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February 19, 2018

The Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the UK host 'Living in the UK'
at Redbridge Buddhist Vihara
Once again the Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the UK (APSL) was able to showcase an excellent 'Living in the UK' event at the Redbridge Buddhist Vihara in Ilford on 28th January 2018. This was under the patronage of the Sri Lankan High Commissioner H E Mrs. Amari Wijewardena and Ven. Pethigamuwe Hemarathana of the temple.

The event was a discussion centred on Eastern and Western values and the day to day experiences Sri Lankans face living in the UK. Project Lead and Vice President (Finance) of APSL Mr. Thushara Madurasinghe commenced the event by giving a brief introduction of APSL and on the background of the project. Thushara mentioned that this discussion series has been conducted in various locations in the UK including London, Birmingham and Manchester.

The speakers for the event were Dr. Dulini Fernando - executive committee member of APSL and Associate Professor of the University of Warwick, and Mr. Rohan De Alwis, a Past President of APSL and a Solicitor by profession.

Dr. Dulini Fernando conducted an interesting interactive discussion with the children about the various aspects of Western values and living the UK. Aspects such as what they liked about life in the UK, and the impact on education, wealth and opportunities and why they thought they were here was discussed.

Mr. Rohan De Alwis subsequently took over the discussion by focussing on the Eastern values and the impact it has on Sri Lankans living in the UK. Aspects such as friends-v-acquaintances, keeping links with your roots, and the impact religion and culture has on us were discussed.

The event was well attended with close to 100 parents and children. Other APSL members present were Mr. Nishan Wirasinha, and Mr. Maddon Fernando. The engaging aspects of many of the Sunday school students made the session interactive as well as entertaining at times. A few attendees expressed their willingness to join the APSL which is also a UK registered Charity.

The evening concluded with vote of thanks by Mr. Leslie Dep, Immediate Past President of APSL and a further message of gratitude by the Sunday school teachers and Ven. Hemarathana. For more information on future 'Living in the UK' series events, please contact Thushara Madurasinghe vpfinance@apsl.org.uk

Dr Mohan Siriwardena
General Secretary - APSL
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