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HARTLEY COLLEGE PPA TRUST Shan Shanmuganathan Chairman Hartley College PPA Trust


September 7, 2008

The President and Members of the Hartley College PPA- NSW Branch

It gives me great pleasure to forward this message for the Souvenir published on the occasion of the AGM/Annual Dinner scheduled for the 27th of September 2008.

The NSW branch has always played an active role, in supporting the redevelopment activities at the school, in addition to setting up and supporting the activities of the Hartley College PPA Trust. As done in the past this year too, the Branch collected and remitted funds for the set up of a water tank, however we have not disbursed the funds yet, since there is a possibility of obtaining funds for the same project from Government or an NGO, in which event funds would be used for another purpose with the consent of the NSW Branch.

As for news about school, it is not a surprise that, over the past 18 months we were forced to shelve some of the major development plans the Trust undertook recently with the assistance of the global branches and some INGO’s given the ground situation in the North and East. However we are pleased to report that the school is in the process of obtaining the initial grant from the government to start building the much awaited college Auditorium at the land purchased by the Trust, from funds sent by Global branches including the NSW Branch. We believe by end of 2009, the initial stage of the building should be in place. The other good news from the school is that despite the ground situation, the school delivered better than previous year’s results in the GCE AL and OL exam and has also begun to demonstrate capabilities in sports, music and quiz related activities both in the regional as well as National level.

On behalf of the Trustees I wish the event a great success.

Shan Shanmuganathan Chairman Hartley College PPA Trust Colombo, Sri Lanka

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