Army to stitch uniforms for flood affected schoolchildren


by Madura Ranwala

Army Commander Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva has launched a project to help flood affected schoolchildren in Kolonnawa.

Under the project school uniforms of flood affected students in the Kolonnawa Divisional Secretariat will be stitched free of charge. Army had selected 19 schools for that purpose.

The army is planning to sew the uniforms in a short period of time and hand them over to the students. The first phase of the project got underway yesterday to stitch uniforms for seven thousand students from ten schools.

Army was granted Sri Abhinawaramaya premises at Kuruniyawatta in Kolonnawa to carry out their project during a brief ceremony.

Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, Commander, Security Force-West, on behalf of the Commander of the Army, graced the occasion. The event was organised under the aegis of Ven. Rambukwelle Dhammananda Nayaka Thera, Sri Abhinawaramadhipathi and Chief Sanghanayake.

Principals of ten schools, Amitha Dodamwala, Divisional Secretary of Kolonnawa, Dammi Kodikaraarachchi, Zonal Education Director for Kolonnawa, parents and teachers, were present on the occasion.

Differently-abled, professionally qualified soldiers attached to the Ranaviru Apparels Ltc. have been detailed to stitch the uniforms.

The project will be led by Lieutinant Colonel Chaminda Ranasinghe, Commanding officer, 14 Sri Lanka Light Infantry.

During the ceremony, Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, Divisional Secretaries and a principal symbolically cut the cloth.

The incumbent of the temple as well as Divisional Secretaries had extended their full support to the unique project of the Army, Military Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera told The Island last night.

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