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SRI LANKAN DAY

“Bringing all Sri Lankan Communities together”

Ethera Ap

2018

UNITED KINGDOM


WHATI SET HE RAAPI ( WEOVE RS E AS ) ? E t he r aApi i sa nor ga ni s a t i onf ora l l S r i L a nk a nsl i v i nga nd/ orwor k i ngi nc ount r i e sov e r s e a s .

F ounde di nt hey e a r2 0 1 5wi t ht heobj e c t i v eof a ddr e s s i ngt hewe l f a r eof S r i L a nk a nsl i v i nga nd/ orwor k i ngov e r s e a sa ndt he i rf a mi l i e si nS r i L a nk aa ndt o f os t e rgoodr e l a t i ons hi pa ndunde r s t a ndi ngbe t we e nt hedi ffe r e ntS r i L a nk a n c ommuni t i e s ,t heor ga ni s a t i onha snows e v e nt e e nBr a nc he sf unc t i oni ngi nt he Mi ddl eE a s t , E ur ope a nc ount r i e sa ndCa na dawi t ht heHe a dOffic ei nS r i L a nk a .

T he3 0y e a r sof wa ri nS r i L a nk apol a r i s e dt hedi ffe r e ntc ommuni t i e sa nd s e gr e ga t e dt he mf r om onea nda not he ri nc l udi ngt hos el i v i ngov e r s e a s

T hema i na i m ofE t he r aApi / WeOv e r s e a si st obr i nga boutuni t ya mongS r i L a nk a nc ommuni t i e si r r e s pe c t i v eof di ffe r e nc e sofl a ngua ge , c ul t ur ea nd r e l i gi on. T heor ga ni s a t i onbe l i e v e st ha ta l l c ommuni t i e sne e dt oe nga gea nd i nt e r a c twi t honea not he ra ndunde r s t a nd, a ppr e c i a t ea nd r e s pe c te a c hot he rt hr oughwhi c ht r ueuni t yc a nbebui l t .

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ME S S AGEF ROMT HEPRE S I DE NT MyDe a rf e l l owS r i L a nk a ns , I ti smypl e a s ur et oi s s uet hi sme s s a geont heoc c a s i onof t he' S r i L a nk a nDa y2 0 1 8 ’ ' ga ni s e dbyouror ga ni s a t i on. E t he r aApi or ga ni s a t i onha sbe e nf ounde dwi t ht he or ma i nobj e c t i v eof f os t e r i nguni t ya monga l l S r i L a nk a nCommuni t i e sl i v i ngov e r s e a s a ndt oa ddr e s sonma t t e r sr e l a t i ngt ot he i rwe l f a r ea ndt he i rf a mi l i e si nS r i L a nk a . I ti s t hedut ye v e r yof e v e r yS r i L a nk a nt opr omot eunde r s t a ndi nga nduni t ya monga l l of usa ndbec onc e r ne dof t hewe l f a r eof onea nda not he r . Upt onowS r i L a nk a nsi nt heUni t e dKi ngdom di dnotha v eonec ommonc e nt r eora fi x e dda yt ome e tt oge t he ra nds ha r et he i rj oya ndc onc e r ns . E t he r aApi UKha sc ome f or wa r dt ofi l l t hi sv oi da ndi ti sf ort hefi r s tt i met oda yi nt hehi s t or yof S r i L a nk a ns l i v i ngi nt heUni t e dKi ngdom wea r eme e t i ngi nonepl a c e . F ol l owe dbyaf e we v e nt s he l ddur i ngt hel a s tt woy e a r si nwhi c hS i nha l e s e , T a mi l , Mus l i ma ndot he rS r i L a nk a n c ommuni t i e swe r er e pr e s e nt e d' S r i L a nk a nDa y2 0 1 8 ' ha sbe e nor ga ni s e da saf ur t he r s t e pst owa r dsa c hi e v i ngt heor ga ni s a t i on ’ sobj e c t i v e s . T heE v e ntOr ga ni s i ng Commi t t e e , whi c hwa ss e tups pe c i a l l yf ort hi spur pos ea ndwhi c hc ons i s t sof pe opl e of a l l S r i L a nk a nc ommuni t i e s , ha sma dema x i mum e ffor t st oma k et hee v e nta s uc c e s s f ul one . Re l i gi ous , c ommuna l , r a c i a l , l i ngui s t i cdi ffe r e nc e s , be i ngr i c horpoor donotpr e v e ntpe opl et ol ov eonea nda not he r , ha v ef a mi l i e sa ndf a mi l y e l a t i ons hi ps . I ti st hec ul t i v a t i onof t hemi ndt obegoodt ot heot he rl t gha tma t t e r s . r I nt hes a mewa yi ti snotdi ffic ul tf orpe opl ebe l ongi ngt oonel a nda ndonena t i ont o s he dt he s edi ffe r e nc e sa ndwor kt oge t he rf ort hewe l f a r eof a l l . I ti st hi suni t yt ha t E t he r aApi i sa t t e mpt i ngt oi nc ul c a t ei nt hemi ndsof a l l S r i L a nk a nswhe r e v e rt he y l i v e . E t he r aApi ha snowbe c omet heonl yl a r ge s tor ga ni s a t i onof S r i L a nk a nsl i v i ng out s i det hec ount r y . Wei nv i t ea l l S r i L a nk a nst oj oi nwi t hust oa c hi e v eourobj e c t i v eof uni t yf ort he l f a r eof a l l S r i L a nk a ns . we

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ME S S AGEF ROMT HEPRE S I DE NT E t he r aApi i sa nor ga ni s a t i onof S r i L a nk a nst ha tf unc t i onsi nS r i L a nk aa swe l l a s i ns e v e r a l c ount r i e sov e r s e a sr e pr e s e nt i ngt hei nt e r e s t sof t hepe opl eof S r i L a nk a . I ti smypl e a s ur et os e ndmygoodwi s he sont heoc c a s i onof t heS r i L a nk a nDa ye v e ntor ga ni s e dbyE t he r aApi Uni t e dKi ngdom Br a nc hwhi c hi sone of oura c t i v eBr a nc he s . I ti st hee x pe c t a t i onof a l l of usS r i L a nk a nst os e ehe a l t hy de v e l opme ntof ourmot he r l a ndi nwhi c hwewe r ebor n. Al t houghwec l a i m be l ongi ngt oS i nha l a , T a mi l , Mus l i m, Ma l a yorBur ghe rc ommuni t ywea r ea l l boundbyt hebr ot he r hoodof S r i L a nk a ns . Al t houghy ouha v emi gr a t e dt ot heUni t e dKi ngdom f orpur pos eof e mpl oy me nta sapa r tof t hea v e nueof y ours t r uggl ef orl i v e l i hoody ourf e e l i ngs s t i l l r e ma i nwi t hy ourr e l a t i v e swhom y ouk nowwe l l a ndt het owns , v i l l a ge sa nd t hev e ge t a t i onwhi c ha r ewe l l a c qua i nt e dt oy oure y e s . S i mi l a r l y , i nwhi c he v e r c ul t ur a l e nv i r onme ntwema yl i v ei nwea l l s t i l l be l ongt ot heS r i L a nk a nc ul t ur e . I ti st heobj e c t i v eof E t he r aApi t oe ns ur et ha tt hi sbondof t hepa s t , pr e s e nta nd t hef ut ur ei spr e s e r v e dbyy ou. I wi s ht ha tt heS r i L a nk a nsl i v i ngi nt heUni t e d Ki ngdom wi l l ha v ec our a gea nds t r e ngt ht owi nt hi snobl ee x pe c t a t i on. Mybe s tof wi s he st oa l l S r i L a nk a ns .

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ME S S AGEF ROMHI GHCOMMI S S I ONE ROFS RI L ANKA I ti smypl ea s ur et of or wa r dt hi smes s a get ot hes ouv eni rpubl i s hedont heoc c a s i onoft heS r i L a nk a nDa y2018or ga ni s edby “ E t her aApi ” i nt heUni t edKi ngdom. T heS r i L a nk a nDa y2018i sa ni mpor t a ntc ommuni t yev entt ha t s eek st obr i ngt oget herS r i L a nk a nsofa l l c ommuni t i esl i v i ngi n t heUni t edKi ngdom t oenj oyt heda y , a ndf os t erl i na geswi t hi n t hewi derS r i L a nk a nc ommuni t y . T hi sbei ngt hefir s tt i mes uc ha nev entha sbeenor ga ni s edby “ E t her aApi ” , I wi s ht oc onv er ymybes twi s hesf ort hes uc c es sof t heev ent . I a l s ot a k et hi soppor t uni t yt oenc our a get hepa r t i c i pa t i onofa l l s ec t i onsoft heS r i L a nk a ndi s a por ac ommuni t y r epr es t i nga l l wa l k sofl i f e . I wi s ht heor ga ni s er sa l l s uuc es sa nds t r engt ha ndc our a get o t hos ei nv ol v edt oc a r r yont hegoodwor ki nt hey ea r st oc ome .

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