SRI LANKA HANDS OVER DONATION TO AID
HURRICANE SURVIVORS AND HOLDS RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES TO REMEMBER
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Bernard
A. B. Goonetilleke on Tuesday (06th September) handed over a cheque
for US $ 25,000/- to the American Red Cross in Washington D.C.
This was in fulfillment of the pledge made by Sri Lanka to help
meet the expenses involved in the disaster relief activities,
following the devastating hurricane Katrina.
Amb. Goonetilleke hands over cheque to David Meltzer, Senior
Vice President of American Red Cross
Handing over the cheque, Ambassador Goonetilleke
remarked that this modest contribution was being made available
by the Government of Sri Lanka on behalf of its people, to express
empathy with the affected victims. He added that it was also in
appreciation of the overwhelming generosity of the American people,
the corporate sector and the US Government, in the aftermath of
the December 26 tsunami.
Ambassador Gooonetilleke also informed the US
Red Cross that members of the Sri Lanka Medical Association of
North America (SLMANA) stand ready to provide medical personnel
to serve the survivors of hurricane Katrina. The Ambassador said
he had taken up this matter when he participated in the Annual
Sessions of the SLMANA held in Chicago on 2-3 September, attended
by several hundred doctors of Sri Lankan origin presently living
in various parts of the US. Their services will be rendered on
a voluntary basis and they were awaiting information concerning
the logistical arrangements to facilitate their deployment.
Ven. Dhammasiri and members of the Sri Lanka community in
Washington participate in the ‘pan vadima’
to offer merit to those killed due to the hurricane
A memorial ceremony was also held at the Washington
Buddhist Vihara in Washington DC on 4 September under the patronage
of the Ven. Maharagama Dhammasiri Thera, Chief incumbent of the
Vihara to offer merit to those who were killed due to the hurricane
and to bestow blessings to those who have been affected by it.
This event was attended by Ambassador Goonetilleke and a cross
section of the Sri Lanka Community living in the Greater Washington
area. Ven. Dhammasiri urged Sri Lankans to make donations towards
helping those affected in America’s hour of need.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
06 Septmeber 2005