Teenager gets more than a little help from friends
firstname.lastname@example.org A charitable teenager and his friends raised £145 for charity by selling items to fellow pupils at Ashford’s Norton Knatchbull School.
Deshan Hewavidana, 18, of Park Farm, and friends sold the T-shirts and cakes made by librarian Jane Knott during one lunchtime.
The money will go to the UK Friends of Galle charity (UKFG), which was founded by his father Devsiri, to help the people of Sri Lanka after the devastating tsunami in 2004.
Deshan, a Year 13 pupil, said: “I must give special thanks to the school and in particular the school librarian Mrs Jane Knott who has given me such a great platform to build on the charity’s success.
“Although this appears to be a small sum in the UK, it will make a whole lot of difference to children in Galle. Last summer, with the £900 plus my friends and I raised by selling T-shirts at my school and at Highworth, I bought computers and books for six rural schools.
“I cannot describe the happiness I saw in poor children’s eyes when we visited each school with my family to donate the equipment.”
His proud father Devsiri said: “This year Deshan is going to buy shoes for children at Ullala school in Matara in Sri Lanka whose parents cannot afford to buy them.
“So far UKFG has raised £110,000, given 230 scholarships, built eight tsunami houses, donated six new school libraries, donated thousands of books to schools, bought 17 PCs, given away 2,500 new pairs of shoes and a huge amount of stationery in southern Sri Lanka.”
Until July 17, the Ashford Volunteer Centre in Park Mall (opposite the Poundstretcher shop) is acting as a collection point for pens, pencils, pencil cases, novelty rulers and scientific calculators (but not books) which the Hewavidana family will take to Sri Lanka.
Anyone who can donate an old laptop, wants to sponsor a child for £90 a year or buy some shoes for a class can email Mr Hewavidana at email@example.com
For more information go to www.ukfgsrilanka.com
Ben Walker, Mike Grela, Deshan Hewavidana (UKFG Children’s Chairman), Callum Tyndall, Lewis Singleton, Sean Grobler , Sam Latter and Mark Cox-Smith