World Rugby bodies scrum down to help relief fund
The Sri Lanka Rugby Union was quick to move in and help the disaster relief fund of the Dec. 26 Tsunami victims. The secretary of the Rugby Union, Izwan Omar said this in an interview with the Sunday Times.

Omar said the governing body headed by Mohan Balasuriya was quick to move in to seek assistance from the International Rugby Board, the Asian Rugby Football Union and the Asian and European countries, who took part in the Singer SriLankan Airlines Rugby 7s for this disaster relief fund.

Syd Miller, Chairman of the IRB has responded to this humanitarian request and has requested all the rugby playing unions in the world to scrum down to help this relief fund. IRB has a membership of 98. They all agreed to Miller's request.

Syd, has suggested that the funds should be channelled through the International Red Cross. It's a meaningful suggestion by the IRB. The Rugby Union has agreed on principle. This will be discussed at the Council meeting to be held on Jan. 13, for approval. The Union will request that the local Red Cross, too is co-ordinated.

Further Ruhuna, has suffered worst from this disaster. Galle District has been at a standstill on and off the field. Galle is an emerging district for rugby, with 12 clubs, several schools too has taken to the oval ball sport. The SLRFU is quite aware of the good done for rugby promotion in Galle by Kumar Abeywardena. They have suggested to the IRB that special emphasis be paid to Ruhuna. They deserve all encouragement to come back to normalcy.

According to Balasuriya his former schoolmate and diehard rugby promoter Dilip Kumar, who is helping Sri Lanka rugby and its development has promised to assist the Relief fund. Kumar is a senior official of the IRB - the first Lankan to achieve this and a cog-in-the-wheel in the Australian Rugby Board. He has confirmed to this effect.

Last Sunday Jan. 2, the national rugby players and others led by manager Trevor Nugawela, made a trek to the ravage hit area in Maggona with two lorry loads of foods, water, medicine, clothes and nourishment for the kids who suffered most. It was handed over to a temple, church and a mosque to be distributed among the needy.

What you have got to say about the suggestion made by the IRB that it be channelled through International Red Cross and the World Food programmes. . -BW


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