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Rs 50000/= was donated by SLBC Ex Eng. Officers Organization to Mr. Kamal De Silva, former Technical officer who underwent a brain surgery recently.

Mr. Kamal De Silva is a member of SLBC Ex Eng. Officers Organization and we could make this financial support because of your kind donations made several times towards us from the inception of this organization..

 

Get-Together 2016

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.

 
Mr. Anura De Silva receives a token of
appreciation from Mr. Lionel Pinto
Mr. Wickremasinghe receives a financial
donation from Mr. T.D.Pathmasiri
 
Dr. Godakanda handing over a cash donation to Mr. Sunil De Silva of the organizing Committee

Last Updated on
19th Feb 2017

2016 EVENT 
PICTURE  NOW ONLINE

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Eeffectiveness of the
Team Work

( PowerPoint presentation )

 

Our Beginning of SLBCEEOO
For many years, whenever some of us met at various functions, we were talking about a way of arranging a get-together of former colleagues. While some of us were talking about it, our colleagues at Ekala Transmitters started in 1996 an Association for staff worked and working at Ekala. They had an annual get-together in which they later accommodated others too. Due to various difficulties, specially being away from Colombo, expansion of this activity was not possible. In 2009, when met at another function few of us decided to go ahead and turn what we were talking about to an actuality. With the full blessings of the pioneers of the Ekala function, we formed a small committee with MAU Manthriratne as the senior member.

At the first meeting of this committee in August 2009, we decided to have the first get-together in December 12. Almost everybody who gathered there were

very happy to meet former colleagues – some were after 15 – 20 years.
 Few who were anxious to attend the get-together could not make it – due to health reasons, prior commitments, away from country etc.. The committee who sacrificed little of their time and money was very happy with the outcome as hundred and three (103) colleagues attended and with spouses it was hundred and thirty-five (135).

Formation
The Association hopes :

a. to increase the sense of fellowship in former engineering staff

b. to afford guidance and encouragement to present staff if and when necessity arises.

c. to create a Trust Fund.


The members of SLBCEEOO are the former members of the engineering staff who have been working at Radio SEAC / Radio Ceylon / CBC / SLBC.

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