Ex-Engineering Officers of
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation met again on
April 24, 2016 at Green Garden, Kirulapona for
their 6th consecutive get-together which is the
only forum they have been meeting which was
started in 2009. This year 157 participants were
recorded and ex-officers, some of their spouses
and some invitees were among the gathering. It
was a sunny day and there were no obstacles to
disturb the day’s program which started around 9
am after breakfast including Kiribath, Kevum and
ended up with a late lunch which went on until 4
pm. Delivering the welcome speech Mr. Sunil de
Silva, on behalf of the organizing committee
thanked everybody who is present today,
accepting the invitation sent by the organizing
committee. He mentioned that this is the 6th
consecutive get-together and it would have not
been a success without the support of members
who contributed financially as they did in
previous occasions. He specially thanked
organizing committee for working as a team from
the inception in organizing this get-together
which has become an annual event which every
ex-engineering officer is awaiting to meet their
colleagues. He further mentioned that the
organizing committee is looking forward to
organize such an event next year too, with the
help of everybody.
The organizing committee had done a lot to make
the event a success and they had started their
work few months back. Members of the
organization had helped the organizing committee
in different ways and some of the members who
live abroad had sent their financial
contributions though they were not in a position
to be present and meet their colleagues.
This year also the organizing committee had
arranged financial donations of Rs.50,000.00
each for two members. One was suffering from
kidney malfunctions and the other had
complications due to Diabetic for a long period.
One donation was sponsored by Mr. Wasantha
Amarasinghe who is living in Canada and on his
request it was donated to Mr.
J.S.W.Wickremasinghe. The other donation was
arranged from the contributions made by members
and it was donated to Mr. S.M.D.D. Senaratne .
Both donations were handed over to the
recipients by former Director Engineering Mr.
T.D.Pathmasiri. Mr. Pathmasiri had been a
regular attendee of the past get-togethers. At
the previous year also two donations were
arranged by the organizing committee and the two
recipients were Mr. Sarath Fernando and Mr.
Gallage who were suffering from kidney
malfunctions. Each was donated with Rs.75,000.00
as a help to compensate their huge medical
bills. Mr.Sarath Fernando who was sick for a
long period passed away few months back. Mr.
Anura de Silva was presented with a token of
appreciation for the great human activity he has
done by donating one kidney to a sick person who
had been suffering from both kidney failures and
looking for a kidney to survive from death. When
Mr. Anura de Silva came to know about it he had
come forward and donated one kidney
demonstrating that he is a person with super
human qualities. The token of appreciation was
handed over by former Deputy Director General
Engineering Mr. Lionel Pinto and the occasion
was so emotional that everybody gave a standing
ovation to respect the special human activity of
Mr. Anura de Silva. By deciding to be a donor,
he gave the gift of hope …..hope for the
thousands of individuals awaiting kidney
transplants and hope for the millions of
individuals whose lives could be enhanced
through such transplants. In fact, studies have
shown that kidney donors actually live longer
than the general population - because donors
come from a pool of people in good health.
Everybody gathered, did not forget to speak few
words with him and wish him good health.
Speaking after receiving the token of
appreciation, responding to a question raised by
the compeer, Mr. Silva mentioned that when he
worked at Jaffna broadcasting station which was
functioning in the Jaffna army camp during the
war time, he had seen lot of soldiers
sacrificing their lives to protect the country
and he decided to donate a body part to protect
the life of a sick person to survive from death.
There was a good participation for the games
arranged by the organizers and musical chair for
ladies and for gents took long time as many
wanted to participate. Lime & spoon games for
both ladies and gents were also there. Kanamutti
game which is normally held in Sinhala & Tamil
New Year season was also included in the game
list. At last, Blowing balloons game was held
and it took about one hour to complete all
games. Then winners of games were presented
their prizes by the organizing committee.
Dr.Godakanda, Chairman of Vendole Lanka who
agreed to be present at the 6th get-together
when he was invited few weeks back by the
organizing committee, arrived while games were
going on. He spent some time speaking to the
gathering, handed over a cash donation to the
organizing committee and left for another
function. Dr.Godakanda contributed cash
donations as well as material donations in
several previous occasions.
This year 11 ex-officers had reached the age of
70 and they were respected by handing over a
gift to each to mark their great services
rendered to the broadcasting service. Majority
of them had participated in all the six
get-togethers showing their willingness to work
as a team.
Music group “Balora” led by Luxman Perera &
Anura Perera entertained the gathering and as
usual some members also contributed by singing
songs. Mr. Chatrapani Peiris presented few mouth
organ recitals. There was adequate time for
everybody to enjoy as they wanted. Around 2 pm
when compeer announced lunch was ready only
ladies and few gents were seen joining the lunch
queue. Others took about another hour to finish
their drinks and move towards the lunch queue.
Anyway some had their lunch around 4pm.
At the end every member thanked the organizing
committee for arranging the get-together and
vowed to be present next year too.