Olcott Oration 2013
Professor Sunil J. Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, DSc New Jersey, United States of America delivered the 2013 Olcott Oration on 30th November on the topic “Water Pollution-Associated ill Health: Special Emphasis on Chronic Kidney Disease in Sri Lanka”. A summarised version of the Oration was published in The Daily Mirror 22nd February Page A9 (http://www.dailymirror.lk/
opinion/172-opinion/43526- water-pollution-and-chronic- kidney-disease-in-sri-lanka. html). The full text of the speech can be found on here.
Prof. Wimalawansa explained that approximately 5,000 farmers in the North Central Province die each year of kidney failure mainly due to CKD, whilst many are undiagnosed and that a major effort is needed to reduce these deaths by educating, training and monitoring water quality and supply of purified clean waterto them. As a result of these deaths there are no surviving adult men in some families and 2.8 million people are at the risk of contracting this deadly disease. Unless intervened now and if the CKD related premature deaths of adult males continue at the current rate, only 10% of the adult male population will survive in NCP by 2045, compared with 2013. Current statistics show that the deaths from CKD have already outnumbered the human losses attributed to the 2004 tsunami.
Prof. Wimalawansa, who is determined to walk the talk and make a change to save many innocent lives and to empower families in the region, has been doing yeomen service in launching a global project that covers the entire North Central Province to curb the Chronic Kidney Disease issue. As a leading international scientist, he is also addressing many myths related to this disease.
The Global proposal he initiated in coalition with several other philanthropic groups consists of six inter-linked projects to help our farming communities. One of these is topurchase, install, and maintain around 450 Reverse Osmosis water purification units with a capacity to produce 20,000 litres (~5,000 gallons) of clean and safe water a day, for these villages at a cost of USD 4.5 million.
The goal is to provide clean water in an affordable, accessible, and sustainable manner to all affected villages and surrounding villages. Installing large central plants can inconvenience people as they will be forced to walk 2 to 3 km daily to obtain clean water, unless there is an extensive network of pipes linked to the central plant. Thus, the most practical and the cost-effective way is to provide reverse osmosis units in the centre of each village (as proposed in the Global project), so that villagers do not have to walk more than half a kilo meter to obtain clean water. These plants do not pollute the environment.
The current fund raiser illustrated in the above link is intended to support these six-projects in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. If you are in a position to help this worthy cause, please contact Prof. Wimalawansa via email firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the e-mail address provided in the presentation. Donation information for this project is included in the page 2.
“ANADA MITHUSARA” 2014 - OBA Members Day
The “ANADA MITHUSARA” event has been organized by the Welfare Sub Committee of the Ananda College Old Boys Association and will be held on 9th March 2014 at the Pelawatta Buddhadasa Ground.
As you are well aware, our OBA which is over 100 years old has turned out to be a dominant outfit rendering yeoman service to the Alma Mater, contributing immensely towards development & betterment of the college.
This is the first time ever that we are organizing such an event for all members of ACOBA, including all affiliated groups and their families. This, would pave the way for meeting your former school friends with whom you brushed shoulders at the college. The welfare subcommittee has planned for a wide range of activities, fun games, snacks and beverages throughout the day for participants of all age categories and the presence of many Distinguished Old boys will be an added attraction.
The event takes place on the at Buddhadasa grounds, Pelawatta and starts at to go till sunset and entrance is free for all members and families.
New Year Celebrations for year 2014 of ACOBA was held at OBA office on 1st of January 2014. School Principal, vice Principals, ACOBA President and other officials were presented at this moment.
President of ACOBA, Mr. Lalith Senanayake presented a copy of the September 2013 Newsletter to Principal MR. Kithsiri Liyanagamage. Mr. Bimal Wijayasinghe, VP and the Chair of the Mass Media & Communication Sub Committee presented a copy of the Newsletter to the vice Principal.
Please download the electronic version of Anandaya Magazine September 2013 from the archival section of the web site.
In recognition of services rendered by seven distinguished Anandians this year, ACOBA organized an elegant felicitation on the 18th of July at Ananda College. Proceedings commenced at 7.30 am with religious observances at Ananda Viharaya, followed by a felicitation ceremony at the Kularatne Hall.
Over the last year, the Anandians felicitated brought great honour to our alma mater by achieving greater heights in their respective fields of engagement while displaying great dedication, commitment, leadership skills and rendered yeoman services towards the country throughout their trail blazing careers.
Anandians felicitated were:
Mr. D.C.A.Gunawardena (Director General– Department of Census & Statistics)
Mr. G.S.A. de Silva (Legal Draftsman of the Government of Sri Lanka)
Mr. Prasantha Lal de Alwis (President Councillor)
Mr. Chandana Liyanapatabendi (President Councillor)
Mr. Dulinda Weerasooriya (President Councillor)
Dr. Lakshman Jayaweera (Chairman/ Director General of BOI.)
Dr. Palitha Maheepala (Director General – Department of Health Services)
Lyrics: Nuwan Kumara Katugampola (91)Music: Sahan Ranwala (97)Vocals:Jagath Wickramasingha (85), Madu Madhawa Aravinda(92), Bhathiya Jayakodi(95), Jananath Warakagoda(96), Nimantha Heshan (97), Isuru Jayarathna(97), Kasun Kalhara(2000) Akalanka Ganegama(2000), Dumal Warnakulasooriya(2002), Harshana Disanayaka(2010), Sachith Anuththara(2010)Producded by Old Anandians’ 97 groupDownload your Ringing tones from all the mobile operators.