Having returned back to UK I would like to write a few words about our wonderful get together.
It was wonderful to see old friends and catch up with them. My grateful thanks go to Faizal for his wonderful performance in providing lovely music for us to dance and have a good time and also to all our friends in SL, Australia, Canada New Zealand US and UK for all their efforts in making this a success. We are very grateful to Sam for his web and his efforts in organising Eden Hotel. His web has enabled us to communicate with friends living far and wide. Our sincere thanks go to to Annesley too, whose book helped us to collect money for Rodrigo ( Accounts later ).After the RU 12 of us went to Paiskuda and had a great time. Ranjit returned home a few days later on the 13th as he had to report back to work but I stayed in SL till the 20th as I wanted to go with Rani and her friends to Wilpattu. This was wonderful as we saw many animals and huge herds of elephants in Kaudulla.
On the night of the Dinner dance I circulated a piece of paper giving the exact accounts but unfortunately I did not get this back. So from memory I am writing down the expenses.
From the last RU Lucky and RA had a balance of RS 63000 and this was handed over . From this RS 60,000 was given to Sam to pay 30000 for the DJ ( 15000 per night ) and 30000 for the maintenance of the Blog. The balance RS 3000 was put in to the pool for Rodrigo.
Annesleys book and contribution to the Blog brought in RS 109000. Thank you all for your generosity as I never envisaged collecting this amount of money. To this was added the balance 3000 handed over from the last RU making a total of RS 112000.
I was informed by the Hotel, on the day of departure that RS 10000 had to be paid for the use of two microphones by Dharma. So Rs 10,000 was paid for this bringing the total amount to RS 102 000. This amount was given to Lucky to be handed over to Rodrigo’s wife.
As I mentioned earlier I did not get back the paper I circulated at the RU with the exact accounts so I am writing these from memory.
Thank you everyone for your participation and and your generosity.
Some of you have mentioned that we should have a RU next year to celebrate 50 years since graduation, so please keep the fist weekend of next year free for another good reunion. Hope all of you would join. The venue can be decided later but please keep the weekend free.