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St. Patrick Students Enjoy Holidays with Rajans
[Updated :: 2010-11-14 20:30:10 Hours]

During last few months students of Dharmaraja College Kandy were able to build close relations with students in Jaffna by way of organizing various activities with mediation of 511 Brigade Civil Affairs Office of Security Forces-Jaffna (SF-J). “Rajans” visited Jaffna on several occasions and engaged in shramadana campaigns to clean and renovate old buildings of some schools in Kopay, organized scouts Jamboree and donated school and sports items worth of Rs. 150000/- to brother students of selected schools in Kopay and Punguduthivu a few months back. They also provided food and accommodation to students form Mallakam during their visit to Kanda Udarata (up country) to see the Kandy Dalada Perahera.

One more excursion was arranged by the 511 Brigade Civil Affairs Office for the students of St. Patrick College Jaffna last week during which they got opportunity to see various important places in Kandy.

On the 5th November, the first day of the tour they were taken to Polgolla and Victoria sites to see the large reservoirs constructed under the Mahaveli project. Their next stop was at the Mailapitiya War Hero Memorial at which names all soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of country’s unity in the recent past are inscribed on granite plaques.

Later, they visited the Kandy museum and the Maligava (Temple of the Tooth) where Maligava officials described them the history of the sacred Tooth Relic and allowed them to witness the Thevava (offerings) at the temple in the evening.

The following day they spent their time watching interesting places in the city.

Rajans had organized a friendly cricket match with St. Patrick boys at the Dharmaraja ground. Despite the unfavourable weather condition all enjoyed playing and finally St. Patrick College Jaffna won the match. Each Jaffna student was presented with a cap and a T-shirt by Rajans who in turn received beautiful photograph from St. Patrick College.

Principals of both colleges agreed to organize an annual friendly match since 2011 soon after their big matches.

Principal of St. Patrick College Rev. Fr. Jero Chelvanayagam, Principal of Dharmaraja College Mr. S.M. Keerthiratne, Civil Affairs Officer of the 511 Brigade Lieutenant Colonel Sarath Abeygunasekara, several teachers and cricket coaches of the schools joined the programme.

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