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>> SLAFA Annual Year End Get-Together and Christmas Celebration Dinner Dance 2018 <<

The Annual year end get-together and Christmas Celebration Dinner Dance, organised by

the Sri Lanka Australia Friendship Association, will be held at the Italian Sports & Social Club

premises, Mararra on Saturday, the 24 th of November 2018 from 6.30pm onwards.

We have an exciting line up of entertainments planned for the night including Christmas

Carols, Sri Lankan dancing, live music and DJ, raffles with attractive prizes, fun games,

gifts for the kids by Santa and a Sri Lankan style buffet along with full bar facilities.


Tickets will be available for sale soon..



SLAFA Christmas Party 2017

Will be updated soon….

India – Sri Lanka friendly cricket and volleyball match

The Indian Cultural Society (ICS) has invited SLAFA for a friendly game of India – Sri Lanka cricket for men and netball for women on the 12th November. This is going to be a family event and BBQ will be provided by ICS (Hosted by Steve De Franz).If you want to brush up your skills or want to try out these games and interested in participating, please contact Kasun on for cricket and for netball email Ranajana on We trust all will come and participate or cheer our teams.

When: November 12th 2017
Where: Wulagi Oval
Time: 9am onwards

It’s was a fantastic Christmas Dinner Dance and we hope you all enjoyed the night.

Sri Lanka Australia Friendship Association of Darwin would like to thank our Sponsors for the Christmas Dinner Dance 2016
Galaxy Constructions Pty Ltd
Bridge Toyota Darwin
Bren Rodda – Loan Market
Charles Darwin University
About Homes NT
AJ Communications
Tiwi & Palmerston Medical Centre Dr Ben & Burny Dayarathne
Moil Medical Centre Dr Sirima & Don Dayarathne
Karama Medical Centre Dr Anuja & Nalin Kulathunga

Along with the sponsors we like to thank H Hotel, Free Spirit Resort, Lizzard Bar & Restaurant, The Meat House Berrimah, Rapid creek Indian Shop, Hanuman Restaurant for the gift vouchers
Big thank again to Hanuman Restaurant for the delicious dinner and Duminda Perera & Chami Jayasinghe for the unique dessert item which was a one of a kind.

We thank our Dance Teachers Chandrika Munasinghe, Sharmaine Fernando and Saranga Totawatte for the fantastice dance items and the dancers. We also thank Yashara De Silva for her Dance item.

Not to forget the Committee members who are the back bone of the association and for their hard work towards this event.

Thank you for all the members who helped us to make this event a successful one

Photos will be uploaded soon……

It was great to see a lot of young ones and new comers participating in the New Year games yesterday. A big “thank you” to the organizing committee led by Samitha, Vajira, Kasun, Manjula, Sudarshana, Jana, Aravinda and all the youngsters of the “Lions’ Cricket”.

We were lucky to have Venerable Koggala Gnanakiththi thero who performed the religious rituals and later anointed oil at the auspicious time.


SLAFA New Year Games and the Avurudu Feast will be held on the 16th of April 2016 at the Cyprus Community Grounds, Marrara.

Games are scheduled to start off with the Marathon at 8.00 am and there are many enterprising games for kids as well as adults lined up. The Avurudu Feast will be at 10.00 am with all the traditional sweets.

The New Year Dinner Dance will be held on the 23rd of April 2016 at the Cyprus Community Hall, Marrara from 6.30 pm.

A number of cultural items including dances, songs as well as raffle draws and a delicious meal from Hanuman Cafe are on offer.

Tickets are selling fast and won’t be available at the gate. Please reserve your tickets from the following committee members, Amma’s Café, Rapid Creek Indian shop, Covay Café or contact us via

Priya Wjeratne 0403590554

Kelum Priyadarshana 0411028048

Anoj Dharmawardhane 0448875587

Aravinda Senarath 0487189536

Gnano Kandiah 0429452978

Manjula Sirisena 0429831338

Dinesh Silva 0416552432

Gabriel Rockwood 0431719871

Mallika Rajaratnam 0889451371

New year poster. 2 docx

Please note that the SLAFA Christmas Dinner Dance is now being held at the Kalymnian Brotherhood Hall in Batten Road, Marrara – it’s about 100m from the Cypress Community Hall.

Parents, please remember to bring gifts for your children labelled appropriately (gifts should be valued under $10). Make sure they are available for Santa to distribute at 8.45 pm.

Please be on time as the evening will commence promptly at 7pm.

Tickets can be pre-purchased from the committee members and the Indian shop at the Rapid Creek markets.

Please note that there won’t be any tickets at the door.

The contact numbers for the committee are as follows;

Priya Wjeratne 0403590554

Kelum Priyadarshana 0411028048 or 89277998

Karunika Pemarathne 0450974729 or 89314432

Anoj Dharmawardhane 0448875587 or 88965161

 Aravinda Senarath 0487189536

 Gnano Kandiah 0429452978 or 89452975

 Manjula Sirisena 0429831338

Dinesh Silva 0416552432

Gabriel Rockwood 0431719871


2015 Christmas flyer

Father Herman Perera is conducting a Requiem Mass for the Faithful Departed this month.

Venue:   Holy Spirit Church, Casuarina

Date:    Sunday 8 November 2015

Time:   6.30 pm

Please spread the message to Catholic members of the Sri Lankan community. Please bring a list of all the names of deceased ones with the mass stipend. All are welcome!

Further information please contact Fr Herman Perera
Tel.   0499452736

A Speech By His Honour the Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory

On the Occasion of the Sri Lankan New Year Celebration Dinner and Dance, Cyprus Community Hall, Darwin

Saturday 18 April 2015

Good evening everyone, and thank you for warmly welcoming Marie and me to your special event this evening.
Before tonight, we had seen photos from your previous New Year celebrations and were impressed by the vibrant colour of the traditional dress of your dancers. To see this brought to life in the first dance tonight is a lot of fun, and we look forward to the rest of the performances.

I understand that the Sri Lanka Australia Friendship Association was started over three decades ago as a way of providing a friendly network for new arrivals to Darwin, and to build links between Sri Lankans and locals. Back then, this was a fairly small group of only a few families. Looking around the room tonight, we can all see that these links have clearly expanded and strengthened in that time.

Just over four decades ago Marie and I were also newcomers to Darwin. We moved here from Broken Hill in New South Wales with our four children, and we added a fifth to our family a couple of years later. Like most who find themselves relocating somewhere new, we were keen to meet people and to make social connections. We joined clubs and got involved in our children’s school. And we enjoyed the opportunities that this provided to make long lasting friendships.

The different events that your Association organizes each year sound like a great way to do just that. And at the same time you are also celebrating the Sri Lankan culture, which is so rich and diverse in its fine arts, music, cuisine and sport.

I don’t want to delay you from the dancing and delicious food, but before I finish I want to share a snippet from a book titled Links Between Australia & Sri Lanka. In 1988 the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia, Wickrema Weerasooria, wrote this book as a social history of Sri Lankans who had migrated to Australia. He gathered stories from people he met during his time as High Commissioner, and collected information through methods such as a questionnaire that he distributed through Sri Lankan clubs and associations around the country.

One person whom he met during his travels around Australia was Upali Ranasinghe, your Association’s President from 1985 to 1990. Mr Ranasinghe was incredibly active in the community. Amongst other things, he was an inaugural member of the Multilingual Broadcasting Association of the NT, honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in the Northern Territory, and he was instrumental in the establishment of The International Buddhist Centre here in Darwin.

In his book, Mr Weerasooria quotes an extract from Mr Ranasinghe’s account of life in the Territory. It states:
“The casual lifestyle is the keynote of the Top End and especially Darwin. A pool or spa is not considered a luxury. It is a focus for entertaining friends at a backyard barbeque, and relaxation for the family. Sri Lankan migrants who packed two or three suits and several dozen ties when they left Sri Lanka, now find that they have to spend a small fortune in moth balls to preserve the attire that is never worn in the Territory.”

This is an observation that no doubt still rings true for newcomers to the Territory today.
Thank you once again for welcoming Marie and me tonight, and congratulations on organizing such a fun-filled evening.
Thank you.

Sri Lankan Catholics in Darwin can now celebrate the Holy Eucharist in the Sinhala language once a month at the Holy Spirit Church, Casuarina.

Rev Fr Herman Perera from Sri Lanka has been appointed to serve in the Northern Territory for a period of three years. The Mass is scheduled for the last Sunday of every month at 6:15pm.

Please bring a plate to share.

All are invited for this service.

Dear members,

It’s Annual General Meeting time again. It’s time to get together and select a new committee to run the Northern Territory SLAFA for the next term! Thanks for all the support and encouragement you have given us and we trust that you will give the same support to the new committee.

When: Saturday 19 September 2015
Where: Waratahs Cricket Club, Gardens Oval
Time: 6.30pm to 11pm
Full bar facilities will be available
Catering theme: Bring a plate (see below)

IMPORTANT: We call for expressions of interest and nominations for all of the positions:

Vice President
Public Officer
Social Secretary
Committee members (3 or more)

There are so many new comers and I think it’s your turn to run the SLAFA office. Please put your hands up and join the committee. It’s fun and rewarding and most of all you will make loads of new friends and acquaintances.

Please email your interest/nomination to SLAFA email

Please bring anything from the following:

Yellow Rice / White Rice
Chicken Curry
Beef Curry
Fried Potato
Pol Sambal
Ice Cream / Cones

Please email and let us know what you would like to bring and the quantity at

Thank you,

Shanthi Anandarajah
SLAFA Secretary