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Executive Committee of the Association for the year 2013

It is with great honour that The Sri Lankan Association of Geneva informs you that the Executive Committee of the Association for the year 2013 was appointed by its members, at the Annual General Assembly held on 17 February 2013.

Sinhala and Tamil New Year Gala Dinner Dance

The Sri Lankan Association of Geneva is proud to announce that the 2013 Sinhala & Tamil New Year will be celebrated with a Gala Dinner Dance – “Erabadu Mangalya”, on Saturday 13 April 2013 from 18:00 hrs to 02:00 at Salle Polyvalane d’Aire, 11, chemin du Grand-Champ inVernier. Live entertainment from a Sri Lankan band, a traditional grand Sri Lankan buffet, raffle draws with airline tickets and various other entertaining programmes are scheduled for the evening. The Committee wishes to invite all Sri Lankans and friends in Geneva, Switzerland to participate in this grand gala evening.

More details are displayed in the promotional flyer.

Annual Geneva Sri Lankan Association Year-End Party

The Annual Geneva Sri Lankan Association Year-End Party for 2012 took place on 1st December at Les Avanchet,  Geneva.  The occasion was well attended by expatriate Sri Lankans living in Geneva and other neighbouring cities of Switzerland.

H.E. Mr. Ravinatha Aryasinha, Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, also participated in the evening’s proceedings. Santa also paid a visit and distributed Christmas gifts to the kids.

Annual Christmas Dinner Dance – 2012

Dear SLAG members and well-wishers,

We are pleased to inform you that our annual christmas Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, 01 December 2012 from 17.30 hrs to 23.30 hrs. Your participation and encouragement would be highly appreciated.

Soft drinks and water will be provided courtesy of SLAG. Beer and wine will be sold during the event and will be reasonably priced.

Talk on Mental Health

A Talk on “Mental Health development in Sri Lanka: The role of the community” was conducted by Professor Nalaka Mendis (FRCPsych) at Quaker hall on Friday, 19thOctober. Professor Mendis is renowned for his work in Psychiatry in Sri Lanka and he is currently Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Colombo and the President of the National Council for Mental Health “Sahanaya”

Summer Picnic

The Summer Picnic held on Sunday, 26th August at the Parc de Jonc in Grand Saconnex was a huge success with the participation of not only those from Geneva but also Bern and Zurich as well. To make up for the lack of a Sinhala and Tamil New Year party, several fun activities and games like coconut scraping, tug-o-war, Kotta pora, sac race were organized with prizes. Almost all of the youngsters and most of the adults showed great sporting spirit by participating in at least one event and there were smiles and cheers all round for all the games.

Fete des Rues

The last fundraising event for the year was held in Paquis on 22nd and 23rd of September and again, we were lucky with the weather as it was regularly sunny with no rain. On the first day of the event, we did something different by selling Indian Pakoda (vegetables fried in batter) which proved to be quite a hit.

However, there were also many ‘SLAG food stall regulars’ who asked us for our typical Sri Lankan food (In fact quite a few had actively looked for our stall during lunch time). And so, the next day, we provided the traditional dish of rice, dhal, chicken curry and papadam and it goes without saying, that this was a definite hit!

Notice: Experienced Sri Lankan teacher offers free Sinhala tuition for children.

Mrs Kanthi Gamhewage, a retired teacher of Vishaka Vidyalaya, D.S. Senanayake College, Zahira College, Buddhist Ladies College amongst others during a career spanning over 30 years and currently residing in Geneva is offering free tuition to children of Sri Lankan families residing in and around Geneva. Beginners, primary and secondary school children are welcome.

Please contact [email protected] or call her directly on 022 340 1247 for further details.

Dear Members,

We are now at the end of another year and all the funds raised by SLAG during this year are awaiting recipients.

We encourage you to make applications for worthy charities through the SLAG charity form found on the SLAG website. More information can be obtained at: www.slageneva.org/charities/ while the charity form can be downloaded from the page: www.slageneva.org. Those who are unable to access Internet are welcome to call Chandika at 022 340 3700.

SLAG Newsletter August 2007

SUMMER PICNIC

The next upcoming event for SLAG is the Summer Picnic!! which was meant to be held earlier than usual, in late June. This however was not realised as we could not secure a suitable location. But, no harm done….it will now be held in late August, which is the usual time the Summer Picnic has always been held. This being said, there will be one big difference. We will be holding traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year games at the Summer Picnic to make up for not having held New Year celebrations in April. These will consist of games for adults and kids, to name some: coconut scraping, tug-o-war, Kotta pora, lime & spoon race, sack race etc. So, please come prepared to join in the games and fun!! There will of course be a BBQ as well which, as we all know, is one of the main highlights of our Picnic. Admission is free to all current Members and a fee of CHF 10 will be charged for guests. So please do pay the membership fee, if you have not done so yet, to ensure free entrance to the Picnic.