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DABAL - Annual General Meeting - 11th AGM - at Royal National Institute of Blind People, 9th April 2016

DABAL 11th AGM - 2016

by Dr Shihan de Silva

On Saturday 9th April 2016, DABAL (Deaf and Blind Aid Lanka-UK Registered Charity No: 1123487) had their Annual General Meeting at the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People).  DABAL is fortunate in securing a well located central London venue due to its Patron, Lord Low of Dalston, former Chairman of the RNIB. Every year, the funds raised are gifted to support educational facilities in two Deaf and Blind schools in Sri Lanka.  Members of DABAL’s committee visit schools in Sri Lanka to validate their suitability for donations.  Out of a number of such schools put forward as potential donees, two are selected at random for the awards. 

Members and guests, were entertained with a variety of music on the grand piano whilst sipping a glass of wine or juice. First Enrico Allatta played Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8, Bach’s Italian Concerto, Mozart’s Sonata  No. 16 in C Major and in A Major, Chopin’s Waltz Op. 69, No. 2, Clayderman’s Couleur Tendresse, Marvin Hamlisch’s The Way We Were, Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1, and also Jerome Kein’s Ol’Man River.  Dr Angeline Kanagasooriam sang (self-accompanied) A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square, Moon River and If  and also played background music. Francesca Welikala Ashfield's solo performances on the flute - Aria duet with soprano from St Matthew passion (Bach) and several Rondeaux from Bach - were a welcome change from the grand piano which was put to good use that afternoon.  Then everyone enjoyed a traditional lamprais wrapped in banana leaf followed by a fresh fruit salad to counteract the rich spices of the meal, all generously provided by Mr Bilal Omar of Golden Platter.   Dr Shihan de Silva played throughout lunch alternating between western (Paderewski’s Menuet in G, The Angelus, Blue Spanish Eyes, Never on a Sunday, In the Mood) and eastern (Danno Budunge, Pale Vasane Ranmali, Lankaveta Baila gena Wally Bastianz, A Wally Bastianz Medley, Chandra me Re Paya Ava, Kedelle Etivu Kirilli Vage) songs.   

The formal part was introduced by Sarath Weerasinghe, (Spokesperson). Ameera Hussain (Chairperson) welcomed the guests. Priya Welikela (Treasurer) read out the financial report for the past year detailing the income generated from the wide range of events.  The Patron, reiterated the effectiveness and significance of DABAL’s work.  Mrs Margaret Richards, Former National President of The Catholic Women’s League, spoke on her involvement with DABAL.  Mr K Yoganaadan (Minister Counsellor, Sri Lanka High Commission, London) commended DABAL’s sterling work and assured the High Commission’s support of the work.     

As is traditional, the election of office bearers was held and a new committee was put in place for the next year.  Sadly, it was farewell to Beulah Mendis (Secretary) who retired from the post after eleven happy years with the charity.  The following were elected for 2016-2017: Chairperson: Ms Ameera Hussain, Vice Chairperson: Charmaine Jayasuriya, Hon Secretary: Ms Dropathi Pillai, Hon Treasurer: Priya Welikala, Membership/Events Secretary: Ms Nadani Welikala.  Committee: Feisal Hussain, Beulah Mendis, Lionel Bandara (Webmaster), Ms Chris Seelanatha, Dr Lakshman Kanagasooriam, Dr Angeline Kanagasooriam and Nimal Navaratne (Publicity).

The raffle was drawn to select nine lucky winners for the handsome prizes generously gifted by wellwishers, committee members and friends of DABAL.  Quite atypically but most appropriately, Mr Ranjith Ananda, President of the Wesley College Old Boys Union, gifted a very special cricket bat, signed by Kumar Sangakkara, himself a keen supporter of charitable work.   The bat fetched £750 when auctioned at the Wesley OBU dinner-dance last October.  It will be re-auctioned on Saturday 10th September when John Gimlett will be speaking about his latest book – Elephant Complex.  But DABAL’s next event is the Kadambari Jewellery Sale, organised by Rashantha Devanesan, on Sunday 1st May at the Charity Centre, Victoria.   The meeting concluded with requests for events in the coming year and the committee will take these into consideration when planning DABAL’s calendar of events.

Nimal Navaratne (Publicity), Lionel Bandara (Web Master), Beulah Medis (Committee), Chris Seela-Natha (Committee), Dropathi Pillai (Secretary), Feisal Hussain (Committee), Ameera Hussain (Chair Person)

Priya Welikala (Tresurer), Nadani Welikala (Membership & Event Secretary), Charmanie Jayasuriya (Vice Chair Person)
Dr.Angeline Kanagasooriam (Committee-Not on this phot
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DABAL - Trustees 2016 - 2017
DABAL is fortunate in securing a well located central London venue due to its Patron, Lord Low of Dalston, former Chairman of the RNIB - Lord Lord's peach at the AGM
Mr K Yoganaadan (Minister Counsellor, Sri Lanka High Commission, London) commended DABAL’s sterling work and assured the High Commission’s support of the work.     
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Mr Ranjith Ananda, President of the Wesley College Old Boys Union, gifted a very special cricket bat, signed by Kumar Sangakkara
The formal part was introduced by Sarath Weerasinghe, (Spokesperson)
Francesca Welikala Ashfield's solo performances on the flute
Dr Angeline Kanagasooriam sang (self-accompanied) A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square, Moon River and If  and also played background music
Dr Shihan de Silva played throughout lunch alternating between western (Paderewski’s Menuet in G, The Angelus, Blue Spanish Eyes, Never on a Sunday, In the Mood) and eastern (Danno Budunge, Pale Vasane Ranmali, Lankaveta Baila gena Wally Bastianz, A Wally Bastianz Medley, Chandra me Re Paya Ava, Kedelle Etivu Kirilli Vage) songs.
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15Sadly, it was farewell to Beulah Mendis (Secretary) who retired from the post after eleven happy years with the charity
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Every year, the funds raised are gifted to support educational facilities in two Deaf and Blind schools in Sri Lanka
The raffle was drawn to select nine lucky winners for the handsome prizes generously gifted by wellwishers, committee members and friends of DABAL
The raffle was drawn to select nine lucky winners for the handsome prizes generously gifted by wellwishers, committee members and friends of DABAL
The raffle was drawn to select nine lucky winners for the handsome prizes generously gifted by wellwishers, committee members and friends of DABAL
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