Housing for twenty heroic Naval families – Galle
Twenty heroic Naval families received houses built with the financial assistance of Dr. E.M.S. Edirisinghe, Managing Director of Oasis Hospital (Pvt) Ltd and President of Institute of Technological Studies. The houses were ceremonially handed over to the recipients by First Lady Madam Shiranthi Rajapakse today, the 21st of August 2009. Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, Navy Seva Vanitha Unit President Mrs. Malathie Samarasinghe, Mr and Mrs Edirisinghe and several high ranking Naval officers attended the houses handing over ceremony held at Walahanduwa Estate in the Galle district.
Twenty families of Naval personnel who sacrificed their lives and suffered injuries in the battle to liberate the motherland from the terrorism were the beneficiaries of this benevolent act of former Naval Officer turned entrepreneur Dr. E.M.S. Edirisinghe.
The houses have been built at a cost of 20 million rupees on the Walahanduwa Estate belonging to the Sri Lanka Navy on a suggestion made by former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda. A community centre has also been constructed to cater to the educational and medical needs of the residents.
The Commander of the Navy expressed his gratitude to Dr. Edirisighe for his unique gesture worthy of emulation by all those who benefit from the dawn of the peace and stated that the 20 families of the affected Naval personnel would be equally grateful for his generosity since they would feel that their loved ones did not sacrifice in vain but contributed to preserve a grateful society which is sensitive to their responsibilities towards those who gave their flower of youth to ensure a better future for the others.
Sri Lanka Navy salutes Dr. E.M.S. Edirisinghe for his magnanimous gesture and wishes Oasis and ITS, which are celebrating their 10th and 25th anniversaries respectively, all success in their future endeavors.