The party was organised in collaboration with Hope for Children – a UK-based charity working on behalf of orphaned, poor and exploited children – to mark International Children’s Day.
The afternoon provided a variety of activities for the children, including bouncy castles, pony rides, a magic show, a balloon man, a tug of war and face painting. Other treats for the children included ice cream and sweet delights. Each child also received gift packs including school bags, t-shirts, caps, toys, sweets and other goods.
Commenting on the event, John Rankin said, “It is a pleasure to watch the Westminster House garden come alive with the children’s laughter and delight. Hope for Children are doing a wonderful job in helping children in need to enjoy a normal childhood and we at the British High Commission are only too happy to assist them in their efforts. I congratulate them on their good work and wish them every success, always.”
He added, “I’d also like to thank our sponsors: AIA Insurance Lanka, Standard Chartered Bank, Nestlé Lanka Ltd, Stassen Exports Ltd, Maliban Biscuit Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd., Ceylon Biscuits, Reckitt Benckiser Group, Hayleys and Dilmah . Their contributions of food, toys, schoolbags, t-shirts and other gifts made this day very special for the children.”
Sanjeewa De Mel and other officials from the HOPE for Children Office were also present on this occasion.