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Giving a helping hand to Sunera Foundation

The Rotary Club of Colombo West in association with Amana Takaful PLC made a cash donation to the Sunera Foundation to support its activities to enhance the quality of life of the differently abled. Pictures shows, the Chairperson of Sunera Foundation, Sunethra Bandaranaike receiving the cheque from General Manager Sales and Marketing Amana Takaful, Adel Hashim on September 14.
Also in the picture is President Rotary Club of Colombo West, Doulat Kundanmal.

Royal 69ers celebrate 50 years of friendship with a sing-a-long

The Royal College group of 69 will celebrate their 50 years of friendship with a sing-along led by their very own 69er, that multi- faceted musician Rukshan Perera, who needs no introduction to any lover of music, be it in jazz, blues, pop (both Sinhala & English), Acapella, fusion… you name it.

Rukshan will be backed by Sohan & the Experiments. The ever-green Vijaya Corea will be compere for the evening.

This gala evening is on November 12 at the Galadari Hotel from 7.30 p.m. A full house is expected with many ‘69ers in attendance with their families, friends, partners, associates, colleagues and fans.
Tickets for the sing-along priced at Rs. 1,000 inclusive of dinner are available at Fashion Optics at Flower Road.

Medical camp in Puttalam

The second annual "Suwa Saviya" medical camp organized by the Rotaract Club of Colombo Fort was held recently at Omar Farook Maha Vidyalaya in Pulichchakkulam, Puttalam. A large crowd from the area attended this Medical Camp that went on until 5 p.m.

Here Dr. M.S. Niyas, Medical Officer attached to the Narahenpita Army Hospital is seen attending to a patient.

St Jude - Patron of Desperates remembered

By Lenard R Mahaarachchi

All roads lead to Indigolla (Gampaha) today (October 30) to the national shrine of St. Jude.
The feast day is in his honour on October 28 every year and is clebrated on the Sunday. It may be recalled that it was Jude who asked the Lord why He is manifesting Himself only to them and not to the world. (Jn 14/24) Jesus replied that He was manifesting only to those who show Him fidelity by observing His commands.

Jude was a brother of St. James the less. He was a blood relative of Jesus and an apostle. He wrote the epistle to the Eastern church in 62 AD, directing them to counter the heresies of the Simonies, Nicholaites and the Gnostics of his day. The conversion of the Armenians is credited to Jude who is said to have preached in Judea, Samaria, Syria and Libya (much in the news today).

He returned to Jerusalem in 62 AD and had assisted in the election of his brother St. Simeon at his Episcopal ordination. He was martyred in the 1st century with St. Simon with whom he shares his feast day.

Jude is known as the Saint of the Impossible, the saint for hopeless cases. I was surprised to see Sri Lankan Catholics at the church dedicated to him in Los Angeles (USA). There is a relic of the saint in a church in Chicago too. His letter appears last in the New Testament where he calls himself as " A servant of Jesus" .

SLMA symposium on climate change and health

A half-day symposium on 'Climate Change and Health' is being organised by the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) in collaboration with Section A of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) on Monday, October 31 from 9.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. at the SLMA auditorium, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7.

The programme of the symposium is as follows:

  • A case report of disease due to climate change' - Dr. Panduka Karunayake.
  • 'Overview of climate change and health' - Dr. M.T.M.Iqbal
  • 'Adaptation and vulnerability of the health sector to climate change' - Dr. Kanthi Ariyaratne.
  • 'Climate change and impact on health equity' - Prof. Saroj Jayasinghe.
  • 'Attitudinal and behavioural changes to mitigate climate change' - Dr. Piyanjali Soysa.

The seminar will be followed by a panel discussion.

The symposium seeks to address health sector awareness and response to the many challenges of climate change and will be attended by representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Environment and NGOs as well as local experts, scientists and academics. The SLMA and SLAAS invite the public to participate in this seminar.

For further information please contact the organizers (Dr. Enoka Corea 077808439/ enokacorea @hotmail. com /Dr. Vathsala Jayasuriya 0773075088/

Olcott oration by Prof. Chandana Wirasinghe

The 2011 Colonel Henry Steele Olcott oration, organised by the Ananda College Old Boys' Association will be delivered by Prof. Chandana Wirasinghe, Founding Dean (Emeritus), Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada.

He will speak on the "Role of the individual in national development - Ananda can show the way".
The oration coincides with the 125th anniversary celebrations of Ananda College and will be held at the Kularatne Auditorium of the College on Saturday, November 12 at 4.30 p.m.

A formal invitation for the oration can be obtained by contacting Suraji on 011-236882/ or

RASSL monthly lecture

Former Director of Colleges of Education,Ministry of Education Padma Edirisinghe will deliver the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) monthly lecture on "The Role of the 19th century Buddhist Education Movement in changing the Trends of Lankan History" on Monday, October 31 at 5 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7. All are welcome.

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