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The City of Los Angeles Celebrates the 2nd Annual Sri Lanka Day

On December 4th, 2019 history was created within the walls of the magnificent Los Angeles City council chambers on a rainy morning amidst a gathering of distinguished leaders, where a community came together to celebrate Dr. Walter Jayasinghe and his invaluable philanthropic services rendered to this beautiful city of Los Angeles and the Sri Lankan community declare Sri Lanka Day to be celebrated every year on August 17th.

Today, August 17th, 2021 around 11.00am, the Sri Lanka Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles celebrated the second annual Sri Lanka Day, in honor of Sri Lankan culture and the remarkable contributions of Sri Lankan Americans in the City and beyond.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s celebration was held outdoors and was marked by a flag raising ceremony and cultural exposition near Los Angeles City Hall.

Thusitha Wijayasena – the magnanimous philanthropist who has touched many lives by generosity…

Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference. Thusitha Wijayasena is such a big-hearted philanthropist in Sri Lanka who has undertaken numerous charity work to make a life by donating to worthy causes volunteering his time, effort, and wealth. He is a true Sri Lankan who loves his country immensely, willingly confront to inspirit Buddhism and also stake many campaigns to improve the living condition of the destitute people.

He is the key figure who entirely staked the ‘Helitours’ operation which carried a brass bell, an eternal flame oil lamp, and other construction material from Nallathanniya to the Uda Maluwa in Adam’s peak using an aircraft. This slung operation was pioneered by the Sri Lanka Air Force and the wing commanding officer Kalinga Mahipala along with 42 personnel from the Sri Lanka Air Force. They transported a total of 2.2 tons to the Udamaluwa. This was a massive task that took seven days to complete the entire operation. Thusitha Wijayasena sponsored the charity with the help of the Tri Forces and other contributors. After the New eternal flame oil lamp and the bell tower with the new brass bell were unveiled at sacred Adam’s peak, Thusitha Wijasena along with the Tri Forces offered alms (Kiripidu Pooja) and worshipped the ‘sacred footprint’ of Lord Buddha in Adam’s peak. He also paid homage to the Saman Devalaya and got the blessings from the holy place. Furthermore, he lit the eternal oil lamp, amidst the blessings of the Maha Sanga.

Also, this great man declared the opening of the new lighting system at the hilltop which was long felt necessary for the devotees. Also, to seek the blessings for the successful completion of the slung operation, a pirith chanting ceremony was held with the participation of 500 bhikkus at the Nallathanni temple prior to the unveiling of the New eternal flame oil lamp and the bell tower, followed by almsgiving, which was entirely patronaged by this great philanthropist. Not only that, he has contributed a lot towards the renovation of several temples including the ‘Thiriyaya’ temple; the first Buddhist temple with a historical value. Furthermore, annually he bequeaths the caparisons for 15 notable tuskers including the tusker who carries the sacred Tooth relic, in the Kandy Esala Perahera.

Thusitha Wijayasena who spent his life according to the advice and the admonitions of the Bhikkus has a very tight bond towards Buddhism. Annually, he celebrates his birthday on the 27th of June by organizing almsgiving to the Bhikkus. Due to the prevailing pandemic condition in the country, he could not organize this year’s almsgiving yet he celebrated his birthday, undergoing an exceptionally good deed. During the pandemic situation, there is a dire wanting of supplying dry food items to the temples since devotees, are unable to come to the temples because of the travel restrictions imposed. Therefore, for the 27th consecutive time, he organized the annual almsgiving in a new countenance. Accordingly, he and his KCC crew, took measures to distribute dry food items to all the temples affiliated with Malwathu and Asgiriya Abhayarama temples. He was highly praised by the Bhikkus for his altruistic activity amidst this pandemic situation.

The KCC Charity Circle also pioneered by him, undertook a great task by distributing dry food items to the neediest people who usually do not gain recognition as cleaners, watchmen, coolies, workers and etc. Moreover, they distribute dry food items to chosen 250 families, and 20 Social Service Institutes Moreover, being a sponsor member of the Sri Lanka Federation of Visually handicapped is another charity work of him.

In a time the goodwill and the generosity of people deteriorated, Thusitha Wijayasena and crew stand out as exemplary to follow up. It is because philanthropy lies at the heart of human greatness.

HEAR FROM DR JAY!

Dr. Walter J is a father, brother, doctor, entrepreneur, patriot, artist, humanitarian and at his very core, a friend to all. With a lifetime of accomplishments and involvement across many fields and sciences, came the need to establish an online presence across social media to recognize all he has done, and continues to do. And so friends began work on a presence project, to create and manage internet resources and social media platforms for any and all to learn more about, and keep up with, Dr. Walter Jayasinghe.

We invite you to explore the new Dr. Walter Jayasinghe website, Facebook page, YouTube page and Instagram page. Find one on one interviews with Dr. J on YouTube with stories from his early days as a physician, to stories of family and longtime friends. Follow the Dr. Walter Jayasinghe Facebook page for old photos and new updates, and to leave a message for Dr. J. Enjoy the brand new Dr. Walter Jayasinghe website for a brief biography on how he became the man he is today. Dr. J loves to hear from his friends and stay in touch with them, and looks forward to connecting with you on the following platforms now!





The City of Los Angeles Celebrates the 1st Annual Sri Lanka Day

On December 4th, 2019 history was created within the walls of the magnificent Los Angeles City council chambers on a rainy morning amidst a gathering of distinguished leaders, where a community came together to celebrate Dr. Walter Jayasinghe and his invaluable philanthropic services rendered to this beautiful city of Los Angeles and the Sri Lankan community declare Sri Lanka Day to be celebrated every year on August 17th.

Today, August 17th, 2020 around 1.30pm, the Sri Lanka Foundation, the Jayasinghe Family and the City of Los Angeles celebrated the first annual Sri Lanka Day, in honor of Sri Lankan culture and the remarkable contributions of Sri Lankan Americans in the City and beyond.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s celebration was held outdoors and was marked by a flag raising ceremony and cultural exposition near Los Angeles City Hall.

Honoring Dr Walter Jayasinghe, the Founder of SLF on his 83rd Birthday!! Coming Up on August 17th

Walter Jayasinghe, M.D, a Sri Lankan by birth and a U.S. citizen by naturalization, emigrated to the United States of America in 1972. Having completed his Rotating Internship at Kern County General Hospital in Bakersfield, California in 1973/1974, he served his Residency at the California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles from 1974 to 1977. Dr. Jayasinghe was the Assistant police surgeon in the city of Pasadena, California. He was in charge of Emergency Ambulance, first of its kind, prior to Paramedics and went from site to site performing Emergency treatment from 1972 to 1975. He also performed as the Medical Director, Health Systems, Inc., Los Angeles, which ran the “Physicians on call” program in Century City in 1972. He was registered by the General Medical Council of England as a General Practitioner performing locum practice in 1970.

Dr. Walter Jayasinghe’s talents were not confined to the practice of medicine alone. In 1957, at the age of 21, he was awarded Life Membership of the Ceylon Society of Arts for his achievement in designing and building his own home. In 1960 he was elected President of Medical Students Union, Colombo, Sri Lanka. In 1962 he was elected President of Ceylon University Student Federation and represented Sri Lanka at International Students’ Conference in Dartford College, New Hampshire and in Quebec, Canada.

He was a Lecturer at Ayurvedic School of Medicine from 1968 -1969. In 1968 he established a clinical practice in Dehiwela and within a short period, enhanced this facility to include a private hospital to serve the community in an area in which such medical facilities were few and far between. The Clinic and Hospital known as Medical Centre Limited, Dehiwela are currently in operation -the administration of which is by a Board of Directors, is responsible to Dr. Jayasinghe, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Company. This clinic is the first 24-hour private clinic in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Jayasinghe maintains his ties with the country of his origin, its culture and its religion. He is the Founder-President of the Institute of Buddha Dhamma Studies. He is a Founder trustee of the Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara of Pasadena and Sri Ratana Buddhist Center of Anaheim, California. He was awarded the Col. Henry Steel Olcott Award for Lifetime Achievement for his outstanding achievements as an Alumni of Ananda College, Colombo; for his accomplishments and contributions to his motherland; for his community and his Alma Mater, in October of 2003.

In June of 2003 Dr. Jayasinghe incorporated two non-profit organizations called Sri Lanka Foundation and Los Angeles Medical Center Foundation. The first Tsunami Relief Run/Walk was hosted in 2005 in the city of Pasadena with over 200 entrants. Another Tsunami Relief effort made by Sri Lanka Foundation was raising more than $100,000.00 as donations from well- wishers to construct 20 homes initially for the displaced survivors of the Tsunami and 6 more homes subsequently. The annual outdoor event called Sri Lanka Day Expo, showcasing Sri Lankan Musicians, Dancers, Food and Businesses, which attracts thousands of Sri Lankans and Americans from around the world to experience the Sri Lankan culture is hosted by Sri Lanka Foundation.

In December of 2019, the distinguished, Herb Wesson President of the LA City Council in recognition of Dr. Walter Jayasinghe’s extraordinary achievements and outstanding support to the community recognized the fact he was one of the first doctors to start a practice of a 24 hour clinic where everyone was welcomed to walk in and get diagnosed at any time, day or night. Apart from that Dr. Walter Jayasinghe is a visionary, entrepreneur, creator and also the founder of the Sri Lankan Foundation in Los Angeles, California which was founded in 2003.

Herb Wesson The President of the City of Los Angeles City Council celebrating diversity declared the official celebration of Sri Lanka Day in Los Angeles amidst a very hearty welcome to the lion nation, Sri Lankans gathered to witness this auspicious moment. His very patriotic words recognizing the lion in the flag which he stated symbolizes courage and represents pride, was definitely what every Sri Lankan present there felt in their hearts watching him speak.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR JAY!!!!!!
SLF Team

Click on the link below and ENJOY WATCHING THE VIDEO of DR JAY’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

https://youtu.be/nT9f-NoTGw4













The Founder of SLAASC, Jayam Rutnam Celebrated his 80th Birthday!!!

Jayam Rutnam celebrated his 80th birthday on June 23rd. A big party was planned and then cancelled due to Covid 19.

Jayam is the publisher of GOOD NEWS FROM JAYAM which goes to over 16,000 email recipients worldwide. He is the Founder President of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California, incorporated in 1973. Now retired from business, he spends his time writing articles for the San Gabriel Valley Examiner. He is married to Gina, his wife of 42 years.

Jayam was presented with the President’s Award (2014)”For philanthropic work” from Chairman of the Sri Lanka Foundation Dr. Walter Jayasinghe at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Jayam and Gina have a daughter Aliki, and a son Jean-Louis. They have five grand daughters. Jayam and Gina live in Glendora, California. He migrated to the USA 55 years ago.

Sri Lanka Foundation team wants to wish you many more successful years ahead and to say you are a living inspiration, walking-talking treasure of experiences and a live example of perseverance.

Help Dinara!

Dinara Senarathne is a 17 year old brilliant, fierce, funny, unique, bold and one of most beloved Zoo Magnet students. She is passionate about animals and worked with the gorillas in the LA Zoo in Animal Husbandry. She is a Zoo Volunteer, co-captain of the North Hollywood High School archery team and a straight A student.

Dinara was in a serious car accident on Christmas Eve. A guy T-boned her and her car was totaled. She was bought into the hospital late and had lost a lot of blood. She suffered multiple fractures and had to have multiple surgeries. Dinara remains hospitalized as she recovers. She was moved out of the Pediatric ICU and is rehabilitating at Northridge Medical Center.

Her family and friends are asking for donations on behalf of Dinara and the Senarathne family to help with medical and care taking costs.

https://www.gofundme.com/godgivebackdinara?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_campmgmt_w&fbclid=IwAR1CbE8q8WE4ONJEYcVm1zsCkHZWtPiHMbDz0WcnmeI3ovVscxMM-hytC2M

Help Save Kumudu

Dr. Kumudu Wickramasinghe, a 38 year old leukemia patient, needs over $50,000 USD for his survival. An anesthesiologist from Colombo, Sri Lanka, Kumudu has valiantly fought Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) for over one year. He has braved numerous complications and extensive rounds of chemotherapy. Because Sri Lanka does not have transplant facilities, Kumudu has had to travel to India, away from his family. He is now isolated at a hospital in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, being resuscitated for life-threatening consequences of chemotherapy as he prepares for a stem cell transplant to take place mid-February 2019. Time is running out. Unfortunately, so are his savings, which have been totally depleted by chemotherapy, hospital stays and the cost of the stem cell transplant.

Prior to his diagnosis, Kumudu excelled in his medical practice, treating thousands of trauma patients. He was known as a dedicated doctor for the poor, having assisted in the development of a new hospital facility for rural patients in Nuwaraeliya. A graduate of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Colombo, and an alumnus of Royal College, Kumudu earned praise from local communities and the Sri Lankan media for his philanthropy. He has led a noble life, both as a doctor and a parent.

Kumudu’s wife, Nirosha Wijeratne, is also a doctor. She has supported him throughout his illness while also caring for their two daughters, Tavishi and Seyara. Both children are under 3 years old and they have missed seeing their father a lot this past year. They are being looked after by a maid now since Nirosha’s mother, who was helping raise the children, recently fell and fractured her hip. To make matters worse, Kumudu’s mother is being treated for breast cancer that has spread to her bones.

Kumudu has strenuously struggled to pay $61,000 towards the stem cell transplant cost. However, in total he needs well over $100,000 to cover his current chemotherapy treatment and the stem cell procedure that will give him a chance at a new lease on life.

We are pleading with you to help Kumudu and his family. Any donation amount, small or big, will make a tremendous difference to them. Thank you for opening your hearts and donations to help save Kumudu’s life.

Here’s How You Can Help

1. Donate any amount using the “Donate” button on this page OR if you want to donate directly to the family using paypal, use this link – http://savekumudu.org/

Donations collected through gofundme.com will be transferred to Kumudu’s wife’s bank account in mid-February.

2.Share this page with as many people as possible. A short email or social media share can help channel much needed funds to the Wickramasinghe family.

This page has been created by STEMM (Sri Lanka Towards Expanding Marrow Matches), an organization working to establish a stem cell registry in Sri Lanka. STEMM has been in close contact with Kumudu since July 2018, when he first reached out to Dr. Pathmarajah, a member of our team. Visit https://www.visionsglobalempowerment.org/stemm to learn more about STEMM.

New Cabinet Ministers sworn in

A new Cabinet consisting of a total of 29 ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, a short while ago.

New Cabinet:

1. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe: Minister of National Polices, Economic Affairs, Resettlement & Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development, Vocational Training & Skills Development & Youth Affairs

2. John Amaratunga: Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs

3. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera: Minister of Buddha Sasana and Wayamba Development

4. Mangala Samaraweera: Minister of Finance and Mass Media

5. Lakshman Kiriella: Minister of Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage & Kandy Development

6. Rauff Hakeem: Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education

7. Thilak Janaka Marapana: Minister of Foreign Affairs

8. Rajitha Senaratna: Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine

9. Ravi Karunanayake: Minister of Power, Energy and Enterprise Development

10. Vajira Abeywardena: Minister of Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government

11. Abdul Rishad Bathiudeen: Minister of Industry & Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons & Co-operative Development

12. Patali Champika Ranawaka: Minister of Megapolis & Western Development

13. Navin Dissanayake : Minister of Plantation Industries

14. P. Harrison: Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development

15. Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Kabir : Minister of Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development

16. Ranjith Maddumabandara: Minister of Public Administration & Disaster Management

17. Gayantha Karunatilake: Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms

18. Sajith Premadasa: Minister of Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs

19. Arjuna Ranatunga: Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation

20. Palani Thigambaram: Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure & Community Development

21. Chadrani Bandara: Minister of Women & Child Affairs and Dry Zone Development

22. Thalatha Atukorale: Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms

23. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam : Minister of Education

24. Abdul Haleem Mohamed Hasheem: Minister of Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs

25. Sagala Ratnayaka: Minister of Ports & Shipping and Southern Development

26. Harin Fernando: Minister of Telecommunications, Digital Infrastructure, Foreign Employment and Sports

27. Mano Ganesan: Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs.

28. Daya Gamage: Minister of Labour, Trade Union Relations, and Social Empowerment.

29. Malik Samarawickrama: Minister of Development Strategies, International Trade and Science, Technology and Research.

Courtesy Adaderana

Live in Los Angeles, “THAWA EKA DAWASAK” Was Organized by Southern California Sri Lankan Cultural & Arts Foundation

“Thawa Eka Dawasak”Live in Concert- Sri Lankan Musical Show was organized by Southern California Sri Lankan Cultural and Arts Foundation (SCSLCAF) on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Historic Warner Grand Theater.

The Musical Show attracted over 500 music lovers and well wishers of different nationalities and cultures. The show was held to raise funds for the Buddhist Vihara in San Diego. The SCSLCAF also raised funds for underprivileged children all over the world. The fund ensures every child, is cared for and educated regardless of family’s ability to pay.

There were two experienced and famous artists from Sri Lanka which was the highlight of the show. The voice for all seasons, Mr Keerthi Pasquel and the voice that never withers Mr Anil Bharathi. The show was equally divided into two parts and each artists were given equal opportunity to entertain the audience. The main reason to bring these two artists was the demand for the songs of the 70’s and 80’s. However, their music was loved by all ages and everyone continued to enjoy their golden oldies.

The show didn’t end with only entertainment, SCSLCAF was thankful for their donors generous contributions to support the event. These contributions also helped the organization to improve the education program of children that need help and launching of a new projects to better improve their services.