ST. PAUL'S MILAGIRIYA Past Pupils Association – Annual Charity Event

Photographers by Praneeth Hettiarachchi

The St.Paul's Milagiriya Past Pupils Association celebrated 130 years of the school birthday coinciding with a 10th anniversary of the SPM PPA branch in the United Kingdom. The big bash party themed on Fire and Ice was held at the Thistle Hotel Heathrow on the 4th of November 2017.

It all commenced with the traditional lamp lighting by the new team lead by President Ruvini Ranatunga and her new committee.

An elegant cake was brought in by four young lads on a Roman-themed palanquin with fireworks and confetti to the surprise of all the guests. After the cake cutting ceremony joined by the entire SPM Past Pupils present in the hall, they were proud to sing their school song with utmost gratitude and appreciation, to their Alma Mater.

Ruvini the President for 2017/2018, welcomed the guests with a short, but well-scripted speech describing the 10-year journey supporting the school. Her special thanks too, was to her diligent and dedicated Committee without whom she wouldn’t have been able to have this great evening. She also showed appreciation and felicitated the four past presidents, Prashanthi Wijesinghe, Manjula Yapa, Dr.Chandani Pathiranage and Dr. Rehana Shakir with colourful flower bouquets presented by children of past pupils.

An introduction of the planned scholarship programme was mentioned as a project to complement the 130th Birthday of the school.

As the beautifully sculptured Ice kept melting through the night, the guests indulged and enjoyed the night scintillating the dance floor, a pair of Hawaiian and Bollywood dancers entertained during the breaks. A specially prepared Sri Lankan menu provided by Abi Foods kept the crowd well fed and continuous flow of drinks, whilst the music exhilarated the expectations with their wide array of popular music to keep the dance floor filled.This event covered all preparations to keep all girls on fire to the music of Praveen and his band Exceed.

Many valuable gift hampers and raffle prizes kept one and all guessing if they were winners throughout the evening. The Sri Lankan baila competition competed in earnest, which was a vital ingredient of the evening.

The Committee Members of the SPM PPA-UK worked hard in organizing this event & they are, President Ruvini Ranatunga, Secretary Nanditha Jayaweera, Treasurer Shaira Mayadeen, Vice President Dr.Chandani Pathiranage , Assistant Secretary Lumbini Vithana, Assistant Treasure Cherine Dean, Dr. Rehana Shakir, Daisy Hassan,Chandi Karunaratne, Fuzna Hafeel, Chandima Dharmawickrama & last but not least Dahami Ranaweera

Just after the vote of Thanks by the Secretary Nanditha Jayaweera, a most delightful evening ended at 01.30 am, shortly after both national anthems were sung.