safety awareness programmes which included demonstrations on life saving and first aid, distribution of leaflets and live radio broadcasts.

    Singer past employees form group

    The inaugural meeting of the Association of Past Employees of the Singer Group in Sri Lanka was held recently at the Singer Sri Lanka office at Union Place, Colombo 2.

    At this meeting the following officials were elected:

    Patron: Singer Chairman Hemaka Amarasuriya; president: Bertie Fernando; vice presidents: Lucky de Chickera, Gamini Wasalathanthri; general secretary: Nelson Mendis; assistant secretary: Ananda Epa, Treasurer: A.M.M. Nisar; assistant treasurer: S. Thiyagarajah.

    Committee members: Lasantha Perera, Ranjith David, Judith Vanniathamby, R.G. Moorthy, Dehan Seneviratne, P.S. Maniam, Kaushalya Murugadasan and Y.G.C. Dabare.

    Past Employees of the Singer Group who wish to join the association are requested to contact Bertie Fernando on 715733.

    Sena leads photojournalists

    Sena Vidanagama of AFP was elected president of the Photojournalists Association of Sri Lanka at its annual general meeting held this week.

    Sriyantha Walpola of the Hindu was elected secretary while Gemunu Amerasinghe of the Associated Press was elected treasurer.

    The following officials were also elected:

    A. Lokuhapuarachchi of Reuters and Janapriya Amaradiwaka of Yukthiya: vice presidents.

    Gamini Abeysekera of Lankadipa: assistant secretary.

    Sri Lal Gomes of Lakbima: welfare officer.

    B. Weerasinghe: assistant treasurer.

    Committee members:

    Saman Mendis (Lake House), Asoka Fernando (Sunday Leader), S. Jayatilleke (Tharunaya), U.N. Perera (Divaina), N. Edirisinghe (Lakbima), Ananda Fernando (Sithijaya), A. Devapriya (The Sunday Times), K. Dayawansa, S. D. Priyangima (Lakbima), S. Surendran (Virakesari), A. Balasuriya (Lankadipa), B. Mendis (Sunday Leader).

    Rukmali's thoughts hit canvas

    'Thoughts' an exhibition of paintings and sketches by Rukmali Samarasinghe will be held at the Lionel Wendt on July 8 and 9. This is Rukmali's first solo exhibition. She was involved with a successful group exhibition "Inspired by Nature" in 1997. When she was a student at St. Bridget's Convent, Lathifa Ismail guided and encouraged her to picture her thoughts. 

    It was much later, after pursuing a professional career in finance and information technology, that she rekindled her interest as a form of relaxation. 

    Rukmali has been inspired by the scenic places she has visited in Sri Lanka and overseas. This held her develop an independent style intimately focused on nature and rural life. 

    Rukmali has used oils, acrylics, watercolor and charcoal to express her "thoughts" on canvas and paper. Her personal preference is watercolour, however the exhibition has an equal distribution. Water lilies, fauna and flora, wildlife, people at work and worship are themes of focus in her works. 

    Wesley prize giving

    The Wesley College Annual prize giving will be held on July 7 at 4.30 p.m. in the College Hall. 

    Hatton National Bank Managing Directo Rienzie Wijethilake and Ms. Wijethilake will be the chief guests.

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