DAANA Financial Support for
Dharmaraja College - 2016
Expedition 2016 Rs.
Instrument Donation Rs.
for DRCK Students Rs.
for Medical Students Rs.
Repair (Grade 08) Rs.
Induwara Medical Treatments Rs.
Summary of Activities
Rajans Endeavour – Himalayan
Last year, Rajans scouts were
involved in a mission to rewrite history again by reaching “Island Peak” of
Himalayas as the first team to reach the highest altitude ever reached by a Sri
Lankan team and set a new record. This Himalayan expedition was organized in
order to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Rajans’ Himalayan Expedition and
the life and contributions of late Mr. Ajith Jayasekara. He was the pioneer of
the Sri Lankan Himalayan exploration feat, and a great Rajan who rendered an
immense service to the scout movement in Sri Lanka. With the help of DAANA
members, we were able to provide financial support for this monumental effort.
DC Rugby Sevens 2016
The DAANA members supported the Rajans to
excel in the 2016 Sri Lankan Schools Tag Rugby 7's tournament through donations
as well as participation. The DAANA members cheered along our players towards victory
with enthusiasm. The Rajans’ team secured the "Russel Cramer Trophy
AGM & Get-Together 2016 -
Channa and Upuli's "Thala" Dance Program
The DAANA 2016 Annual General
Meeting and Get-Together was held in Houston, Texas on the 23rd of April. The
event had an attendance of more than 35 members, including family and friends
making it a huge success. The chosen venue was the Shahnai Restaurant in
Houston. Sanka Tennakoon and Dr. Suren Lewkebandara, with the support of other
DAANA members and other Sri Lankans in Houston, organized the “Thala” dance
program that showcased a modern depiction of Sri Lanka’s traditional dance
forms directed by Channa Wijewardena. This performance was held at the
Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on April 22, 2016 and was funded in part by
the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. It was a great
success and was widely attended by both Sri Lankans and others.
Almsgiving Ceremony by DAANA
New York Chapter
The DAANA New York chapter
organized an almsgiving ceremony which took place at the Queens Buddhist Temple
on the 4th of June 2016.
IGP Pujith Jayasundara’s
Visit to New York
IGP Pujith Jayasundara, a
reputed Rajan, is the 34th Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Sri Lanka who
is also the first Rajan to be the IGP. He visited USA to attend the United
Nations Chiefs of Police Summit held in New York. During his visit, he
participated in an almsgiving ceremony organized
by the New York Chapter of DAANA at the New York Buddhist Temple where he
received the blessings of the chief incumbent. In addition, he participated in
a gathering of Dharmaraja College alumni and their family members. Concluding
the gathering, on behalf of DAANA, he was
awarded a plaque congratulating him on his
appointment as the IGP.
Donation of Musical
Instruments to Dharmaraja College
DAANA received a request from
Dharmaraja College to provide financial support to obtain several much needed
musical instruments for the college music classes. We are happy to state that
many of DAANA members donated eagerly in order to help grant the request made
by our Alma Mater. Further, the DAANA DC Chapter organized a fundraising event
on December 6th, 2015 to further contribute towards this cause. DAANA President
Dr. Sanjeewa Gamagedara visited DRCK and coordinated this donation. We were
able to donate music instruments worth of Rs.200,000.
Dharmaraja College OBU “All
Dharmaraja College Old Boys
Union in Kandy organized a get-together for all old boys groups which was held on
June 25th, 2016 at Oak Ray Hotel, Kandy. Presidents, Secretaries, and
Treasurers of 32 Old boys groups of DRCK participated in this occasion. Its
main objectives were to update one another on their current and past activities
and network with the different old boys groups. Mr. A.P. Gunaratne and
principal Mr. S. M. Keerthiratne participated in this event as well. DAANA
president Dr. Sanjeewa Gamagedara who also participated in the event delivered
a presentation titled “DAANA: Past, Present & Future” which informed
the gathering on the progress of DAANA over the years …...
The DAANA NY Chapter End of
Summer Family Get-together 2016
The DANNA NY chapter end of
summer family get-together 2016 was held in Nanuet, NY on the 24th of
September, 2016. It was hosted by Dr. Karu Bombuwela at his home in
Nanuet, NY. There were badminton and carom games, in which everyone participated.
A Warm Farewell to Dr. Ashoka
Dr. Ashoka Polpitiya is one
of the pioneering members of DAANA who made a huge effort in bringing DAANA
into its present state. He served three times in DAANA BOD, including his
leadership as the president once. Some of his ideas became the founding
principles of DAANA. He will be relocating to Sri Lanka after accepting a prestigious
position in the academia. Therefore, we dedicated a newsletter to Dr. Ashoka
Polpitiya to give him a memorable farewell.
DAANA Scholarship Program
As a result of the generosity
of our DAANA members, this year we were able to donate 52 annual scholarships, each
based on academic merit, worth of Rs. 13,000. In addition, five undergraduate
scholarships worth of Rs. 22,000 each were awarded to five medical students.
The DAANA Scholarship Award Ceremony was recently held at Dharmaraja College
with the participation of the principal, teachers, students and their parents. The
former presidents of DAANA, Dr. Ashoka Polpitiya and Dr. Sandun Kuruppu
represented DAANA at the award ceremony.
- First of all
we would like to thank all DAANA members for the confidence shown in
nominating us for the year 2016. We specially thank the BOD of 2015 for
their initial guidance for a seamless transition.
- We were able
to raise the needed funds for the DAANA Scholarship Program by the end of
2016. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the donors and
everyone who supported and encouraged us to achieve this goal. Without
your generosity, we will not have been able to make a difference in many
young Rajans’ lives. This year, the contributions from Dr. Keerthi De
Silva (the single largest contributor to the DAANA scholarships program,
for 7 years in a row) and Dr. Priyantha Herath strengthened our
- We are
grateful to Dr. Shyaminda Basnayake and other old Rajans in Sri Lanka and
Mrs. Thamara Marapana for organizing and coordinating the scholarship
award ceremony at the school. Also, we would like to thank the principal,
Mr. Dampiya Wanasinghe and the staff of the Dharmaraja College for their
- The DAANA BOD
would like to thank our members who contributed towards the Musical
Instrument Donation to Dharmaraja College.
- We would like
to thank Dr. Thushara Diyabalanage for conducting an interview with Dr.
Ashoka Polpitiya for the newsletter dedicated to Dr. Ashoka Polpitiya.
- We would like to thank Rajitha Siriwardena and everyone
who supported our team at the DC Rugby Sevens 2016. Also the efforts
of our 2016 Rugby Team is greatly appreciated.
- We are
grateful to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara for
participating in the event organized by DAANA NY Chapter members. We would
like to thank Geeth Uyanwatte for going out of his way to coordinate DAANA’s
and IGP’s participation in both the alms-giving ceremony and the dinner. Further,
a sincere thanks goes to Wimal Ariyawansa for hosting the IGP, DAANA NY
Chapter members and their families with a short notice.
- We would like
to thank Dr. Karu Bombuwala and Ama Geewandara for organizing and
coordinating the DAANA NY Chapter End of Summer Family Get-together.
- We are grateful to Dr. Suren Lewkebandara for supporting “Thala” dance program that was held on the eve of the DAANA AGM 2016.
- We greatly
appreciate the support of Dr. Sarith Mahanama for preparing the financial
statements and Mr. Krishanth Ediriweera for providing assistance with bank
Thank You & Best Wishes for a Wonderful
Year Ahead !
Sanka Tennakoon (Treasurer)
Indika Deepal Weerasinghe
Ramesh Maddegoda (Media