Hand­i­capped sol­dier sets off from Don­dra to Point Pe­dro on wheel­chair

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The Sri Lanka Army’s top brass in­clud­ing its Com­man­der, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Ma­hesh Se­nanayaka were at Don­dra Point, the south­ern most tip of Sri Lanka, on Mon­day morn­ing to cheer on dis­abled war hero

Cor­po­ral P. K. G. G. Karunarathna who set off by wheel­chair to tra­verse the length of Sri Lanka t o m a rk the In­ter­na­tional Day of

Pe r s o n s w i t h

Dis­abil­i­ties.

Cor­pora l Karunarathna joined the Sri Lanka Army in Sep­tem­ber 2007 and served in the Ga­jaba Reg­i­ment. He was wounded dur­ing the gov­ern­ment forces hu­man­i­tar­ian op­er­a­tion in the last stages of the war, re­sult­ing in both legs be­ing am­pu­tated. He is now an in­mate of Abi­mansala III.

Cor­po­ral Karunarathna hopes to com­plete the gru­elling 581 kilo­me­tre stretch and reach Point Pe­dro on Tues­day (11).

Cor­po­ral Karunaratne's Itin­er­ary in­cludes Dec 3. Don­dra Point to Am­balan­goda ( 84 km), Dec 4 - Am­balan­goda to Rath­malana (73 km) , Dec 5 - Rath­malana to Gir­i­ulla ( 75 km) , Dec 6 - Gir­i­ulla to Aban­pola ( 78 km), Dec 7. - Aban­pola to Anu­rad­ha­pura ( 62 km), Dec 8. - Rest day, Dec 9. Anu­rad­ha­pura to Puliyanku­lam (75 km), Dec 10.- Puliyanku­lam to Iyakkachchi ( 75 km) and Dec 11 Iyakkachchi to Point Pe­dro ( 59 km).

Text by P.A. De Silva

Pix by Kr­is­han Jee­waka Ja­yaruk

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