SLFUW celebrates ‘Members with Families Day’
The Sri Lanka Federation of University Women (SLFUW) held its ‘Members with Families Day’ on Sunday, September 10, at the Auditorium at its Headquarters in Colombo.
Commenting on the long history of the SLFUW, its President Col. Dr. Udula Krishnaratne paid tribute to Clara Motwani, American-born educationist, who set it up nearly 83 years back. She thanked all members, non-members and well-wishers who helped in numerous ways. The day’s programme included the presentation of scholarships to three needy women undergraduates, one each from the Faculties of Law and Indigenous Medicine of the University of Colombo, and one from Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna.
Awards were also presented to three members for their outstanding contributions to SLFUW: Anandi Balasingham, retired senior journalist (Lake House) and Consultant, Tamil Mirror of Wijeya Newspapers, presented by Dr. Udula Krishnaratne; Chinta Munasinghe, retired Commissioner of Inland Revenue and former President of SLFUW, (in her absence accepted by Rohini Madiwake) presented by Sheela Ebert, a former president of SLFUW; and Neelia Fernando, a specialist in the development and maintenance of information systems at the National Science Council, presented by Jayanthi Liyanage, a former SLFUW President.
A cash donation was also handed over to the Visually Impaired Foundation by Dr. Krishnaratne. Apart from these items of appreciation and goodwill, it was a fun-filled day with games and competitions as well as music, singing and dancing with prizes and surprises galore, and gifts for everyone.