The National Organization of Green Cross Sri Lanka was able to bring its tenth year of operation to a close with a commemorative ceremony at the National Youth Services Centre, Maharagama, alongside the Annual Award Ceremony for an environmentally-themed diary competition among the students of selected schools in Colombo, Gampaha and Kaluthara districts.
The Ceremonies, held on 25 November 2014, were attended by Prime Minister of Sri Lanka D.M. Jayaratne, alongside Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, and Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Education.
A 16-person delegation of Green Cross Japan representatives, and Japanese environmentalists and educators, were also invited to take part. It was Green Cross Japan that had first started the “Green Lane Diary Competition”, and has been a key supporter of its adoption in Sri Lanka.
The distinguished guests presented awards to the top diary contributors, including environment badges, certificates, mementos, gifts, and tickets for the highest prize winners to visit Japan and their fellow diary-writers there.
Green Cross Sri Lanka has always put special emphasis on support directed at the country’s school children, and following the awards presentation past students who had won previous trips to Japan from 2005 up to 2013 presented a dance item.
Since 2011, Mitsubishi Corporation has sponsored the diary programme in Sri Lanka, and Mitsubishi’s General Manager of the Colombo Branch, Naoto Honda, was present along with his staff members Devkumar Fernando and Ayomi Warnakulasuriya.
Green Cross Japan was represented by Shoo Iwasaki, Board Member of Green Cross International and founding President of Green Cross Japan, as well as Tsunehiko Kawamoto, Assistant to the President. The rest of the delegation of Japanese educators and environmentalists included:
- Mr. Ryuji Kuwahara
- Ms. Kawmoto Michiyo
- Ms. Akimato Yoshie
- Ms. Maeda Atsuko
- Ms. Kimoto Kimiko
- Mr. Makimura Ryuichiro
- Ms. Ito Mieko
- Ms. Shinguriyo Ryoko
- Ms. Sakai Nozomi
- Ms. Sakai Chihoko
- Ms. Toyono Yasuko
- Mr. Ejima Takahisa
- Ms. Ejima Yoko
- Ms. Adachi Akemi
- Ms. Okino Masuko
- Ms. Tada Akemi
They were welcomed by Dr. Jagath Seneviratne, President of Green Cross Sri Lanka and Lecturer at the Japanese Language centre, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.