From all of us at Gecko, we hope you have had a Merry Christmas, and wish you all a peaceful and prosperous 2017.
The committee would like to thank all of our followers for your support of our work this year, and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.
We held our Annual General Meeting in early December, and are pleased to welcome a new executive committee- more details to follow in January!
For now, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the highlights of our work this year, and update you on the progress of our supported projects in Sri Lanka, which your kind donations have made possible.
In February, we held our third pub quiz, once again at The Railway Tavern in Liverpool Street, London. Sri Lanka’s answer to Dermot O’Leary, Gecko’s very own quizmaster Denesh Srikantharajah guided everyone through a varied and entertaining series of brainteasers and fun bonus rounds. With some excellent pub grub and beverages, a great evening was enjoyed by all. Team “Ross Geller”, aptly named from being comprised of married couples and Ross, emerged victorious and took away the well-earned cinema vouchers.
In May, torrential rain caused severe flooding in a number of areas in Sri Lanka, with a devastating impact on many homes and livelihoods. We were glad to be able to provide an emergency fund of £500.00 towards the flood relief efforts conducted by Sri Lanka Red Cross at this time of need.
August saw the return of our summer cricket carnival, The Gecko Sixes, now in its ninth incarnation. With the added excitement of a quarter final round, and freshly cooked hoppers, courtesy of RUCI foods, clear sunny skies, another great day out was had by all. We were also pleased to crown new Gecko Sixes Champions, attending the event for the first time.
In total, Gecko has raised £1,968.59 from the Pub Quiz and The Gecko Sixes this year.
In addition to the emergency flood fund (£500.00) donated in May via Sri Lanka Red Cross, we are proud to support further ongoing rehabilitation work by Sevanatha in the Sedawatte region, including the construction of basic facilities such a toilets which many families were stripped of in the flooding. Our thanks to Give2Lanka for facilitating this donation of £750.00 and supporting this as well as a large number of honourable charitable causes in Sri Lanka.
We have also donated £750.00 to The Organization of People for Engagement and Enterprise (OPEnE) to aid the development of their education hub centres in Iluppaikkadavai and Mannar in the North of the country, to support children in curriculum challenges and life skills, through after school classes.
Once again, our heartfelt thanks to you all for your support of our events this year. We are always looking for new committee members to play a larger role in organising our events. We are a friendly, approachable group of young volunteers in the UK and have really enjoyed working with Gecko over the years. If you are interested in getting involved, or know anyone who may be, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Facebook.
Finally, the committee would like to thank our outgoing president, Madura Jayatunga for his hard work and leadership over the past two years. Madu has been at the forefront of Gecko’s work right from its inception in 2005, and his drive to carry the charity’s work into its second decade has been inspirational to us all.
We wish you all a Happy New Year, and look forward to seeing you in 2017!
The Gecko Committee