Following bomb blasts : Book publishers provide support to affected students | Sunday Observer

Following bomb blasts : Book publishers provide support to affected students

SLPBA President Vijitha Yapa makes the presentation to Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. From left: Treasurer Athula Jayakody, former President Haputhanthri Premasiri, Secretary, Samantha Indeewara and former Secretary Upali Wanigasuriya look on.
SLPBA President Vijitha Yapa makes the presentation to Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. From left: Treasurer Athula Jayakody, former President Haputhanthri Premasiri, Secretary, Samantha Indeewara and former Secretary Upali Wanigasuriya look on.

A delegation of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers’ Association (SLBPA) met Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo recently and donated Rs. 450,000 to help poor students affected by the bomb blasts in the three churches on April 21. The Association also offered six scholarships with a monthly stipend to six students till they graduate from university.

The President of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers’ Association, Vijitha Yapa said, “The action taken by Your Eminence to harness the help of others to bring healing and calm and to ensure that peace endures is something that we as citizens are deeply touched by. The leadership you displayed has been a tremendous inspiration to us all and an example of how to keep a cool head amidst destruction and chaos and find answers instead of blaming others.”

The Cardinal thanked the SLBPA for its thoughtfulness in donating the funds and said there are over 170 children who have been affected by the bomb blasts. He said the greatest need for Sri Lanka are patriots who think of the country before themselves.

He deplored the action of some destructive elements who he described as ‘cardboard heroes’ who are more interested in the votes they can entice than thinking of the destruction and disruption they are causing, tarnishing Sri Lanka’s image. 

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