10th June 2016 18:08:32 Hours
Sri Lanka Army troops in an unprecedented civil - oriented project, targeting students of 19 schools in flood-affected Divisional Secretariat in Kolonnawa, volunteered to sew school uniforms, free of charge to them, following a project, launched by Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army.
The first phase of the project, in which a total of 7000 students in 10 schools were to receive Army-sewn uniforms, got underway this morning (7) at Sri Abhinawaramaya, Kuruniyawatta, Kolonnawa during a brief ceremony, represented by Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, Commander, Security Force - West on behalf of the Commander of the Army.
Organized under the aegis of Ven. Rambukwelle Dhammananda Nayaka Thero, Sri Abhinawaramadhipathi and Chief Sanghanayake, Tuesday’s (7) inaugural ceremony was attended by 10 school principals, a representative gathering of school students, Ms Amitha Dodamwala, Divisional Secretary for Kolonnawa, Ms Dammi Kodikaraarachchi, Zonal Education Director for Kolonnawa and a gathering of parents and teachers.
Differently-able but professionally skilled soldiers in sewing attached to the Ranaviru Apparels Ltd of the Army using modern machines and technology, began stitching those uniforms, beginning from today (7) at Sri Abhinawaramaya.
They are scheduled to sew those uniforms within the shortest possible period under the close supervision of Lieutenant Colonel Chaminda Ranasinghe, Commanding Officer, 14 Sri Lanka Light Infantry who has also coordinated the project. Cloths provided by the government to the students are used for this project running in the temple premises.
During the ceremony, Major General Ranasinghe, Divisional Secretaries and a principal symbolically cut the cloth before the tailoring staff and handed over the samples for sewing.
Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, touched by the loss of school uniforms to the students in flood-affected areas immediately got in touch with the Ranaviru Apparels of the Army and explored possibilities of carrying out this project from a venue in the heart of Kolonnawa where floods caused immense damages. The incumbent of the temple as well as Divisional Secretaries offered their full support to this exceptional project of the Army.