FOUNDER OF FRIENDS
Mr. Gerard Palitha Gnasekera , A former youth work secretary of the Colombo YMCA as well as a prominent leader, is the fonder, of FRIENDS.
“FRIENDS” has a dynamic set of leaders who are based in Sri Lanka and abroad. The first overseas branch of “FRIENDS: was formed in Sydney, Australia in the year 2002.
FOUNDER PATRONS OF “FRIENDS”
- REV. FR. PADMA BHARATHI
- MR. ALAGAN KADIRGAMAR- Former General Secretary of the Colombo YMCA.
- MR. HARRIS MANIKKAM- Former Deputy General Secretary Of the Colombo YMCA.
- LATE MR.UPALI SAHABANDU- Former Director of the YMCA, Prominent Sportsman, Prominent Conductor of Youth Camps & Leadership Seminars (While serving Special Task Force of the Sri Lanka Police, he laid his life for his motherland while traveling to attend an opening ceremony of a YMCA Youth Camp).
- MR. JANAKA BOTEJE- Managing Director of Bernard’s Group of Companies and Sentrino Pte Ltd.
- MR. BASIL DE SILVA- Former Deputy General Secretary of Colombo YMCA.
- MR. CHANAKA DE SILVA- Attorney at Law