COLOMBO : President Ranil Wickremesinghe acknowledged the support given by the International Lions Club to uplift the skills of the youth in Sri Lanka. He welcomed the Lions Club assistance in establishing the Vocational Training Centre in Biyagama, which would help realize the President’s vision in making Sri Lanka a developed country by 2048 with the contribution of the youth to create a new economy for the future by utilizing their creative skills.
This was revealed at a discussion held between President Ranil Wickremesinghe and International President of the Lions Club International Lion Brian Edward Sheehan today (09) at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo.
President Wickremesinghe also expressed his gratitude for the Drug Prevention Programme which has been organized by the Lions Club with the participation of the youth to prevent the use of illegal drugs and reduce harmful use of alcohol among the youth.
Appreciating the President’s support towards the Lions Club’s activities in Sri Lanka, Lion Brian Sheehan thanked the President for his invaluable support for the forum, which will be held on December 11, to recruit 6,500 members to the Leo Club from Sri Lanka.
Considering the ‘Leos’ are young people who realize the power of action, President Wickremesinghe believes this forum is a suitable opportunity to harness the skills of the youth.
The President invited the Past International President of the Lions Club Lion Mahendra Amarasuriya to join the National Food Security Programme to ensure the country’s food security and to contribute towards the country’s development.
President Wickremesinghe, who is a member of the Lions Club for 33 years, received a memento from Lion Brian Edward Sheehan.
Lion Lori Marie Sheehan, Lion Mahendra Amarasuriya, Lion Mahesh Pasqual, Lion Sunil Watawala, Lion Anura Wickramanayaka and Lion Lasantha Goonawardena were also present at this occasion.