(Seated from left): Royal-Thomian Match Organising Committee Co-Secretary Mahesh Nanayakkara, Royal College, Colombo Senior Games Master M.A.M Riyaz, Royal-Thomian Match Organising Committee Co-Chairman S. Rajmohan, Royal College, Colombo Principal B.A. Abeyratne, Dialog Axiata Senior General Manager – Global and Content Service Mangala H. Hettiarachchi, S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia Sub-Warden Asanka Perera, Royal-Thomian Match Organising Committee Co-Chairman Ashan De Silva, Royal-Thomian Match Organising Committee Co-Secretary Shawn Shiek and Royal College Union Secretary Mithila Mendis, with representatives from the four recipient schools
The 139th Battle of the Blues annual cricket encounter between Royal College, Colombo, and S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia, this year saw four schools benefit from ‘Play for a Cause’, the annual sustainability project of this traditional encounter.
H/Theraputta National School, Ambalantota, Kirindiwela MMV, Kirindiwela, Victoria College, Chulipuram and Pothuwila MMV, Pothuwila were selected as the worthy beneficiaries by Royal College, Colombo and S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia.
In 2015, at the 136th edition of the Royal-Thomian, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC rekindled a long and successful partnership with Sri Lanka’s Blue Ribbon Big Match, The Battle of the Blues and made a pledge to contribute Rs. 1,000 for every run scored and Rs. 10,000 for every wicket that fell. This year’s exciting encounter contributed Rs. 1,018,000 to the Play for a Cause pledge. Since the inception of the Play for a Cause pledge, inclusive of the 139th Battle of the Blues, Rs. 3,977,000 worth of cricket gear was donated to 14 deserving schools.