Prelate of Malwatte Temple Brings Gifts to Students in Jaffna
[Updated :: 2010-07-30 14:15:39 Hours]
Chief Prelate of the Malwatte Chapter Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri
Sumangala Siddhartha Mahanayaka Thero and a group of senior monks
of the Malwatte Temple in Kandy together with leading members of
the Dayaka Sabha arrived in Jaffna on Wednesday (28.07.2010)
evening as the last leg of their three day itinerary relating to
humanitarian assistance to poor families in the North.
The Mahanayaka and the entourage passing war affected areas in Vavuniya
and Mullaittivu where they distributed donations to thousands of
needy families arrived in Jaffna to extend the same assistance to
innocent people in Jaffna.
During the main function held at the Nelliady Central College on
Thursday (29) morning, Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thero
and a few more monks distributed parcels of school items among 1500
schoolchildren studying in Jaffna schools. This worthy donation
worth over Rs. 2 million was organized by “Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala
Manava Sahayogitha Padanama”, a Kandy-based charity foundation with
coordination of Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office of Security
Forces Headquarters-Jaffna (SF-J).
A section of students representing different schools in Jaffna Education
Zones received parcels of gift from the Most Ven. Mahanayaka, a
few other Buddhist monks from the Malwathu Maha Vihara and Hindu
and Catholic priests.
Addressing the gathering of students, teachers, parents, senior
government officers and Army personnel present at the function,
Most Ven. Mahanayaka expressed his delight for being able to visit
people in Jaffna and invoked blessing on those who made all arrangements
for this worthy course.
The Kandy Buddhist delegation received a warm welcome according
to Hindu tradition at Nelliady. Alms for monks and meals for others
were provided by people in Nelliady and the Army.
A special alms giving had been arranged by the 51 Division on Thursday
(29) in Jaffna town where Commander Security Forces-Jaffna Major
General Mahinda Hathurusinghe along with senior Army officers offered
“Dane” and “Atapirikara” to Most Ven. Mahanayaka Thero and other
General Staff Security Forces Headquarters-Jaffna Brig. B.C.J.A.F.
Rodrigo and senior officers of the headquarters SF-J and 52 Division
were also present on the occasion.