Sri Lankan national players and the Sri Lanka cricket staff visited the victims of the Meethotamulla disaster to convey their condolences at Terrance De Silva Vidyalaya in Kolonnawa on the 19th of April 2017. Over 30 lives were lost and hundreds of families were displaced due to the garbage dump collapse on New Year’s day.
Namely, Niroshan Dikwella, Sachith Pathirana, Thisara Perera, Dilshan Munaweera and veteran spinner Rangana Herath participated in the emotional visit. They had quality time with the displaced victims, especially the little children who enjoyed the presence of their heroes.
The players donated 4 ‘Entertainment Centres’ with TV connections to the relief camp.
As soon as the country heard of the unfortunate tragedy, almost every citizen provided a helping hand to share the pain with the displaced.
“Every man, woman and child here supports us in every game we play. Every flag you wave, every Sri Lanka T’shirt you wear gives us the strength and support to do our best for our country – so you are the reason we are who we are. We want you to know that we are with you. Your pain is our pain, and just as you support us, we too support you,” said Rangana Herath.
“Cheer your favourite team on watching a cricket match, take a break with a soap opera or a movie, or give the little ones a chance to forget the scariness of the big, big world by watching a few cartoons – we just want you to have an opportunity to forget even for a few minutes the hardships of life,” he added. (Sri Lanka Cricket)
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