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The Sri Lanka Ex Service Persons Association in the UK  held its 7th AGM

Press Release

The Sri Lanka Ex Service Persons Association in the UK (SLESPA-UK) was formed on 17th September 2009, as a social organisation, for the purpose of fostering camaraderie and esprit de Corps amongst all Sri Lankan Ex-Service Persons, and their families domiciled in the United Kingdom, while providing assistance to identified charitable projects in Sri Lanka. SLESPA-UK functions as a non-political, non-profit-making voluntary organisation for the welfare of its members within the larger community. SLESPA-UK is an affiliated member of Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen Association (SLESA), and also maintains communication with other ex-services organisations in the UK, and worldwide.

SLESPA-UK,  held its 7th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday 5th June 2016 at Rising Sun Hotel,  Sudbury Hill, London with the participation of nearly 30 members. The event started observing 2 minutes silence as a mark of respect, in memory of the fallen comrades from all the services.

SLESPA-UK has been growing from strength to strength during the last 7 years. Some of the notable events held during 2015/16 were, the annual events ‘Summer Family Get Together and Sports Day’ at Blake Hall Sports club, surrounded by picturesque Wanstead Golf course and scenic Epping forest woodlands and 'Target  Shooting Day' for the members and their families at the historic birth place of Paralympics games, Stoke Mandeville Olympic Stadium. 'An afternoon with Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera (retd) a sea/land warrior, turned community worker and a politician' created SLESPA-UK members a memorable opportunity to share Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera (retd)'s experiences being a serviceman, community worker, a poet and a member of parliament. The year ended successfully launching the  inaugural  'Sri Lanka Schools Target Shooting Competitions' with 6 participating Old Boy's Associations including St. Peters, St. Josephs, Ananda, Nalanda, Royal, Richmond, and nearly 20 individual competitors from many other schools in Sri Lanka.

SLESPA has supported Sri Lanka ExServicemen's Veterans Home at Bolagala, Katana and Triest Children's Orphanage in Ramanathapuram, Kilinochchi in previous years. During 2015/2016, SLESPA-UK handed over a donation to a very deserving disabled soldier for his toilet/bath room modifications to suit his special needs and donated shooting equipment to Sri Lanka School Shooting Association. The outgoing President Col Pasan Kularatne(rtd) thanked his committee, the members, their friends and families for their untiring efforts and co-operation towards the success of his tenure.

The following were elected to the new committee for 2016/17:

Executive Committee:

President:                          Capt (Dr) Sena Nanayakkara (rtd)
Vice President;                  Lt Comdr Kapila De Alwis (rtd)
Secretary:                         Capt Mahen Abayasekera (rtd)
Treasurer:                         Flt Lt(Dr) Deepthi Ratnayake(rtd)
Legal Secretary:                Maj Selva Sathananthan (rtd)
Event Co-ordinator:            Mr Aloysius Gnanapragasm

General Committee:

Lt Ravi Pahalawatte (rtd), Capt Dinesh Sampath (rtd),  Col Shiam Vidurupola (rtd),    Maj Asoka Elapatha (rtd),  Mr Piyasena Seneviratne,  Wg Cdr Sanath Sahabandu (rtd).

IPP ( Ex officio):                Col Pasan Kularatne(rtd)

Hon. Auditor:    Mr Neville Jayamaha 

The newly elected President Capt. (Dr) Sena Nanayakkara thanked the members for their trust and confidence placed on him. He emphasised the importance of working  together at all times as a team for continuing success and a better outcome. He also paid a glowing tribute to the outgoing committee led by Col. Pasan Kularatna for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm.

After the conclusion of the AGM agenda, members and their spouses enjoyed a buffet meal complemented with hot hoppers and other refreshments.

SLESPA-UK Event Diary

·         21st August 2016 - Summer Family Get Together and Sports Day (Members/family/friends only)

·         25th September 2016 - Sri Lanka Schools Target Shooting Competitions (Members of School OBA/OGA's only)

·         20th November 2016 - Target  Shooting Day (Members/family/friends only)

·         31st December  2016 - New Years Eve Dinner Dance (Members/family/friends only)

If you are an ex-service/service person of the Sri Lankan armed forces and now domiciled in the United Kingdom, and interested in joining the association, or a member of OBA/OGA interested participating in Sri Lanka Schools Target Shooting Competitions event, please contact the Secretary Capt. Mahen Abayasekera (rtd) on 07939124909. For more information please visit - https://www.facebook.com/SLESPAUK

 (SLESPA-UK Media)


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