01st March 2021 18:10:26 Hours
Adding recognition to its Nation-building tasks further and appreciative of its unmatched role as alert defenders of the motherland, an ancestral family into legacy of plantation industry on Thursday (25) met General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Staff, Commander of the Army and Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID19 Outbreak at Nuwara Eliya and gifted the Army with a 180.2 perch of land with a bungalow in Nuwara Eliya for use of Army personnel on holiday.
Accepting the property, Court Lodge Estate in Kandapola gifted by Mr Don Bernard Aloysius Kurukuladithiya and Mrs Lalani Butrious Kurukuladithiya, General Shavendra Silva signed related documents of donating philanthropists and signified the acceptance in the presence of a few Senior Officers.
Mr Don Bernard Allowcious Kurukuladithiya inherited the property from his ancestors whose roots are traced to colonial times under the British according to those donors.
General Shavendra Silva told the couple that a gift of this nature would inevitably boost the morale of hardworking Army members who need rest and recreation amid demanding and strenuous duty commitments. He expressed his gratitude and deep appreciation to the donors and praised them for their exceptional gesture of thoughtfulness for a worthy cause.
Mrs Sujeewa Nelson, President Army Seva Vanitha Unit, Several Senior Officers including Major General Ranjan Lamahewa, Commander Security Forces - Central, Major General Sanjaya Wanasinha, Adjutant General, Brigadier Priyantha Silva, Director Real Estate and Quartering, Brigadier Sarath Thennakoon, Brigadier Admin and Quartering SFHQ-Central, Commanding Officer 3 SLSR and few Officers were present at the location.