All Ceylon Hindu Congress : Urgent Appeal for Relief Assistance

December 28, 2004

The All Ceylon Hindu Congress (a Federation of Hindu Religious Associations and Temple Trusts in Sri Lanka) conveys its deepest sympathies to all the members of thousands of families who have unfortunately lost their members and all those who have suffered physically and materially due to the unfortunate events of 26th December, 2004.

We pray to the Almighty to bless all those families and to restore to them their normal life soon.  We share their loss and sorrow as a part of ours and assure to all of them that we will do our utmost to assist all those families.

We have received several urgent requests for relief assistance from our member Associations, particularly in the North and East who are undergoing untold suffering due to the said sad events.  More than two thousand died in the Northern Province and more than five thousand in the Eastern Province.  Thousands of families are rendered homeless and taken shelter in refugee camps in their own districts.

We have decided to collect relief items and cash donations and send relief goods to all those people.  We might mention that only a few days ago we sent relief assistance to Kilinochchi and that we have also sent a lorry-load of relief assistance to Batticaloa through the Batticaloa YMHA, which reached them on the 25th December, 2004.

Urgent requests are for mats, clothes and food items.  If cash is given, we can arrange to purchase and dispatch what are really required by the refugees.  Relief items and cash donations can be handed over at the following collection points:

1. Saraswathie Hall, 75 Lorenz Road, Bambalapitiya
2. Vivekananda Society, 34, Vivekananda Hill, Colombo 13.
3. Colombo North Hindu Association, Temple Road, Mutwal
4. Kotahena Aiynkaran Mandapam, Kotahena Street, Colombo 13.
5. All Ceylon Hindu Congress, 91/5, Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 2.
6. Colombo Young Women's Hindu Association, No. 15 Bagatalle Road, Colombo 3
7. Sakthi Illam (behind Hindu College), Ratmalana

GENERAL SECRETARY
ALL CEYLON HINDU CONGRESS
Tel: 0712-723456 or 00-94-11-2371100 or Fax : 00-94-11-2371111 or e-mail: neela@mail6.lanka.net

S Karunalingam
Chairman - Executive Committee
Sri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman Temple Trust (London)
Mobi:07958 083456 Tel:0208 429 4528 email: karunai@gmail.com
www.ChangeTheirLife.org  ...... www.AmmanUK.org

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Posted January 4, 2005