AMBASSADOR SUBASINGHE PARTICIPATES IN
TSUNAMI FUNDRAISER - “REACHING OUT TO THE WORLD”
ORGANIZED BY DC KIDS CARE AT LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DC Kids Care, a Washington D.C. children’s club dedicated
to develop compassion and the spirit of service and philanthropy
in elementary and middle school aged youth, held a community fundraiser
in honor of Tsunami victims in South Asia on Friday, March 4 2005.
The fundraiser entitled “Reaching Out to the World”
was held at the Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Devinda R. Subasinghe, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador
to the United States and Mrs. Helga Wurzer-Subasinghe participated
as Special Guests at the event.
Ambassador Subasinghe, addressing the gathering of teachers,
students, parents and community members said, “I’m
greatly appreciative of the outpouring of support for Sri Lanka’s
reconstruction efforts following the devastating December 26 Tsunami.
The proceeds of this event will help Sri Lanka move closer to
recovery and make connections between the children and youth of
both of our nations. The effort of the children and parents of
the Lafayette Elementary School is particularly highly cherished
as Sri Lanka is keen to enable the Tsunami affected children to
return to school.”
Principle Lynn Main of Lafayette Elementary added, “I hope
a great deal of good can come out of this tragedy to bring cultures
of the world closer together.”
The event organized by DC Kids Care in close cooperation with
parents, teachers and students of the Lafayette Elementary school
community and Deal Junior High School community, included multi-cultural
musical performances, food and a crafts exhibition by students
of all ages. A Sri Lankan family, Dasarath and Ashanthi Kiridena
whose son, Viren attends the Lafayette Kindergarten program, was
also closely associated with the event. The proceeds of the fundraiser
would be sent to Oxfam, Doctors with out Borders, Plan USA and,
towards a project to help sponsor a school in Sri Lanka.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
04 March 2005