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The High Tea was held on Sunday, 8th April 2018 at The Ponds Community Hub hosted by Harvesters Assist Inc. The Guests List was by Invitation only. Dr Brindha Shivaligam/Head of Neurosurgery Chris O’Brien Lifehouse was the Guest Speaker.

As an excellent keynote speaker Dr Brindha inspired and unified her audience from the moment she began to speak. She was able to identify the ‘sweet spot’ and in minutes established rapport, credibility and attention to the message she was imparting to the Guests of Harvesters Assist Inc. She wrapped up her session including a Q&A segment which was welcomed by everyone. MC was none other than Duke Ramachandran; The Audio & Multi Media by one of the best, Shanaka Tennekoon/Event360; B&T Caterers Sydney set up the High Tea with elegance and style; Table Centrepiece with fresh flowers by Sobhini Sinnatamby who can never go wrong with flowers! HA had a choice of excellent and exquisite caterers… Roshini, Shivanthi, Fiona, Lumbini, Patti, Nira and many others who spoilt the Guests with buffet style of cakes, sandwiches, savouries and sweets. Not forgetting photography by Thanuja who leaves us with memorable photos…The HA Team pulled off another event raising funds for the APEKSHA HOSPITAL Maharagama Sri Lanka in ease and style. WE CAN & WE WILL.



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Gary and Dalrene win Gold – Story by Marie Pietersz | Photographs courtesy of the family


Gary Joseph and Dalrene Sharelle (nee Achilles) Pompeus celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary with a grand party at the Melrose Reception Centre, Airport West, on Sunday, 11 March 2018.  

A thanksgiving ceremony preceded the celebrations and was presided over by celebrant Deacon Pou’kesi Vaka’uta. It included a blessing of rings and thanksgiving prayers led by the five grandchildren and god-daughter, Jeanine Pompeus, one of three god-children present.

Dalrene was very excited as she described how Gary and she had waited so long for this special day and a further declaration of their love for each other. Special moments of the evening that moved her included the rendition of the love song, I found lasting love, by Sal Mineo, sung to her by Gary, the speeches by her grandchildren and the specially choreographed dance performed for them by three of the grandsons. 

The 165 guests were entertained to a packed agenda. Highlights included a rendition of O My Papa by Dalrene’s older brother and trumpeter Dallas Achilles, a love song by Steve and Ann Furtado, and speeches by younger brother Delmer Achilles, Gary’s sister, Carol Raymond, and bestman Ralph de Zilva.

It all started when Dalrene and her sister Orianna met Gary and a friend at a dance at the 20th Century Dance club. Gary claims Dalrene played ‘hard to get’ which spurred him on to pursue her and love blossomed. However, Dalrene’s father, Vernon, was opposed to the friendship at first as Dalrene was Anglican and Gary a Catholic. However, love won and the couple were married at the All Saints Church, Borella, on  12 March 1968, and were blessed with a son, Dodwell, that same year.

The couple migrated to Australia in September 1972 and have lived in Melbourne ever since. They became Australian citizens in 1974.

When they first arrived in Melbourne, they shared a home in Broadmeadows with kind friends Bunny and Therese Joseph, who themselves had eight children, but made room to fit them in, until Dalrene and Gary were able to rent a house in Glenroy and then purchase their home in Gladstone Park in 1976 where they have lived for 42 years.

In Sri Lanka, Dalrene learned shorthand and typewriting at the Pitman’s Shorthand and Typewriting Academy, going on to become a teacher at the Academy before progressing to the position of Secretary.

In Australia, Gary worked at the Ford Motor Company at Broadmeadows for 29 years and Dalrene worked as a Stock R/Typist/Invoicing Clerk at Ericcsons, the well-known communications company, also for 29 years, temporarily resigning when daughter Maria was born in 1974 and rejoining the company in those days when maternity leave was not part of employment agreements.

The couple have five grandchildren whom they adore. Son Gary married Tania Fernando and have two children Jacob (17) and Chloe (15) and daughter Maria married Parrick Iosefo and have three children, twins Zyon and Dre (12) and Maxym (9).

Since arriving in Melbourne, Gary and Dalrene have been intimately involved with the Parish of Good Shepherd, Gladstone Park and regularly attend and assist at Sunday and weekday Masses. They are also the organisers of the weekly Novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help held at St Fidelis Church, Coburg for over 31 years, together with 23 years of dedication to weekly devotions to the Holy Miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague organised by Gary.

Gary and Dalrene are very busy in their retirement with their significant involvement in church activities and as ardent supporters of their grandchildren who are making names for themselves in the sporting field among other things.

To know this couple is to know their love for the church, each other and their family. Congratulations Gary and Dalrene on this significant milestone and best wishes go with you for many more years of a happy and healthy wedded life together. 

 MC for the Evening:  Godson Perry Amarasingham 

Catering: Melrose Receptions

Cake: Ayisvy Miral 

Bombanier wedding cake: Joan Fernando

Special mention guests: Carol and Melessa Raymond. Eden and Jeanine Pompeus (Sydney) and school mates Ralph and Vilette De Zilva (Queenland), Dylan and Christine Modder (Canada), Roy and Ingrid Parsons, Peter and Marguerite De Niese, Jermyn and Joan Dekker, Johnny and Daphne Van Sanden, and three godchildren.

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Josephians celebrate their College Feast – Photos thanks to George Rupesinghe

Once again the New South Wales Josephians, families, friends and well-wishers gathered to celebrate their College Feast and enjoy the fellowship of friends on Saturday 17 March. This time at the community centre at West Pennant Hills. And once again they were fortunate in having the chaplain to the Sri Lankan community in New South Wales and prefect of games at College, Father Chaminda Wanigasena, as the celebrant. A feature of the well-attended Mass was the fervent participation and singing of the hymns.

The prayers by Kumar Eliyathamby, Dylan Tavarayen, Romel Pieris and Eddie Correra gave thanks and remembered the past Rectors and teachers together with the present staff of the College. Young and old celebrated birthdays and the company of friends.

The dinner catered by Dish tickled more than a few tastebuds and earned some plaudits. The music by Pius Miranda had the dance floor tapping to familiar tunes. The customary rendition of the College Anthem was great testimony of the fellowship generated on the evening.

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Networking Meeting with Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology (SLINTEC) Endowment Trust Fund – Photos by eLanka: 

Video by Dr Harold Gunatillake

Speech by Himalee Arunatilaka – Deputy High Commissioner; Sri Lanka High Commission, Canberra, (on behalf of the High Commissioner Hon S.Skandakumar)

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Networking Meeting with Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology

Networking Meeting with Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology (SLINTEC) Endowment Trust Fund – Photos by eLanka SLINTEC with the assistance of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney presented the strategy on SLINTEC Endowment Trust Fund to help the advanced scientific research in Sri Lanka. The SLINTEC Endowment Trust Fund has been established for the purpose of advancing the energy in the area of Nano Technology for the benefit of the public. This include funding scientific research in the area of Nano Technology, funding specific research projects identified by the settlor funding and the creation of a vehicle through which members of the public can be shareholders of scientific research in Sri Lanka. Mr. Hiran de S. Wijeyeratne, CEO and the senior officials from SLINTEC made a presentation to the members of Sri Lankan Diaspora in Sydney on the Endowed Trust Fund and engaging the Sri Lankan Diaspora members to be a partner in science, engineering, technology and re-awakening in Sri Lanka. Consul General of Sri Lanka in Sydney Lal Wickrematunge and Himalee Arunatilaka – Deputy High Commissioner; Sri Lanka High Commission, Canberra, (on behalf of the High Commissioner Hon S.Skandakumar) explained the importance of the Sri Lankans in Sydney being part of the SLINTEC groth strategy. Dr Gihan Amaratunga professor of Engineering & Head Electronics Power and Energy Conservation at the University of Cambridge; who also heads up the Research & Innovation at SLINTEC. presented SLINTECs involvement in Nano Science. The evening was well attended followed by Networking between the Sri Lankan Diaspora of Sydney with the SLINTEC Officials.

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Marlon Amarasekera bids adieu to Australia – Photos thanks to Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne)

Marlon Amarasekera bids adieu to Australia after a memorable musical tour at the Walawwa in Melbourne. Music with Marlon and Cameron Colombage and Cherrie Chamarie with B Sharp. Great send off organized by Michael Prins and Walter Perumal to a sellout crowd.

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Prashadi Ranasinghe of Prashadi Dance Academy

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Like every child Prashadi continued her studies at college. But her enthusiasm for dancing was there since she was in very little age. Therefore she kept her first step in dancing at the age of 03 from Daya Nellampitiya and with a solid foundation received from there, after 05 years she selected Kulasiri Budawatta as her instructor. There she studied for 12 years and got all experience & abilities. During that period she performed at many occasions locally and also internationally.

Though she went through extensive studies under Budawatta, her eagerness for dancing never constrained from there, she went India for further studies, there she continues her studies for another 2 years period & gained the knowledge of Latin & Indian styles for a great extend.

Since then Prashadi’s dance addiction, has as taken her across many countries & she performed in many occasions, also she had the opportunity to perform with many internationally recognized cartographers & dancers, Such as Terrance Lewis.

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Alston Koch sings at The Academy Awards ‘After Party’
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Alston Koch at The Oscars ‘After Party’ 2018 in Beverly Hills

Sidney Mulgrow talks about the Chinese American produced Academy Awards ‘ After Party’ and Alston Koch’s contribution


Alston Koch with The President Of America-China ( ACCS) at the Academy Awards ‘After Party’

The President and one of the most powerful business magnates in America – China business Robert Sun seen here with Sri Lankan born Australian American legendary entertainer ALSTON KOCH at the launch of the special ‘OSCAR’ After Party in Hollywood.


Alston Koch sings at The Academy Awards ‘After Party’

Legendary SriLankan born singer songwriter producer & actor Alston Koch was an exclusive entertainer & participant at the America- China sponsored ‘After Party’ of THE ACADEMY AWARDS a ‘Star studded’ evening billed as the ‘Nite Of The Year’ at the Sofitel Hotel Beverly Hills.

Patrons turned up in their Bentley’s, Lamborghinis & Ferrerari’s & lined up well before the event started.( See Photos) In the city where the ‘Red  Carpet’ was first officially introduced Alston raised the barriers of performance once again & was recognized for his effort by The President Of The America-Chinese ( ACCS) & the patrons paying $1500/- to be a part of this legendary event in Hollywood.

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