4 Commando Regiment (CR) troops on the directions of Brigadier Vijitha Hettiarachchi, Commander, Commando Brigade with sponsorship, provided by an overseas-based Sri Lankan philanthropist made arrangements to donate free dry ration packets to 205 low-income group families and monks in the Galwewa temple in Hambantota area on Tuesday (12).
The project was initiated by Commandos in response to a social media post, in which poor civilians in Galwewa area were seen offering a glass of water to the monks begging for alms instead as they could not afford to offer any eatables or alms to those Buddhist monks as their day’s lunch.
Mr J.H Ekanayake, Chief Senior Accountant of ‘Ooredoo Qatar’ Company Ltd in close coordination with 4 CR troops and Brigadier Vijitha Hettiarachchi provided his sponsorship for purchase of those essentials for the poverty-stricken people in Galwewa, Hambantota. The distribution took place at Galwewa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya where monks and poor civilians received relief dry ration packs.
Colonel Janaka Samarasekara, Commandant, Commando Regiment Training School extended his support for conduct of the project.
The sponsor, Mr J.H Ekanayake, Lieutenant Colonel K.V.T.S Kekulawala, Commanding Officer, 4 CR, Commando troops of ‘B’ Group of 1 CR and Other Ranks were associated with the distribution programme.
Each dry ration pack, consisted of rice, dhal, onions, sugar, biscuits, soya meat, spices, etc was worth about Rs 2000/=.