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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

50th Anniversary Reunion 2012 - Update

Hello Everyone,
I am pleased to send you this update with more details about the upcoming 50th Anniversary Reunion of our batch.
The Organising Committee met on Wednesday February 22nd and made the following decisions:

Dates: Reconfirmed as August 31, September 1 and 2.

Venue: Hotel Chaaya Tranz (former Coral Gardens now refurbished) in Hikkaduwa.
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Hotel Rates:
Rs 17000 nett per day full board (double superior room)
Rs 14750 nett per day full board (single superior room)
Two individuals/singles wishing to share a double room may benefit by paying the double room charge of Rs 17000, as opposed to two singles.

Those who wish to attend should confirm attendance by sending me an e-mail as early as possible, but not later than May 31, 2012. Please also indicate whether you would be accompanied by your spouse/family member/other. You are welcome to request more than one room provided the applicable rate for the extra room is paid.

By the May 31st deadline, we will know the total number attending and will then make the necessary reservations at Chaaya Tranz (you won't have to worry about hotel reservations). Each attendee will have to settle the hotel bill when they check out on Sept 2nd.
Other charges
It is to be noted that the above rates are for room charges and full board from lunch on Friday Aug 1st to breakfast on Sunday Sept 2nd (two days room occupancy). Apart from that, every overseas attendee is expected to pay US $ 70 each. For local attendees, this charge would be Rs 7,000 each. This amount has to be deposited in advance in a special bank account, details of which are as follows:

Bank Name - Nations Trust Bank Plc
Bank Address - No 242 Union Place, Colombo 02, Tel. 2313206
Account No - 006108004340
Currency - LKR
Branch Code - 006
Swift Code - NTBCLKLX
Bank Code - 7162
Remittance in Favour of - Dr. Swyrie Balendra
Remitter's address - No 47/1, Ward Place, Colombo 07

This extra payment is to meet the cost of transport, wine, beer, corkage, soft drinks, chasers, music, photographers, tips etc. This arrangement will ensure that no participant/attendee will have to spend on anything other than personal items such as laundry phone calls etc. during the entire Reunion.

Hard Liquor
Cost of hard liquor is not covered by the extra charge of US $ 70 / Rs 7000. Therefore, voluntary donations of a bottle or more of any of the following would be much appreciated.

Scotch Whiskey (JW Black Label), Gordon’s Dry Gin, Absolut Vodka, Bacardi Rum (white or dark).
Participants will meet at a spot in Colombo early in the morning on Friday August 31st to leave by coach for Hikkaduwa (exact time and meeting place will be notified later). Donations of hard liquor would be collected as the participants enter the coach after loading their baggage.

Anyone who wishes to come to Chaaya Tranz using their own transport will be free to do so. They should inform the orgnisers in advance.

Academic Program
An academic program in the form of a medical seminar is scheduled for Saturday Sept 1. Any volunteers who wish to make presentations (on any medical topic of your choice) should notify the organisers before a date to be specified later. They will be provided wth details later.

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If you have questions, please feel free to write to me.

Best regards.


Lakshman Abeyagunawardene
Secretary, Organising Committee

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