FONCA (Friends of Needy Children Association) organised its 15th annual holiday for children in the homes they help, from August 12 to 18 this year. For one week 50 boys, accompanied by their caretakers from Maggona, Matale, Mirigama and Inamaluwa were housed in the spacious buildings and grounds of the Deaf and Blind School, Anuradhapura.
Most of the boys had not met each other before and were from different religions and races, but mixed harmoniously during their carefree holiday, away from the confines and restrictions of their institutions.
FONCA committee members were on hand throughout, not only to provide them with tasty food, but also to organise numerous activities. Special buses took them to Mihintale and the Atamasthana, with an experienced guide, where they could also spend the pocket money provided to them by FONCA. Among the other activities organised were a sports meet, cricket match, Do-You Know contest and an art competition, indoor and outdoor games and an outing to see the film Aba.
The success of this holiday was due chiefly to the unflagging enthusiasm of FONCA members, who did not let their advancing years and increasing physical ailments deter their efforts to make this holiday a memorable one.
The tears of the boys as they took leave of each other and of FONCA members was proof that it was once again a holiday they would remember.In a press release FONCA Hony. Secretary Rita Perera said they are grateful to all who responded to their appeal and made this holiday possible.