Major plans for Wesley College for 142nd Founder’s Day celebrations

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Wesley College has made elaborate plans with a series of events for the celebration of the 142nd Founder’s Day starting from 2 March.

Wesley College was founded 142 years ago by the Rev. Daniel H. Pereira in Dam Street, Pettah on the 2March 1874. A spokesman for the OBU said past and present Wesleyites are invited to come together and greet each other during a week of Founders and Old Boy’s Day celebrations beginning 2March.

From Rev. Samuel R Wilkin, Wesley’s first Principal (1874-1879)to its current, Dr. Ben Manickam, Wesley has continued to striveto transform itself to bea leading educational institution in Sri Lanka.

The 142nd Founders Day Special Assembly will be held at the College Hall on 2 March at 8a.m. On 4 March at 4:30 p.m. the Past vs Present hockey and soccer matches at Campbell Park will be held with respective coordinators being Rohan Amarasinghe –hockeyand Benzy Fernando – soccer. The same evening at 6p.m. Wesley College Principal will host all participants and well wishers for a tea party at the Pavilion. Thereafter at 7:30 p.m. Pastvs Present water polo match will be played at the College swimming pool with coordinator of the event being Edward Vandendriesen.

On 5 March, Past and Present basketball match will be played at 8a.m. at the College Premises with the coordinator being Faizal Deva.

At 9a.m. same day, the traditional cricket match between Old Boys vs Present 1st X1 cricket team will be played on a T20 format at the Campbell Park.Coordinators of this event are Oscar Dissanayake and DharshanaLiyanage.

At 1p.m. the traditional OBU lunch will be hosted at the College premises with tickets priced at Rs. 1,000. Thereafter at 2:30 p.m. the Wesley College Old Boys Union will hold its Annual General Meeting at the College Hall.Tickets can be purchased from Kamalesh on 0773356638, Fowzil Nawaz on 0777900808 or from the manager at the Old Wesleyites Sports Club House. College ties will be sold at a specially discounted price of Rs. 750on the day.

On Sunday 6March, as part of the celebration of the Founders Day, a Special Thanksgiving Service at the Chapel at 4:30 p.m.

The spokesman said Wesley old boys who wish to participate in the series of events (A Walk Down Memory Lane from 2to 6March) should contact Dharshana Liyanage (cricket) 0774775686, Rohan Amerasinghe (hockey) 0772303650, Benzy Fernando  (soccer) 0777706732, Faizal Deva (basketball) 0777414336 and Edward Vandendriesen (water polo) 0776045829.