Members' Forum

NOTICE: This page is for members of the Friends of Sri Lanka Association (FoSLA) to share information directly with other members. FoSLA does not take responsibility for the content or any inaccuracies.

Members are invited to send contributions to Sue Marsh at Notices might publicise an event organised to support a charity, a beach bungalow for rent, a restaurant a member has enjoyed, a new book. We would only publish a notice once so as to allow space for other members. The annex to the newsletter will be no longer than two sides of an A4 sized paper and notices should be as concise as possible. By clicking on the links below you can read the latest 1 page annex titled the Members' Forum which accompanies our quarterly newsletter.

Sri Lankan Travel Information: Sri Lanka remains on the UK Government Red List for UK travellers. On 7th July 2021, the Sri Lankan Government's new Quarantine Measures for travellers arriving in Sri Lanka was released and can be view by clicking on this link. You should always check the uptodate rules with your country of departure and arrival before booking your travels, and before flying.

Possible New Sri Lankan Visa for Foreigners - Working Remotely from Paradise, read more:

Thursday 15th July, at 9pm on BBC1: Our NHS a Hidden History. This documentary is about the immigrant contribution to the NHS and shows some of the work of fellow FoSLA member Ossie Fernando who was at the forefront of kidney transplantation in this country.

20th - 25th July 2021: Renowned Sri Lankan Artist and FoSLA Member Anoma Wijewardena informs us that her artwork will be on display at the Clerkenwell Gallery in London alongside the work of other South Asian artists. The private and directional tours run are available in pre-bookable slots. See flyer for more details and information on how to book your viewing slot.

5th August 2021: FoSLA Member Rosh Olivelle has resumed her London Supper Clubs, the next one, you can book here: Tickets for Supper Club in Clapham

Annex to Summer 2021 Newsletter with features on the Meththa Foundation UK (helping the limbless), The Sri Lankan Society (supporting the vulnerable), Deaf and Blind Aid Lanka (assisting 16 deaf and blind schools) and the new villas for sale at the Victoria Golf and Country Resort in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Annex to Spring 2021 Newsletter with features on Their Future Today (a children's charity), News from Jungle Tide and Richard Goode's Book, Living the Good Life at Full Throttle.

Several members have provided copies to share of an audio-visual recording of the Statement made by His Excellency, Mohan Peiris, Permanent Representative to the United Nations (here)and also the Response to the UNHRC Resolution by our own FoSLA Patron, namely: The Rt. Hon. Lord Naseby, which appeared recently in the Island Newspaper, click here to read.

Many FoSLA members participated in the Appeal made by the Sri Lankan Medical and Dental Association (UK) to raise funds to purchase 1,000 oximeters for Sri Lanka. Dr Veerasiri Punchihewa informs us that the response has been overwhelming. Special thanks are extended to Friends of Sri Lanka members for their generous contributions which helped smash the £10,000 target within 24 hours!!! £18,000 was raised in 36 hours; 1,000 Pulse Oximeters were purchased and dispatched on the day the Appeal was launched; 5,000 non-rebreather masks will be purchased; and CPAP masks have also been requested by the Ceylon College of Physicians. SLMDA-UK fundraising continues: Sort Code 30-62-61, Account Number 84353168, please use payment reference surname and initials (eg Smith JA). UK taxpayers should also complete the Gift Aid Link.Please visit the SLMDA-UK website for information and the postal address for cheques.