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Foundation of Goodness updates include the month's featured stories, sector spotlights, upcoming events, and much more.
October Highlights






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Essential School Supplies Programme
We are still collecting funds for our Essential School Supplies Programme to provide complete sets of school items to rural kids in need.

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OYOB Tuk Tuk Ride gearing up for 2019
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Sri Lanka Unites Outstanding Role Models Interview with Kushil.
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Sky Sports with the cricketing greats, Nasser Hussain and Robert Key visited Seenigama to film a segment with our trustee Muthiah Muralidaran, to be aired on Sky Sports during the England vs Sri Lanka Cricket Series.
 
The PMTT Moyes Brothers' Walk on behalf of the Methsewa Special Needs Home (Moneragala) as facilitated by the Foundation of Goodness took place from the 13th to 18th October with FoG trustee and legendary cricketer Muthiah Muralidaran flagging off the event. Brothers Kenny and Jamie Moyes were joined by family and friends to complete 100 km on foot from Colombo to Weligama to raise funds for the 90+ special needs and differently abled residents of Methsewa Home.
 
75 solar power units were gifted to families on the island of Iranaitheevu in Northern Sri Lanka who did not have access to electricity. 50 units were donated by Chandra Fernando (Australia) with ‘Anduren Eliyata’ (Darkness to Light) while 25 were donated by Dushyanthy Sutherland-Pillai (UK).
 
Sweaters donated by Roger Perera from Australia were donated to estate worker communities in Hatton, Nuwara Eliya Districts with more distributions to take place in Bogawanthalawa and Bandarawela in the coming weeks.
 
Netball training shoes donated by Piyumi Weerasooriya (Australia) were handed over to Ravidi Kithma (pictured above) from Prajapathi Gothami Girls School, Ambalangoda who is presently in the SL Junior National Netball pool.
 
Inzamam Hassim from Combat APR donated 12 Combat APR Inner-Wear tights to FoG athletes as part of 'THE PLEDGE' initiative.
 
Representatives from the Central Bank and HNB Bank Ambalangoda Branch conducted a financial awareness workshop for 104 students at the MCC Centre of Excellence to develop their financial awareness.

Community Aid & Sports Tours

Students from Invicta Girls Grammar School spent an amazing time at the Foundation of Goodness adding value across so many different areas from teaching English to painting a local school and conducting training sessions at our Sports Academy. 
 
Students from Iona College, Brisbane- Australia visited the Mathagal Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre in Jaffna where they spent time learning more about our programmes and interacting with the little ones at the pre-school.
 
Cranbrook School - Australia, visited the Foundation of Goodness in Seenigama during which time they participated in a beach cleanup along the Seenigama coastline and also painted the Lahiru Pre-school Computer Room.
 
Community aid sports tours this month included Wanstead & Snaresbrook Cricket Club UK (pictured above presenting a cheque for GBP 4,000/- raised especially as a charitable donation for FoG), Phillip De Freitas Cricket Academy UK, Cotswold School UK (cricket), Channing Girls’ School UK (Netball), St. John’s Leatherlead School UK (cricket) and Francis Holland Girls’ School UK (Netball) whose visits provide an invaluable experience because of the opportunity to play and learn from each other.

Special Events
 
Teachers Day was celebrated by students at the Bandarawela, Matara, Mathagal and Rathgama Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres, the Seenigama Children’s Good Values Initiative, Tamil & Elocution classes, Lahiru Pre-school and the Akurala & Kahawa Child Resilience Centres.

The beneficiaries of the Oddusuddan (Mullaitivu) Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre organised a special event to help and support three elderly ladies who had lost their homes and families during the years of civil conflict and now struggles to make a living on their own in commemoration of Elders’ Day.

Students from the Murukandy Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre in Kilinochchi Northern Sri Lanka visited the Karunai Illam Elders' Home to celebrate a combined Elders' and Children's Day.

Students from FoG’s Oddusuddan, Ampara, Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, Moneragala, Matara, Bandarawela, Jaffna and Rathgama Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres, Akurala and Kahawa Children’s Goodness Clubs, the Seenigama Children’s Good Value Initiative, Elocution & Tamil classes and Lahiru Pre-school organised special programmes including fun games, singing and dancing to celebrate Children’s Day.

A Life Skills & Values workshop was conducted for 40 students from the English, Photography, Electrical Installation and Tamil classes with special guest speaker H. A. S. Mendis – Counsellor and Former Manager NDDCB motivating the students in addition to sessions conducted by FoG Founder/ Chief Trustee Kushil Gunasekera and the Community Psycho-social Unit.
 
Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres:
The Foundation of Goodness Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres are designed to empower rural disadvantaged villagers, especially through English and IT which are essential to reduce the levels of poverty. Other programmes also include life skills & values, educational subjects, vocational training and sports to help them make better progress in overcoming the disparity between the urban and rural communities.
 

 

 
80 students at the Oddusuddan Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre (Mullaitivu) participated in a workshop conducted by SriLankan Airlines who sponsor the Centre. The team conducted sessions on ‘How to Face an Interview’, ‘Motivational Speech’, ‘Team Building’, ‘Baking’, ‘Sewing’ and ‘Patchwork’.
 
The Rathgama Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre (Galle) celebrated its 8th Anniversary with a visit to the Baranasooriya Boys’ Home to spend time with the children and treat them to a delicious meal.

The Bandarawela, Thirukkovil (Ampara) and Eravur (Batticaloa) VHE Centres conducted programmes on Dengue Prevention to help their beneficiaries better understand how to avoid contracting dengue fever and prevent it from spreading, the Eravur (Batticaloa) and Thirukkovil (Ampara) VHE Centres organised a Saraswathy Pooja venerating the Goddess Saraswathi while the kids at the Udumulla (Galle) VHE Centre learnt how to create Batik designs.

Sports
We are delighted to announce that the Seenigama Ladies Cricket Team will remain a Division 1 team in 2019 while the Cricket Seenigama Club Team has qualified to play in Division 2.

Congratulations to FoG cricketer, 17-year-old Kaveesha Dilhari from Devapathiraja College who has been selected to play for the National Ladies Cricket Team in the upcoming T20 World Cup in the West Indies in November.

Sachinika Piyumali placed 3rd at the Southern Province Karate Championship while the FoG Karate Class students participated in the Sri Lanka National Karate Championship - 2018 organized by Sri Lanka Karate Federation.
 
FoG Swimmers participated in the Defense Services College All Island Novices Swimming Championship where Sayuri Kawya placed 1st in the U17 50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke events while Kaveesha Nimsarani won 1st place at the U17 50m Butterfly event.

Special training programmes for the Sports Academy cricketers and netball players were conducted by Dr. Thanuki Idangodage and the Body Doc Fitness & Wellness Pavilion team.

The monthly cricket coaching camp by Hemantha Devapriya sponsored by Tokyo Cement was conducted for 40 cricketers and 7 coaches at the Sports Academy in Seenigama while the 11th North/ East Coaching Camp took place in Mullaitivu with 30 students attending despite heavy rains.

Special Needs Development
A large donation was made to the Ayati Project by donor Dr. Nagendran who also visited the Northern Province to meet with special needs educators and Zonal Directors.
 
Community Outreach Programmes
The Photography and Electrical Installation & Maintenance class students joined together to conduct a Dengue Prevention clean-up programme to build awareness among fellow villagers about combating dengue fever and preventing the spread of dengue mosquitos.
 
The Medical Centre Team conducted their monthly wellness check-ups at the Madampagama, Hikkaduwa and Wellawatte Elders’ Homes to make sure that the residents remain in good health.
 
Weekly beach cleaning programmes are conducted by various FoG sectors including the Diving & Training Centre as well as by our teaching and administrative staff in an effort to keep our coastlines clean and teach others of its importance as well.

16 Village Welfare projects (which are in addition to the monthly ongoing sector programmes) amounting to Rs. 190,377/-  (USD 1,100/-) divided among areas such as healthcare, education and general welfare were facilitated this month to uplift the living standards of rural villagers to ease their burden in addition to the ongoing campus style of operation in place with the help of our donors. 
 
The Foundation of Goodness is delighted to have 39 volunteers with us this month from Germany, USA, UK, Australia and Sri Lanka, all of whom are adding value to our work.

FoG's Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres in the North carry out a variety of programmes every month. For more of our activities in the North and East, please visit the North Journey So Far Update (Click for more).
 

 
Major Upcoming Events:

Numerous international teams are scheduled to visit the FoG Sports Academy over the last 2 months of the year for community aid sports tours.

ICE (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship) Workshops to take place in November.

Establishing the 11th and 12th Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres are in discussion over the next 3 months.

MCC Cricket & Golf Tour to take place during the upcoming England cricket series in Sri Lanka- November 2018.

Potential partnership with Sports Ledger Foundation.

Establishing a bat repair unit in partnership with Kingsgrove Sports - Sydney, Australia.

Benchmarking the Special Needs Classroom at Kanagapuram School- Kilinochchi.


'Apps for Good' Research & Development activities carried out by the Rural Action App Business Team.

Concept development underway to create a 'Good Life Institute' with the focus being "Better Than I Used To Be".

Potential collaborations with sports legends, organisations and entrepreneurs.

Muthiah Muralidaran Sports Memorabilia Museum to be established in Seenigama.


New and innovative enterprise avenues for sustainable income generation underway to attain proposed self-sustainability by the year 2020.

Foundation of Goodness' 20th-anniversary project plans under development for 2019.
 
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