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Published on - 10/15/2004

Army Seva Vanitha declares \"Rana Viru Upakaara- Upahaara\" day to help unsung heroes

A national-level awareness programme to remember and appreciate the invaluable contributions being extended or hitherto made by unsung heroes of the Sri Lanka Army is to be launched shortly following an initiative of the Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU), headed by Mrs Sonia Kottegoda, President ASVU.

Multifarious activities, including the declaration of 25th October 2004 as “Ranaviru Upakaara Upahaara Day” (Day of Appreciation & Assistance to War Heroes) are to get under way after a fund-raising music recital titled, “Rana Gee Miyaesiya” is kicked off at Elphinstone theatre on 23 October 2004.

At a media briefing held on Thursday at ASVU office, conducted by ASVU President, Mrs Sonia Kottegoda, Vice president, Mrs Nilanthi Seneviratne ASVU Secretary, Mrs Anoma Fonseka and the Public Relations Officer Mrs Champika Wijesinghe, the ASVU announced that this national-level campaign to whip up awareness among the public is to begin with the musical evening.

Proceeds from those projects are to be used exclusively for construction/renovation/refurbishment of the residences of those unsung Heroes serving in the Army including those who sacrificed their limbs in the battlefield.

“One should not look upon War Heroes as people who need your sympathy or mercy but a lot who deserve your appreciation and respect in terms of the sacrifices and contributions they are making and they have hitherto made. During the war, people extend their unstinted support to Armed Forces, but in peacetime everybody appears to have forgotten what they do,” Mrs Sonia Kottegoda commented.

She also appealed to the media to remind the public of the services that those soldiers are doing the Nation, be it either wartime or peacetime.

Arrangements have been made to make public tills available at different public places on 25th October so that the public could make their contributions which in turn would help welfare measures being launched by the ASVU.

Popular vocalists, Maestro Amaradeva, Victor Ratnayake, Latha Walpola, T. M. Jayaratne, Edward Jayakody, Rukantha and Chandraleka with over eighteen singers are expected to add their flavour to the musical extravaganza at Elphinstone.

Tickets for the “Rana Gee Miyaesiya” can be purchased from the Army Seva Vanitha Unit office at Army Headquarters (Tel: 01-2343953) or from the Elphinstone theatre from 20th October onwards. Those wishing to give direct contributions to these projects are encouraged to send in their contributions/cheques/money orders to ARMY SEVA VANITHA RANAVIRU SEVANA FUND for Account No. 0050366596. at Hatton National Bank (HNB). Those who want to provide material donations for construction/renovation of Ranaviru dwellings are also requested to get in touch with the ASVU thru Tel: 01-2343953.

A national-level awareness programme to remember and appreciate the invaluable contributions being extended or hitherto made by unsung heroes of the Sri Lanka Army is to be launched shortly following an initiative of the Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU), headed by Mrs Sonia Kottegoda, President ASVU.

Multifarious activities, including the declaration of 25th October 2004 as “Ranaviru Upakaara Upahaara Day” (Day of Appreciation & Assistance to War Heroes) are to get under way after a fund-raising music recital titled, “Rana Gee Miyaesiya” is kicked off at Elphinstone theatre on 23 October 2004.

At a media briefing held on Thursday at ASVU office, conducted by ASVU President, Mrs Sonia Kottegoda, Vice president, Mrs Nilanthi Seneviratne ASVU Secretary, Mrs Anoma Fonseka and the Public Relations Officer Mrs Champika Wijesinghe, the ASVU announced that this national-level campaign to whip up awareness among the public is to begin with the musical evening.

Proceeds from those projects are to be used exclusively for construction/renovation/refurbishment of the residences of those unsung Heroes serving in the Army including those who sacrificed their limbs in the battlefield.

“One should not look upon War Heroes as people who need your sympathy or mercy but a lot who deserve your appreciation and respect in terms of the sacrifices and contributions they are making and they have hitherto made. During the war, people extend their unstinted support to Armed Forces, but in peacetime everybody appears to have forgotten what they do,” Mrs Sonia Kottegoda commented.

She also appealed to the media to remind the public of the services that those soldiers are doing the Nation, be it either wartime or peacetime.

Arrangements have been made to make public tills available at different public places on 25th October so that the public could make their contributions which in turn would help welfare measures being launched by the ASVU.

Popular vocalists, Maestro Amaradeva, Victor Ratnayake, Latha Walpola, T. M. Jayaratne, Edward Jayakody, Rukantha and Chandraleka with over eighteen singers are expected to add their flavour to the musical extravaganza at Elphinstone.

Tickets for the \"Rana Gee Miyaesiya\" can be purchased from the Army Seva Vanitha Unit office at Army Headquarters (Tel: 01-2343953) or from the Elphinstone theatre from 20th October onwards. Those wishing to give direct contributions to these projects are encouraged to send in their contributions/cheques/money orders to ARMY SEVA VANITHA RANAVIRU SEVANA FUND for Account No. 0050366596. at Hatton National Bank (HNB). Those who want to provide material donations for construction/renovation of Ranaviru dwellings are also requested to get in touch with the ASVU thru Tel: 01-2343953.