World Children's Day Celebrated in Morawewa
Published on: 2009-10-09 20:13:59
Sri Lanka Air Force Seva Vanitha Unit (SLAF SVU) organized an Inter School Athletic Meet to commemorate International Children’s Day (ICD). More than 300 school children representing all communities in Morawewa, Eastern Province, celebrated this special day on 09 October 2009. ICD is celebrated all over the world on 01 October each year and many activities draw attention to the importance of viewing children as the future of the world.
SLAF SVU gathered children of all communities under one banner to promote unity and harmony in the area, shedding all differences. The Chief Guest of the event, Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke, was warmly welcomed by children representing all communities. This event was organised by the SLAF SVU on a concept nurtured by its chairperson, Mrs. Nelun Goonetileke. This is the 2nd consective instance an event was organised by the SVU to celebrate ICD in Morawewa under the guidance and direction of Mrs. Nelun Goonetileke.
Symbolic lighting of the Olympic Lamp by the School Captains of all participating schools marked the opening of the meet. The National Flag was hoisted by the Commander of the Air Force who was the chief guest, while the Sri Lanka Air Force Morawewa Flag was hoisted by the Commanding Officer of the Morawewa Air Force Camp. SLAF SVU Chairperson Mrs. Nelun Goonetileke hoisted the SLAF SVU flag, while school flags were hoisted by respective school principals and prefects. National Anthem was sung after hoisting of the Flags.
In this event the SLAF SVU provided all with meals throughout the day. The unit further donated dry ration packs and special gifts to all children who participated in the inter school sports meet. Winners were awarded with trophies and certificates. The best athlete of the meet was awarded with a “Challenge Trophy”
Also today, the SLAF SVU laid the foundation stone for a new school to be built in Divulwewa area and a water tank was opened to facilitate newly resettled people in Morawewa. Further, the SLAF SVU donated clothing items to families in the newly resettled area.
Sri Lanka Air Force beat group provided music throughout the day. At sundown, all walked happily towards their respective homes, with the hope of a better future. True to its vision the SLAF SVU continues to contribute to SLAF servicemen and the society tirelessly.