On 14th June 2017 Mr Sirisena Gamage, chairman of UKFG ceremoniously handed over the much needed photo copy / printer to Mr Epitakatuwana, Principal of the Sapugoda Ratanapala School The machine which was worth 165,000 rupees was a generous gift bythe former Chairman of Johnson Matthey (LONDON), Mr Neil carson his wife Mrs Helen Carson, and their daughter Hannah. Hannah had spent a very happy week at the school as a part of her gap year in February 2017 and won the hearts of all the children
In his address to the assembled 450 children and teachers, the Principal expressed his utmost gratitude to the Carson family. He explained that his school had a great difficulty at exam times every year because they had to pay outside shops to get all the question papers ,school letters and leaflets printed. . In a few occasions. they could not conduct the term tests due to the high cost of printing . He said that the gift of Photocopier was a God Send to the school.
Mr Gamage gave away prizes to top 3 children in every class and also presented the children who had been badly affected by the recent Flood with books and clothes. . All the presents were paid for by the Carson family
The principal explained that the most wonderful gift Mr and Mrs Carson had given to the school was the Neil Carson Library that was donated in 2012 . The Principal further said that the Carson library with all the new text books was the secret of the school children’s success at Grade 5 and O level exams . He asked Mr Gamage to convey to Neil their cordial invitation to visit the school one day .
At the end of the ceremony, all children were given an ice cream treat paid for by the Carsons
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