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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2760

New York students donate toys to children at Maharagama Cancer Hospital

Colombo, 09 March, (Asiantribune.com): A group of American elementary school students, ages 11 to 14, at the St. Joseph Hill Academy on Staten Island in New York City dedicated a major annual social event – the Halloween school dance – to the cause, and in partnership with the North American Women’s Association and today children at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital now have more toys to play with and books to read while they await treatment.

Entitled "St. Joseph Hill Academy Haunts for a Cause," the event, an example of the local community action and volunteerism common in American society, but not well known outside of it, was organized by the school’s Parents’ Association under the direction of Mrs.Teresa Intravaia, Mrs. Jodi Klein and Mrs. Joanne Frawley and with the support of the school’s Principal, Mary Jane Truckenbrodt.
This project was a true bi-national partnership directly between the people of Sri Lanka and the U.S. Shipment of the toys and books was arranged at the New York end by Dr. & Mrs. Miran Salgado, whose daughter, Sonali, attends the school. Mr. Jay Liyanage, Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka, made arrangements for its clearance by Sri Lankan Customs.

The presentation of the toys and books to the children at Maharagama was made on February 26 by The North American Women’s Association (NAWA) at the request of Mrs. Theresa Liyanage, one of its members.

NAWA and the children and parents of St. Joseph Hill Academy hope this modest gift will bring some joy into the lives of the children of the Maharagama Cancer Hospital.

-Asian Tribune -

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