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Army Seva Vanitha Showers War Heroes &;amp; Their Families with Millions Worth Gifts


A wide assortment of gifts, including deeds for blocks of land and new houses, financial grants for completion of partly-built houses or for renovations, artificial hands and legs, wheelchairs and automatic chairs, laptops and computers, medical appliances, scholarship grants, medicine, sports accessories, etc, valued over Rs 18 million, were awarded to 759 War Heroes, War Hero families, ‘Abimansal’ (1, 2 and 3) and ‘Mihindu Seth Medura’ inmates, following initiatives, taken by the Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) at the Army Headquarters on Thursday (17) as the Phase - 2 of the project.

At the invitation of Mrs Damayanthi Ratnayake, President, ASVU, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Commander of the Army as the Chief Guest, graced the occasion for distribution of those appreciative gifts to a representative group of War Heroes, Ranaviru family members and 6 civilians, including 3 members of the Army civil staff.

The Army Headquarters-based ASVU, wholly dedicated and fully committed to the uplift of living environment of War Heroes and affected Ranaviru family members, raising own funds through many channels, has spent over Rs 3.5 million for housing, Rs 9.1 million for War Hero medical requirements and over Rs 6 million for donation of artificial legs and limbs, scholarships, computers, wheelchairs, etc in the past six months under this mammoth project which has received the close supervision of the ASVU President and its executive board.

Extending a profuse gratitude to all past Army Seva Vanitha Chairpersons for their untiring efforts to provide solace to War Heroes right throughout these years, the Chief Guest, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, in his brief address to the occasion, spoke high of the continuing service roles, being performed by ladies in the Seva Vanitha with a clear vision.

“Army Seva Vanitha, perhaps is the largest welfare organization of the women in the country, which rendered an unmatched service while our heroic soldiers were fighting a bitter war elsewhere. They gave us motherly care when it was needed most, they stood by us and got us urgent medical requirements, emergency needs, etc, they cared for our children at home and attended to their needs when our presence was not possible there because of battlefield commitments. In short, their visits to the hospitals where our War Heroes remained bed-ridden with serious injuries, etc, provided them with a priceless moral boost and an inspiration, for which all of us are grateful,” the Commander recalled.

“Perhaps only a few know that more than ten thousand War Heroes with amputations or permanent injuries in legs, need to continue the use of Gel socks as their therapy for their injuries on a regular basis which are very costly. I must mention here that the Seva Vanitha with tremendous efforts, has been at the forefront of providing those amputees with such requirements uninterruptedly, which is a great service of immense value in the name of these patriots,” he underlined.

On the same occasion, Directorate of Army Welfare and Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment Seva Vanitha Unit presented cash donations for further enhancement of continuing ASVU welfare roles. Brigadier S.K.G.N.B Ehelamalpe, Director, Army Welfare and Mrs Sharanki Dias, Chairperson, VIR Seva Vanitha Unit, awarded symbolic cheques to the value of Rs 2 million and Rs 1 million respectively to the Commander of the Army who in turn presented them to the President ASVU.

Major General Prasad Samarasinghe, Chief of Staff, Major General E.M.M Ambanpola, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mrs Sepali Samarasinghe, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Signal Corps Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs Imasha Perera, Chairperson, Special Forces Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs Amara Nanayakkara, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Engineers Seva Vanitha Unit, Mr Randika Perera, Chief Operations Manager, Synergy Life Solution (Pvt) Company Ltd and Mrs Malani Senanayake, both donors to the ASVU and a few more ASVU ladies joined in for award of those gifts and incentives to the beneficiaries. 

The ceremony, attended by a large gathering of senior officers, including Director General General Staff, Major General Sumedha Perera, officers and other ranks, Ranaviru family members, invitees, et al, was coloured by several musical and dancing features, presented by Ranaviru Real Stars, and the veteran songstress, Deepika Priyadarshani.

Mrs Sepali Samarasinghe, Vice President, ASVU received Mrs Damayanthi Ratnayake, President, ASVU on arrival at the premises and conducted the Chief Guest and Mrs Ratnayake to the premises in a procession.