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Farewell to the National Director of Caritas SEDEC-Sri Lanka Rev.Fr. George Sigamony and a    warm welcome to the New Director Rev.Fr.SanthikumarWeliwitta.


A programme was organized at Caritas EHED new office building situated at Jayanthipura to bid farewell to National Director of Caritas SEDEC Rev.Fr.GeorgeSigamonyhonouring him for the past 8 years of services rendered to the poor and needy, and to welcome the New National Director Rev.Fr. SanthikumarWeliwitta on 23rd June 2016, presided by the Director of Caritas EHED, BatticaloaRev.Fr.Geron De Lima. Prior to the programme on 22nd June 2016, the outgoing Director and the new Director along with the other Directors of the respective Diocese were welcomed by the Director of Caritas EHED, Batticaloa and were accommodated at the Lorenzo De Almeida, Burgher Cultural Centre. The following day the programme commenced at 8.30 a.m. by receiving the Guests of honour at the entrance of the main gate and accompanying them to the portico of the main office building where they were decked with garlands and welcomed themin the traditional and cultural methodway of the Tamils.  There after a Holy Mass was celebrated with the participation of all the priests who were present for the function presided by the National Director Rev. Fr.GeorgeSigamony and assisted by Rev.Fr.SanthikumarWeliwitta. After the Eucharistic celebration aWelcome speech was delivered by The Director of Caritas EHED – Batticaloa. Rev.Fr. Geron De Limafollowed by an entertainment programme by EHED staff.This programme included group songs, Mimicry, welcome dance and a Sinhala song. The Chief Guest also entertained the staff by singing a heart touching song in Tamil similar to the English song by Jim Reeves- Golden Memories and silver tears.     Thereafter the Farewell Guest, Rev. Fr. George Sigamonywas honouredwith the Golden ornamental Shawl by the Director of Caritas EHED – Batticaloa.Rev.Fr. Geron De Lima followed by a Felicitation Poem read by M/s. R.K.Mary. This poem was presented to the Guest by Mrs.M.Selvarani and Mr.Rajappu the senior staff of Caritas EHED, Batticaloa Diocese. The New National Director, Rev. Fr. ShanthikumarWeliwita was also honoured with the Golden ornamental Shawl by the Vicar General of the Diocese of Batticaloa Very Rev.Fr. Thevathasan.

Souvenirs were also presented to the Distinguished Guests during this programme by the Director of Caritas EHED Batticaloa to the following dignitaries\.
1)         Vicar General of the Diocese Very Rev.Fr.A. Devathasan.
2)         Rev.Fr. Sri Lal – The Director of Caritas Sethsaviya Anuradhapura
3)         Rev.Fr.JamikaPerera – Director of Caritas Janasetha –Kurunagala.
4)         Rev.Fr. L. Jayakanthan-The Parish Priest of Iruthapuram
5)         Rev.Fr. NavaretnamNavagie- Lecturer- Eastern University 
5)         Mr.K. Theivendrarajah The programme Manager from the National Centre Caritas SEDEC Colombo.
6)         A member of the Board of Management of Caritas EHED, Batticaloa,Mr.Rajkumar    Retired Manager of Bank of Ceylon.

The programme adjourned with the vote of thanks By the Projects coordinator Mr.Michael Aloysius and thereafter followed by the fellowship lunch to all the invitees.

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