Published on - 8/26/2005
A three storied building converted to an oasis of welfare services, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) headed by Mrs. Sonia Kottegoda, President ASVU was declared open Wednesday (17) morning by Mrs. Pearl Sandagiri, President Seva Vanitha Unit, Sri Lanka Navy.
On an invitation extended to Mrs. Sandagiri by Mrs Kottegoda, the building, converted to a complex of welfare services at a cost of Rs 6 million at Colombo Army Headquarters, including a permanent shop, canteen, tailor shop, auditorium, bakery, beauty saloon and a restroom for children, was gifted to the soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army during this brief ceremony.
ASVU, founded on 12 July 1984 dedicated to the welfare of the soldiers, disable soldiers, next of kin of fallen and missing War Heroes during the time of war, has been performing a leading welfare role with funds the ASVU raised through varying projects, lavishly supported by ASVU membership.
Invitees after formal opening inspected each stall and exchanged views with those managing the services.
Former ASVU Presidents Mrs. Gnana Balagalle, Mrs. Ayira Wanasinghe, Army Commander, Lieutenant General S.H.S. Kottegoda, Chief of Staff Major General Sarath Fonseka, Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Susil Chandrapala and several Senior Army Officers also attended.