A worthy cause by the RCU, going beyond the boundaries

Royal College Union (RCU) the old-boys’ arm of the Royal College was started on 17 January 1891 It has no doubt weathered many storms from the Victorian times up to now and evolved into a modern alumni association fully aware and sensitive to the ground situation of the country and the needs of the present student population of Royal College. The student population of the College has now evolved as a microcosm of the Sri Lankan population, with children from all races, religions, all walks of life rubbing shoulders with each other.


This composition, while being a good fermenting process to mould children to face the future Sri Lankan and world society, has its own problems that our forefathers who brought forth the union in 1891 did not have or even could imagined. However, we have not only successfully faced them but also conquered them to assist our Alma Mater, to continue to be the top most primary and secondary education institution in the country.

It is also important to note that the RCU, its affiliates and member groups spend approximately 30 million rupees (SLR) annually towards co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports, skills development, scholarship awarding, student welfare, teachers welfare and other activities of our alma-mater. In addition the RCU has over the years built and donated many infrastructure facilities valued over approximately 400 million rupees (SLR), such as the RC Sports Complex, Swimming pool, new Hostel building, Skills Development, Career guidance and counselling centre and JRJ Pavilion amongst many others.

As a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative the RCU organizes the annual EDEX exhibition (Sri Lanka’s largest Higher Education and Careers exhibition) which also makes the single most significant financial contribution to the RCU trust.

The Unionlooks after the requirements of needy and academically, aesthetically or athletically capable students via the Loyalty Pledge scheme. Funds are obtained from generous old boys and well-wishers who voluntarily donate money to the scheme periodically – monthly, quarterly, yearly, etc. and scholarships are awarded to the needy students.


Going beyond on the CSR root to celebrate it’s Quasquicentennial year on the 6th of October, members ofthe RCU (by partnering with “Trail 2016”)will be walking from Northern Point Pedro to Southern Dondra Head for 28 days, with the aim of raising USD 5 million, in order to build a cancer treatment facility, as part of an extension of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle.

Established in 1982, the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital is the 3rd largest national hospital in the country and the most accessed healthcare centre in the Southern part of Sri Lanka. In 2015, the hospital recorded its highest number of cancer related deaths and national incidence is on the rise. In addition, it has seen a dramatic influx of patients traveling from surrounding provinces seeking treatment. The hospital is understaffed and over capacity – it is in dire need of an expansion.

The facility will be named as “Royal College Union – Childrens’ ward”.

The– Trail 2016 is the ‘Walk Back’ post the success of Trail 2011 brought to light the powerful impact created when individuals across the country were united in building Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital in Jaffna.

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A CSR project as part of its quasquicentennial celebrations by the Royal College Union

As a key activity in line with the Quasquicentennial celebrations, Royal College Union has launched a major CSR project by partnering with “Trail 2016” (see to raise funds to establish the Chilrdren’s Ward at the proposed new Cancer hospital at Karapitiya, Galle. The above photo shows the historic moment where RCU agreed to join hands with “Trail – The walk against cancer” CSR project, to fulfill this dire need of the society


Standing From the left of the photo:

from “Trail”: Mr.VipulanRavindranathan, Mr.Nathan Sivagananathan and Mr.SarindaUnamboowe.


from RCU: Mr. Athula Munasinghe-Secretary RCU, Mr.Mahen Perera-Chairman of 125th Anniversary celebrations organizing committee, Mr.Mithila Mendis- Assistant Secretary RCU & Mr.Manju Ariyaratne – Past Secretary


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Commander of the SL Army felicitated at Royal

Newly appointed Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, Lieutenant General A W J C De Silva was welcomed to Royal College on September 29th in felicitation of his achievements and as Chief Guest to the Prefects’ Induction Ceremony.
The Lieutenant General was accompanied to the Junior Grounds to receive Guard of Honour after paying due respect at the College War Memorial. He was then accompanied to the junior grounds to witness the Guard of Honour carried out by the College Cadets in lieu of the occasion.
Appointed as the 21st Commander of the Sri Lanka Army in February this year, he received his education at Royal College. He spoke of his humble beginnings at Royal College as the foundation for his achievements. His presence at the Prefects’ Injunction inspired the students who took oaths as Junior Prefects, to give 100% commitment in everything they do, may it be academics or extracurricular activities honouring the title of their badge.
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The Quasquicentennial celebrations of the Royal College Union (RCU)

The Quasquicentennial celebrations of the Royal College Union fell on the 17th of January 2016. To commemorate this landmark year, several events have been scheduled, celebrating all that is wonderful about Royal College and the RCU.

The first such event was the formal black-tie dinner held on the 17th of January 2016 at the Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand hotel, where the school, the Union, its history and heritage were toasted and recounted.

This formal dinner was exclusively for Old Royalists and their spouses/partners.

The evening commenced with pre-dinner cocktails at the Atrium lobby. Members of the Royal College Choir were in attendance and kept the guests entertained.

Four Hundred and Fifty Royalists and their spouses/partners graced this special event.

The Royal College Eastern Band ushered in the Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe – Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in to the Oak Room, rest of the distinguished guests followed closely behind.

Formal proceedings commenced at 8.30 p.m. with the singing of the National Anthem and the College song. Music was provided by the Sri Lanka Navy band.

Mr. Mahen Perera – Chairman, RCU 125th Anniversary Celebrations Committee, delivered the toast to H.E. the President of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Ranil De Silva – Chairman of the RCU formal dinner Committee, proposed the toast to Absent Friends.

Thereafter, Mr. Ken Balendra took to the podium to introduce Mr. Eustace Lorenz Pereira, a highly accomplished and distinguished Old Boy of Royal College.

Mr. Lorenz Pereira proposed the toast to Royal College and the Principal of Royal College responded to it.

Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe – Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, proposed the toast to the RCU and Mr. Athula Munasinghe – Secretary of the RCU, responded duly.

Mr. Sarinda Unamboowe delivered the ‘after-dinner’ speech

All guests were treated to a six-course gourmet dinner along with Red & White wines and Champagne

The Formal dinner proceedings concluded at 11.00 p.m. and thereafter, guests moved over to the ‘Sequel’ for the after-party.


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Garlands of gratitude by RCG ’96

A fond gathering of students andteachers took place at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institutein October 2015.

RC group of ’96 invited 160 teachers, those who were in the college from the year 1983 – 1996,to enjoy an evening of reminiscing and merriment.

Principal Upali Gunasekara, former principals B Sooriyaarachchi and S. Kumarasinghe were among the invitees to the gathering.

It was a wonderful experience. I met my grade 1 class teacher after 33 years of first meeting her at Royal,’ said AmindaSamarawickrama President of RCG ‘96.

He further said that the teachers were very happy and proud to be with their students and shared many memories of their time at college.

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An international Rugby experience for fans at Bradby Fiesta 2016

As the ‘Lions’ clash with the ‘Elephants’ in their own backyard at the first leg of the 72nd Bradby Shield , the Royal College Union (RCU) has worked tirelessly to ensure that the 3rd annual Bradby Fiesta scheduled to be held on 30 April 2016 will be nothing short of spectacular.

Quote : Chairman of the Bradby Fiesta Committee Rizan Nazeer

As the Royal College Union celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, The Bradby Fiesta is scaling up to reach even greater heights than the last two events. This year’s fiesta will see an inclusion of an exclusive Rugby zone with exciting Rugby games courtesy of HSBC. Furthermore, former Wallaby Captain and HSBC Rugby Ambassador George Gregan will meet and greet Rugby fans young and old at the HSBC Rugby zone. This will be first time Sri Lanka will witness a world class Rugby zone and Rugby legend in one location. All this is made possible by HSBC, the main sponsor of the Fiesta for the 3rd consecutive year.

Tharanga Gunasekera – Head of Marketing and Communications for HSBC Sri Lanka, commenting said, “Rugby is one of the popular sports supported by HSBC globally and we are delighted to leverage on our global Rugby footprint as an international bank to introduce a world class Rugby experience to fans here in Sri Lanka. The Rugby zone is one that will be very similar for instance to that at the HSBC / Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sevens tournament and other global Rugby tournaments experienced by ardent fans. We are also happy to present our Rugby Ambassador and former WallabyCaptain – George Gregan here in Sri Lanka. This is undoubtedly going to be a treat for all Rugby fans young and old at the 3rdBradby Fiesta that HSBC will support as its main sponsor for the 3rd consecutive year.”

Bradby Fiesta 2016 will be partnered by Softlogic Holdings PLC for the first time.
Softlogic would bring in a diverse flavour to this exciting event by showcasing its impressive line up of Consumer Electronics from state of the art LED TVs, home theater systems to mobile handsets, laptops and kitchen appliances. The stall will no doubt add color to the day’s festivities. Ford, the iconic US automobile brand would be present showcasing its line up of sought after vehicles from the Ford Everest to the Focus.

A special game zone for kids will be set up by Milo for the young ones to enjoy throughout the day.

The fiesta will kick off at 10.00 am and go on until 12.00 mid night at the Bloomfield Grounds in Colombo. Trinity supporters who arrive in Colombo via train, will be received by Royal supporters and the ensuing comradeship and festive atmosphere will be sure to kick start the Bradby Fiesta in its true spirit. A number of five-star restaurants will be ready to dish out great food and beverages in true hawker street style, while Sri Lanka’s best known musicians; Black, Misty, Bathiya & Santhush, Sunil Perera, Corinne Almeida and Manilal will set the stage for an electrifying evening of non stop live music. Adding to the entertainment will be DJ music, The Royal College drum fusion and the students’ band who will also provide entertainment in addition to the various fun carnival rides.

The Bradby Shield encounter will be telecast live on LED screens at Bloomfield so that fans at the fiesta can join in the fun and cheer on their favorite team if one is unable to secure a ticket to enter the Royal College sports complex.

Furthermore, all HSBC credit cardholders will be allowed free entrance to the Bradby fiesta. Other partners of Bradby Fiesta 2016 include Nestlé, CEAT, Elephant House Ice Cream and My Cola.

All Rugby lovers young and old are invited to witness undoubtedly the biggest ever rugby extravaganza in Sri Lanka.

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