WEERASINGHE - Ashan (21 September)

Farewell Felicitation for Mr. Lal Wickrematunga 
On a balmy Saturday evening, September 14th at Concord Function Centre, The Sydney Bens felicitated their most prominent old boy here in Sydney; the affable and much loved Consul General Mr. Lal Wickrematunga. Canapés and drinks at the foyer bar provided the well-wishers ample opportunity to mingle and chat being ushered into the beautifully decorated hall. The tempo of the night was expertly managed by the band Cazcade under the direction of leader and Sydney Old Bens’ President Yohan Pathinather.

A Night in the Galaxy – Presented by the Sydney Alumni of Girls’ High School Kandy
The evening started with welcoming the guests and then paying respects to their Alma mater by gathering to sing the school song. The President’s speech was followed by lively and vibrant music which brought everyone to the dance floor. The entertaining band catered to everyone present playing modern western hits as well as some timeless Sri Lankan pop and classics and of course the indispensable Baila. The dance floor continued to be filled to its capacity until the National Anthems of Sri Lanka and Australia were sung to bring the event to a close just short of midnight.

Sri Lanka Makes Stronger Presence at the Fine Food Australia – 2019
During Fine Food Australia, the Consulate General of Sri Lanka organized a business breakfast networking meeting for the Sri Lankan exporters inviting Australian food importers and distributors. Sampath Samarawickrema, Director/Marketing of the CDA made the presentation to the audience focusing the varieties of value-added Sri Lankan coconut products which can be catered by the Sri Lankan suppliers to the Australian consumers.

Ozlanka and The Sinhalese Cultural Centre Limited jointly announce the transfer of this domain to SCC
Mr. Nihal Fernando of The Sinhalese Cultural Centre Limited and Imtiaz Issadeen, owner Ozlanka are pleased to announce that they have concluded an agreement to transfer the operation and assets of Ozlanka to the Sinhalese Cultural Centre Limited. Ozlanka will be operated by the Sinhalese Cultural Centre (The Sinhalese Cultural Centre Limited, a Not-for-Profit organisation, a registered charity in Australia) to serve the entire Sri Lankan Community. The transition of the operation will occur in the coming weeks.

Recollection on the Beginnings of the Ozanka Website
As Chitran in his appreciation says, the website commenced as an experiment site in 1999 after a joking challenge by a friend of his in Sydney, and it rapidly became a reality, serving the expat Sri Lankan community in Australia and expanding to serve the Sri Lanka diaspora globally without a break, for the past 20 years. We had the opportunity of seeing the preliminary copy of his website, and of course, this was a time when we were so ignorant of the rapidly expanding techno world, and this website excited us all.

Final Editorial by Your Webmaster. "Are you growing old with benevolence or bitterness"
People react differently when it dawns on them that they now have a free life membership to the Old Person’s Club. One wit termed it the Coffin Club. Most logical and sane people will react in a dignified manner. Many will seek out old friends, some will go out of their way to mend fences and bury hatchets. Nearly all will seek companionship with like minded people in their age group.
Wake up and look around you. Ask yourself if you are a hateful, bitter, doubting Thomas. Or are you a benevolent, happy and content old man.

What are Ketones and Keto Diet- Is it confusing?
Sri Lankans eat rice and curry as the staple diet. This is a balanced diet consisting of a large amount of carbs as rice, or a few slices of bread and spicy curries to accompany. Curries such as the veggies, fish, meat or the salty dried fish with an occasional egg curry, provide the required proteins, fats and other micronutrients. The answer to the Western salad, Mallum'. It is a bevy of greens wilted, spiced and combined with shredded coconut amongst other spices. Onion pickle is always there on the dining table as a 'rice puller' that feed the microbiota in your gut.

Invitation to talk about mental health in your community and future priorities
You are invited to a community consultation with the Mental Health Commission of NSW to talk about what is working well in mental health and where improvements need to be made. The Commission is undertaking a mid term review of Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014 - 2024, the 10-year plan for mental health reform in NSW. This consultation will inform our advice to Government on the future priorities for improvements in mental health and wellbeing.

St Peter’s OBA NSW supports needy Peterite students in Sri Lanka
Celebrating the strong friendships formed among Old Boys of all ages, Peterites will come together on October 5 in support of their school and raise funds to provide scholarships to needy children, enabling them to continue their studies without financial stress. President of St Peter’s OBA Sydney Mr Amal Wahab said these scholarships are great way for the Peterite Community of NSW to thank the school for bringing students together as a family in both education and sport.  This year's October Spectacular will raise funds for a worthy cause and is well worth supporting. Click here to view the Event listing on Ozlanka

90th Birthday commemoration launch of personal website
To celebrate the 90th Birthday of Dr. Harold Gunatillake, his personal website is being launched today, 12th September, two days ahead of schedule. The website has links to his YouTube videos, all his articles and his current Newsletter. With the launch of his personal website, Dr. Harold joins the elite club of Sri Lankans who have established their personal web portals. The site was designed, hosted and configured by Imtiaz Issadeen as his gift to Dr. Harold on his 90th Birthday. The website is accessible from the URL (address) below.

Sri Lanka MICE Road Show in Sydney – Australia
The Sri Lankan MICE destination promotion was held in Australia after lapse of eight years and the objective of organising MICE Roadshows in Melbourne and Sydney this year were to capitalise the Australian market and to position Sri Lanka as a cost efficient and attractive destination for global conferences, corporate events and incentive travel.

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