Thorathuru Special Edition October 2015


You can Advertise with the Sri Lanka Association of NSW
At events, on the website, in the newsletter Thorathuru and many more opportunities –
Please contact Ajith Karunaratne for all your advertising needs
email: vice_president1@slansw.org.au

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INTRODUCTION: This survey is being sent to all SLANSW members to find out your needs and expectations. The 2015 SLANSW committee is interested in receiving YOUR FEEDBACK as to what you expect the committee members to organise for you regarding retirement living for you and your family.  As you know the SLANSW has already successfully held social events such as the HSC awards for Youth, Seniors lunch, Autumn Ball and donated and supported the Sinhala/Tamil New Years Day Celebrations and the Chitrasena Dance Troupe cultural event.

The committee is now planning to request a grant from the Government and a concept proposal for an Aged Care Hostel (ACH) for seniors, Independent Retirement Village (IRV)   for over 55yr old members, and a Community Hall (CH) for all SLANSW members.

Participation in this survey is entirely voluntary. It will be optional for you to provide personal contact data.  However, we hope you will join this survey as the information you provide will be used to determine the retirement services we can provide to you as members. The information you provide will be accessible only by the survey team, will be kept as classified confidential data and will be destroyed after five years.

It will take only 5-10 minutes to answer this short survey and send the response back by e mail or normal mail.

Click on the link to download the survey form – 2015 Updated Needs assessment survey July 2015.GT

Mentoring to Empower South Asian Women Project

mentoring to empower

Portraits in Pink

Portraits in Pink is a photographic exhibition of 14 breast cancer survivors from Indian and Sri Lankan background in NSW. The exhibition is open from 12th to 25th October 2015. On Saturday the 17th of October, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm you will get the opportunity  to meet the Portraits in Pink breast cancer saviours.

Colours of Spring – An unforgettable night!


By Sharmila Jayasinghe Niriella

Sri Lankan Association of NSW successfully executed yet another spectacular evening of entertainment on 5th of September 2015. As the event name clearly states “Colours Of Spring” which was organised to usher in the spring season saw many Sri Lankan Sydney siders donning their spring colours and flowers prints and heading over to celebrate with family and friends.
This colourful night was which was held at the Yagoona Social Club indeed spanned out to be a delightful night and a spectacular success. The ballroom of the social club was styled into an intimate and elegant setting ready to welcome families and friends to a night of entertainment. The generous dance floor of the venue was packed all night with guests not wanting to leave as the DJ for the night Shehan diligently played music to cater for all ages present. For the pleasure of everyone, young and old, the night was filled with prizes and surprises galore.
The guests of the night were treated to a delightful dance performance by the Mystic Bollywood dance troupe. The highlight of the night by far would have to be when the talented girls of Mystic got the audience onto the dance floor to join them in their Bollywood dance ,routine. It indeed provided entertainment for the whole gathering as the volunteer dances young and old followed the leaders instructions instantly getting the hang of Bollywood steps which were humorously referred to as “washing clothes, drying them out & screwing the bulb on, patting the dog”.
Over 170 attendees were treated to delicious Sri Lankan themed entrees and a buffet dinner showcasing culinary skills of Roger Billimoria and his team. The MC for the night Sanjeewa Ratnayake kept the guests informed and entertained with his witty humour and easy going style. Ruwan Walpola, the president of the association ,welcomed the guests eloquently while Niranjan De Alwis, the public officer of the association and the head of the Colours of Spring event committee, provided the vote of thanks acknowledging the presence of the guests of the night and thanking the hardworking committee for a job well-done. The glitz and glamour of the entire event was captured through the lens of Dasmin Anupa Niriella.
The Association set out to provide an opportunity for families and friends to come together and enjoy a night of entertainment and they managed to execute this beyond expectations. Click to view photos

SLANSW mentioned in the Hansard

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Mr KEVIN CONOLLY (Riverstone) [12.32 p.m.]: I inform the House today about the Sri Lanka Association of New South Wales annual dinner dance held last weekend. Since being elected as member for Riverstone, it has been my pleasure to have been engaged with the Lankarama Buddhist temple at Schofields. From humble beginnings some 20 years ago, this temple has been gradually developed and enhanced by the Sri Lankan Buddhist community in Sydney to become a major gathering centre, a major place of worship, and a major place of learning and Sri Lankan culture.Click to read more