Northern Melbourne Sri lankan Association is a group of young and old people gathered every last Sunday of the month to share their lives with others to entertain themselves with food and music.
It also brings out lot of interesting people for talks of interesting topics. It is a place to hang around, relax and enjoy the Sri Lankan culture and associate your friends and family.
The committee consists of both old and young members with various virtues in life. The main events are New year, Vesak and Christmas celebrations. This is operated in association with
Whittlesea City Council.
Bakamuna Hospital renovation project was requested and brought to us by Sarath Silva as it was a meritorious deed. In August and September 2023, with the help of NMSA members and Northern Suburbs Sri Lankans and non-Sri Lankans, we collected just over. 5000.00 Dollars. Also, with the help of our members from the String Hopper Night, we reached the target and collected another 2500.00 Dollars. I want to thank everyone who donated money and who attended the Fundraising night to help this project. Once the project is completed in two months, we will be able to post the pictures of the Hospital after facelift.
Total Collection $ 6900.00
Advance paid $ 3000.00
Paid in Rupees = $3900.00 x 211.00 = Rs. 822,900. 00
When the project is completed, we will give you the actual figures.
Another successful Meeting concluded on the 26th of August with a gathering of 85
members . It was encouraging and we welcome the
new members who join NMSA on that day.
The president made the opening address which was followed by the two
He also mention that $11,120.00 were raised from tickets sale and the
auction held at the Concert previous day celebrating Northern Melbourne
SriLankan Association’s 10th Anniversary and celebrating 75th Birthday of late Mr.
Clarence Wijewardana. We thank everyone who helped and participated for the
concert. This money was raised to help the Yuroke temple Building Fund.
All enjoyed and participated Shanthi’s “ keep fit” session in the morning.
The guest Speaker Dr Shanaka Kodithuwakku who delivered a very interesting
talk about improving your memory, was the most Interesting and well
received talk NMSA had this year. Also other health issues were brought up
and answered during the question time.
Everyone enjoyed the lunch ( hoppers) sponsored by Dr Shanaka.
Ten Year old Master Kodithuwakkau sang two beautiful songs to entertain the
Shantha Subasinha from the Lakmedura foundation spoke about a fund raiser, a
musical concert “ Ron Soya” to be held on the 8th of September at the River Gum
Theatre in Hampton Park ,to raise funds to build a Centre for the Sri Lankan
Community in Northern side of Melbourne.
Pina Coszanto our hydro therapy instructor made a valuable talk about the
benefits of aqua exercise to encourage more members to join the hydro session
Daya made few announcements regarding the Adelaide Trip which we are
planning to go in November.
Pushpa Jayakody also made an announcement about the Sathi pasala and
screening of the film Yasodara.
The trivia was conducted by Sheila.
Several members got an opportunity to show their musical talents on that day.
The session rounded up with dancing and singing, around 4.00pm. Everyone
went home with happy memories looking forward to joining again at the next
meeting on the 30th Sunday in September.
The NMSA monthly meeting in July was very successfully held with a participation of 85 members.
The day commenced by singing both National Anthems of Sri Lanka and Australia, fallowed by our usual morning exercise session.
Two minutes silence was observed as a blessing and speedy recovery for members who are presently not well.
President welcome the members and made few announcements and introduced the guest speaker Mr. Virantha Samarakoon
who delivered a talk on Downsizing and Investments.A sumptuous lunch was donated by Mr.Naleen Wimalarathna ,celebrating
his 69th birthday with his friends in NMSA.Keeping up with our tradition members who were born in the month of July were
invited to come forward.Ten members stood around the table and sang Happy Birthday while cutting the cake.
Daya's beautiful melodies and singing kept almost every one on the dancing floor.. The very popular Trivia was conducted by
Mrs. Sheila Goonasekara. The highlight of the day was the Baila session conducted by Ravi Silva. Another fun filled seniors
meeting was concluded around 4PM with happy memories.
Life in Australia by Dr. Prema
Kudaligama & Col V.S. Kudaligama
NMSA has started a new line of articles in this website published by people who led successful lives both here and Sri Lanka.
In coming weeks , they will share their experiences in life so that we could educate ourselves to lead a successful life. Brace yourself
for many articles written by well known senior members from Sri Lankan society for their life experiences here and overseas. This page
will be updated with new articles every now and then.
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2016 New Year
On the 10th of April 2016 Northern Melbourne Sri Lankan Association together with the Tamil seniors social club joined hands for the second time to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year on a grand scale at the Epping Memorial hall. Over 250 Sinhala and Tamil guests have turned up to make the occasion enjoyable. The guest enjoyed the traditional games and activities which included both Tamil and Sinhala songs and traditional dancing items.
Following were among the distinguished guests. Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio(Minister for Energy and Resources),Cr. Kris Pavlidis, Cr.Mary Lalios,Dr.Sundaram Sivamalai( Multicultural Commissioner ),Mr.Mahinda Wickramasuriya(Deputy Multicultural Commissioner),Mr.Shrilal Lakthilake(Media Secretary to the President Of Sri Lanka),Mr. & Mrs. Stephen & Prema Kudaligama(founder members of NMSA).They all commended about the successful efforts by the president of NMSA Mr.Daya Silva and President of TSSA Mr.Padmanadan Shammugarajah in building a bridge of friendship between the two communities.Awurudu kumaraya,Kumari Contests and games were participated by representatives from both communities.The delicious lunch was enjoyed by everyone present and music and dancing continued until the event concluded around 5 pm.
25th October 2015 Meeting
Yet another successful NMSA get together was concluded last Sunday the 25th of October, where everyone enjoyed every minute of their stay with family and friends. As always the programme was commenced with National Anthems, fallowed by the popular exercise programme which everyone participated . Mr. Nuwan Samarapathi delivered a very inspiring talk based on Mind barriers and personal development. Mr.and Mrs. Sarath and Rubecca Kudagama provided a delicious meal to all the members in memory of their parents.
The afternoon session commenced with a very interesting talk by Mrs. Ranjanee Dodamwala a retired teacher , on a holiday with her husband Mr. C.B.Dodanwala who spoke about her life experience and the service they provide to woman in remote villages in Sri Lanka to generate an income by using raw materiel from the surrounding area. Sheila spent about 1/2 an hour on Trivia, another popular segment after lunch in every month, fallowed by music and dancing till about 4.00pm.
Upcoming events including the Dinner Dance on the 7th November at Epping Memorial Hall in aid of Cancer Patients Transport programme was announced before everyone left around 4.30 in the afternoon.
As always the day was filled with activities.
The attendance was well over seventy people. The day was started by singing
the Sri Lankan and the Australian national anthems. Then Dr. Gihan
Sugathapala from Lidarum drive medical clinic
gave a presentation and made an announcement that
Dr. Wasantha Gunathilake from the same clinic is happy to offer free medical checkups
for all the NMSA members for the next two weeks(Until end of September) immaterial of
whether you have a medicare facility or not. Dr. Divya Gupta gave a very interesting presentation
on diet , healthy eating and nutrition. Singing, dancing , Trivia and sharing the life experiences of members made the
second half of the day further interesting.
The day was over after announcing the up-coming events for the next three months.