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Candle Lights & Orchids – Winter Ball 2016

By Sharmila Jayasinghe Niriella

The grand ball room of Le Montage, Lilyfield was bathed in the glow of candle light and adorned by the beauty of orchids when Sri Lanka Association of NSW hosted its biggest fundraiser dinner dance of the year on the 3rd of June 2016. To the delight of the glamorously clad three hundred or so guests, they were treated to cocktails on the terrace followed by a sumptuous sit down dinner, prizes and surprises galore. Replay 6, the popular Melbourne based Sri Lankan musical outfit, kept the guests tapping their toes and gyrating their hips on the vast dance floor throughout the night. The icing on the musical cake without a doubt was the entertainment and the songs brought to the audience by the familiar sounds of Sri Lankan’s favorite baila singer Desmond de Silva.

While the talents of MC Duke navigated the night with ease, a popular Latin dances troupe from Latin Dance Australia Pty Ltd entertained the crowd with some eye pleasing dance moves.

Among the distinguished invitees of the night were Mr. Lal Wickrematunge Sri Lanka’s Consul General in Sydney Representing the President of Sri Lanka, Hon. Craig Laundy, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs representing the Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Damien Tudehope, State member for Epping representing the Premier of NSW and Mr Kevin Conolly , State Member for Riverstone.

Some of the nights proceeds will be allocated to different community based projects that the SLA NSW is planning on launching this year including assistance towards the victims of the recent natural disaster in Sri Lanka.

Please visit the gallery or our Facebook page for images of the event.

Congratulations to Mr Maithri Panagoda – Member of the Order of Australia

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SLANSW extends heartiest congratulations to Mr Maithri Panagoda, who in the Queen’s birthday 2016 honours list has been appointed a Member of the Order (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Maithri was honoured for significant service to the Sri Lankan community in New South Wales, and to the law, particularly in litigation and dispute resolution. ( Image: maithripanagoda.com)

SLANSW Flood & Landslide Appeal!

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Message of condolence to the flood victims in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan New Year Celebrations 2016

SLANSW joined in with other community organisations to celebrate Sinhala & Tamil New Year at the Show Ground Castle Hill on the 16th of April 2016. Click for images

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NEPALESE AND SRI LANKAN NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

On the occasion of Nepalese and Sri Lankan New Year, UTS Nepalese Society successfully organized an event to rejuvenate and strengthen the relationship between the two cultures and countries. The event was held on 9th of April at Guthrie Theatre in University of Technology, Sydney. The event covered various musical performances from students and popular artists of both Nepalese and Sri Lankan diaspora. Likewise, cultural performances from both the cultures were performed during the event. The Special Guests for the event were spokesperson of NRNA (Non-Residential Nepalese Association) Mrs. Ranju Thapa Wagle and President of Sri Lankan Association of NSW, Mr. Ajit Karunaratne. Prominent people from both the communities were also present during the event.

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Seniors Celebration 2016

By Sharmila Jayasinghe Niriella

On the 3rd of April 2016 the Thornleigh Community Center auditorium saw a festive fiesta organized by the Sri Lanka Association of NSW to celebrate, acknowledge and appreciate the senior citizens of the Sri Lankan community.

The four hour gala which had undertones of a heartfelt salute and of gratitude for the contributions, achievements and accomplishments of our older citizens stretched from humorous dramas, magic shows to sing alongs with an ending that saw the guests gyrating on the dance floor.

Orchids, balloons and sprinkles of stars adorned the auditorium to welcome the glamorously clad guests that numbered over two hundred. The event commenced with the national anthems of both Sri Lanka and Australia being sung after which the president of SLANSW Ajith Karunaratne welcomed the guests touching upon the origins of the Sri Lankan senior citizens celebration in New South Wales. Dr Athula Gunasekara, a leading cardiologists in the country and the guest speaker for the event, took to the podium executing a very informative information session which enlightened the crowd of potential heart issues and methods of prevention. The days entertainment included a professional magic show by Terry Fernando a well respected magician of the community and enthralling music by the trio Laki, Ezmal & Kapila .

To tickle the funny bone of the crowd gathered, the top comic skit “Harima Magulak” that had distinct tones of Sri Lankan marriage proposals was staged by Devika De Fonseka, Priyanga De Fonseka, Sunil De Silva and Mihiri Karunaratne.

Showcasing the talents of seniors, Mr V M Therarajam, Mr Stanley Karunaratne, Chandrani Gunesekera,  Srimalee Namuni, Dr Seneviratne Banda and Mrs Nalini Cooray took to the stage belting out favorite songs from yester year, coxing the crowd to tap their toes and clap their hands.

The day spanned out to be full of surprises with games to take the audience down memory lane and a host of prizes to be won. To delight of the already delighted crowd a sumptuous buffet lunch consisting of a variety of Sri Lankan cuisine including the all time favorite “polos curry” was served by Siva of Blue Elephant, the popular catering service based in Pennant Hills.

The event master of ceremonies Sheran De Soyza kept the crowd interested and entertained through out the day while the chief organizer of the event Chaminda Hindurangala extended a heartfelt thank you to the guests for their presence and the organisers for a job well done. The event concluded with a sumptuous afternoon tea service which was organized by the committee members of SLANSW.

(Photo Credits: Dilara Niriella, Sashini Ambagahawita, Rafi Mubarak and Thusitha Karunaratne )

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Sri Lankan Community Young Achiever Awards 2016

Photo Credits : Robin Bosco.

The event held to mark the 68th Independence day of Sri Lanka on the 6th of February 2016 showcased talented Sri Lankan Australian youth being recognised for their achievements in various fields. Mr Maithri Panagoda, a member of the panel of judges for 2016 Sri Lankan Community Young Achiever Awards praised the organisers for acknowledging achievements of the winners which included educational achievements as well as many other fields. Manul Gunaratne, an award recipient of the night, thanked the organisers on behalf of the youth who received awards at the event and spoke of the significance of such recognition.

Click to see images of the awards presentation