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Cocoshel designs: Ideal Christmas gifts

The Women’s Cooperative Society of Hindurangala with the support of the HSBC, the Ellawala Foundation Trust and Barefoot (Pvt) Ltd, will hold their annual exhibition and sale on November 27 at the Barefoot Gallery in Colombo. Over 30 designs for ear-rings, pendants, belts, key tags etc. will be on display- ideal gifts if you are looking for something typically Sri Lankan.

Thirty families have now set themselves up as the Cocoshel Co-operative Society. Twenty five are skilled workers and the others are in the process of being trained.

The members have been trained to meet the demands of the international market by enforcing strict quality control standards. These families also support the dream of conserving the remaining patches of rainforest in the Sabaragamuwa Province. De-forestation and poaching are reduced to a minimum because they are now able to support their needs through regular means.

Cocoshel is an integral part of the Mahausakande Project which was set up to regenerate a tropical rain forest. Working with the village is intrinsic to the objectives of the main project. Cocoshel seeks to not only uplift the quality of life of the women economically, but also to improve the level of personal growth by training the women for holistic and healthy living.

Ear-rings, pendants, belts, key tags and other accessories are made from coconut shells and packaged in bio-degradable materials. Designs are available either as a set or as individual items. There are designs for men too! All Cocoshel products are brand-marked. See also

Appeal for kidney donation

T.M. Wattegama, 55, of Pahala Dimighahena, Getamanna Road, Kudaheela North, Beliatta, father of three school-going children has been diagnosed with end stage renal failure. Consultant Nephrologist of the National Institute of Nephrology Dr. Mrs. S.M. Seneviratne has recommended a kidney transplant.
He is in need of a kidney donation and also additional funds to bear the cost of tests and drugs which the family is unable to afford.

Kind donors are requested to send any contributions to the Bank Account No. 71113744 of T.M. Wattegama at Bank of Ceylon, Beliatta branch. For further information, please contact 077 3477028.

Lecture on coral reefs of Sri Lanka

Nishan Perera will deliver the 24th Lecture of the National Trust - Sri Lanka on Thursday, November 25 on the topic "Coral Reefs of Sri Lanka".

It will take place at the Auditorium of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management, 80, Galle Road, Colombo 3 (opposite the Cinnamon Grand) at 6.30 p.m. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

Richmondites making mark in competitive world

Richmond College Union AGM

Richmond College, established on May 1, 1876 by Methodist missionaries, with Rev. Samuel Langdon as the first Principal and with eight teachers and 104 boys is today one of the country's leading schools.
The college's distinguished sons include Dr. C.W.W. Kannangara, Dr. W Dahanayaka, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Major Montague Jayawickrema, Messers P de S Kularatna, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Amarasiri Dodangoda etc. and a generation of young politicians.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa also spent a few years at Richmond. In addition there are administrators, professors, diplomats, doctors, engineers, lawyers, businessmen and other professionals who have contributed to the nation's development.

The Richmond College Union (Colombo), in existence for 94 years will hold its Annual General Meeting 2010 at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla at 6.30 p.m. on November 27, followed by the annual RCU Dinner.

The RCU while contributing to the development of College activities, coordinates the efforts of mostly "Year Based Associations" (e.g. starting from the 'Sixty Club' extending through 'Decade based time-framed Groups' to the '1990-2000 Group'.

This year's AGM will be another grand opportunity for every Richmondite to envision what Richmond should be in the competitive world of education and other activities and help towards this goal.

Black and Gold Carnival 2010

After a lapse of 13 years, the D.S. Senanayake College 2005 Batch together with the Old Boys' Association will re-launch the "Black and Gold Carnival". The carnival will be held on December 18 and 19 from 3 p.m. to midnight at the Race Course grounds, Colombo.

Entertainment will be provided by the Gypsies, Bathiya & Santhush, Ashanthi, Randhir, Umara, Iraj, Lahiru Perera, Centigradz, Nadini Premadasa, Surenie De Mel etc. Fashion Shows choreographed by Tania Reimers, Fusion Drum Acts by Naadro, Fire Limbo shows, motor shows, dog shows by the Sri Lanka Air Force etc will be part of the event.

The grounds will have an array of stalls offering food, clothing and accessories, toys, electronics etc. Games and competitions, Santa Claus and merry-go-rounds and giant wheel are sure to keep the crowds entertained.

All proceeds will go to the College OBA fund for school education and infrastructure development.

Colombo Centre for Special Education to hold sale

A sale of work by the Colombo Centre for Special Education, 80/7, Layards Road, Colombo 5 will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 27. The chief guest will be Dr. Anila Dias Bandaranaike.

With a dedicated staff which includes speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and English, Mathematics, art, pottery and woodwork teachers, the centre with 30 students from different walks of life is dedicated towards the care and development of individuals with varied disabilities.
It has its own respite facility comprising restrooms, kitchen and activity rooms and the students can also stay over at a very nominal rate. Some of the items on sale will be greeting cards (Christmas, birthday, anniversary and thank you), notepads, envelopes, gift tags, book-marks, jute rugs, serviettes, dish towels, pot holders, art and craft items, wrapping paper, woodwork articles, bread baskets, gift packs and used stamp packs. Snacks, drinks and lunch packs will also be available.

Ladies’ OGA Christmas dinner

The Ladies' College Old Girls' Association Annual Christmas Dinner will take place on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at the Hotel Galadari. Tickets priced at Rs. 3,500 are available from the School Office and Committee Members.

AGM of old Anandians

Old Anandians will hold their AGM including the annual reunion and lunch on Sunday November 28 from 9 a.m. onwards at the Centenary Building of Ananda College. The Guest of honour will be Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Miister of Technology and Research who will address the members on the subject "Reconciliation - the Need of the Hour".

Dr. A.M.A. Azeez Memorial Oration

The Dr. A.M.A.Azeez Memorial Oration will be held on Wednesday, November 24 at 4.30 p.m. at Ghafoor Hall, Zahira College, Colombo. Dr. A.M.A. Azeez was the first Muslim civil servant, one-time principal of Zahira College, Colombo, senator and also founder of the Y.M.M.A and the Ceylon Muslim Scholarship fund.

Dr. Devanesan Nesiah, former Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Environment & Women's Affairs will deliver the oration on the subject of "National Identity and Resettlement issues of Muslims."

The meeting will be chaired by Mr. S.H.M. Jameel, President of Dr. A.M.A. Azeez Foundation and Mr. Nadvi Bahaudeen, National President of Y.M.M.A. A book titled "A.M.A. Azeez-A Profile", in Sinhala will be released on this occasion. A website will also be launched. This is a public lecture and open to all.

Oriflame goes to Jaffna

Managing Director, Oriflame Sri Lanka, Pierre Martensson opened their third office outside Colombo last month in Jaffna at 187/30, Union Lane, Hospital Road. The grand opening was followed by the Oriflame Opportunity Meeting with 150 participants at the Jaffna TCT Hall. The three-hour programme included hair & beauty training, business training and also an Oriflame Wellness Shake show.

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