The mega trade exhibition cum carnival ‘Nikini Udanaya’, the pet project of the Special Forces (SF) troops with the objective of raising funds for SF welfare projects, got underway Thursday (23) evening at Negombo Kadolkele ground after a brief ceremony, attended by Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya who graced the opening as the Chief Guest.
Proceeds from this four-day (Aug 23-26) long mega fund-raising event, organized by the Special Forces, headquartered in Seeduwa, Katunayake, are channeled exclusively to provide the maximum possible welfare support to disable SF War Heroes, children and spouses of War Heroes who had either paid the supreme sacrifice or gone missing in action during the recently concluded war for peace.
Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army, in the company of Colonel of the Regiment, Major General Jagath Alwis and other senior officers, declared open the trade fair after lighting the traditional oil lamp to the rhythms of auspicious drums.
The trade fair consists of a large number of stalls, filled with clothes, readymade garments, food items, commodities, fancy items, essentials, and suchlike. It has also earmarked separate play area for children’s entertainment, in addition to other fun-making events in the carnival.
Other features that decorate the site include displays of Army weapons, Army bands, air rifle shooting, dog shows, motorbike riding, etc.
Popular Seeduwa Sakura, Sanidapa and Flashback music bands are expected to back soothing and dancing rhythms of melodies, to be voiced by heart-throbs of our times during opening hours of the trade fair. On all three days a galaxy of popular pop singers like Shanika Wanigasekara, Shashika Nisansala, Amal Perera, Nelu Adikari, Senanayaka Veraliyadda, Ginger, Supriya, Jolly Seeya, Damith Asanka, Uresha Ravihari, Nihal Nelson and Chamika Sirimanna are to lend their voices too to the mammoth event.