Archive for November, 2012

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Unity Tour of Singapore turns out to be a success story

November 2, 2012

Aided by Emirates Airways and others the Unity Team chosen after the recent U 19 MURALI CUP played several cricket matches in Singapore and participated in several fundraising events for the FOUNDATION OF GOODNESS and its programme of reconcilition via sport. The presence of Kumar Sangakkara and Ravindra Pushpakumara as coaches and Russel Arnold as commentator and raconteur spiced and enhanced the programme. And then, of coure, was Murali the livewire — here there and everywhere. What better ambassadors for Lanka and for the paths of reconciliation: two Tamils, one mixed Sinhala-Tamil (Ravi) and two Sinhalese (Kumar and Kushil).

FOG has committed itself to dividing the proceeds into two halves, with one half being committed to the enrichment of sport in the north and the other in the south.

For the Unity Tour Fundraiser Story, visit  http://www.unconditionalcompassion.org/sub/23102012_unityTour.php

For the Unity Tour Photo Gallery, visit  http://www.unconditionalcompassion.org/sub/Murali_Harmony_Cup_Unity_Tour_2012_Gallery_pics.html

The Unity Team comprised of the outstanding players who made their mark during the Murali Harmony Cup tournament in the North, and most often they were recognized as man of the match during the games. Lead by team captain and Man of the Series Jason Buultjens, the Unity Team is as follows:

    • Jason Buultjens (captain) – St Peters’ College-Colombo
    • Tharindu Kaushal (vice captain) – Seenigama FOG Academy
    • L.P.Dilantha – Debarawewa Central College-Debarawewa
    • Yohan De Silva – Dharmasoka College-Ambalangoda
    • Rasanjana Jayaratne – Maliyadeva College-Kurunegala
    • Sandeep Nissansala – Anuradhapura Central College-Anuradhapura
    • Chemila Obeyesekera – St Peter’s College-Colombo
    • Guster Tuder – Jaffna Combined Colleges
    • Edward Edin – Jaffna Combined Colleges
    • S.Sanjeeve – Trinco & Batticaloa Combined Colleges
    • L.G.Asela Sampath – Trinco & Batticaloa Combined Colleges
    • Gahnesh Lakitharan – Kilinochchi Combined Colleges
    • Paramakuru Aruna – Mullativu Combined Colleges
    • Koneswaran Haripranvan – Vavuniya & Mannar Combined Colleges
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George Bailey thanks Colts Cricket Club for its facilities and the Warmth of Assistance

November 2, 2012

George Bailey with Tissa Abeywardena, Vice-President of the Colombo Colts Cricket Club, at a moment when Bailey came to the clubhouse afger a practice session to thank the Committee for the training facilities provided the Aussie T 20 squad during the World 20/20 tournament recently. They rated the grounds and the wickets highly.

Not many will know that the Colts Cricket Club was initially located in the Pettah and provided the cream of the Ceylonese ricketers in the late 19th century. Most were Burgher. Indeed, when a Ceylonese XI took on the Europeans in a “test of strength” in the mid 1880s all eleven were Burgher. and were mostly Colts. This challenge was an elliptical form of nationalism in an era where direct questioning of imperialism would have been deemed “seditious”. SEE Roberts, Raheem and Colin-Thome, People Inbetween, 1989, Sarvodaya, for details