British and Sri Lankan musicians will join a whole host of people at a Sri Lankan Cavaliers Dinner held in the hallowed Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Grounds, in conjunction with the Maryleborne Cricket Club (MCC) in St.John’s Wood, London, UK on Saturday 29th October 2005. The fundraising event is in aid of the Cavaliers Tsunami Fund.The Sri Lankan Cavaliers is a distinguished private club and charity founded
by business tycoon Lakhi Liyanage. When the Sri Lankan cricket team led by
Arjuna Ranatunga won the Wills World Cup in 1996 – defeating Australia in the
finals – they subsequently toured England as the Sri Lankan Cavaliers. This
private tour was covered by the world’s press.
The Sri Lankan Cavaliers plan to build houses to aid the tsunami victims on the
island. The Governor of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, Kingsley
Wickramaratne is flying in from Colombo to attend the function at Lord’s. The
Southern Province was devastated by te tsunami of 26th December 2004. Governor
Wickramaratne will also be meeting the British media to update them on the post
tsunami work being carried out on the island.
Lord’s was established in 1787 by Thomas Lord, a keen cricketer and a skilled
businessman – he was also a shrewd property developer. This is a historic moment
as this is the first time that a Cavaliers event has been organized in the Long
Room, a place full of history – the Museum at Lord’s covers over 400 years of
cricketing history – in a world that includes some of the greatest names in
cricket – from W.G.Grace to Michael Vaughan and the England team who recently
reclaimed The Ashes in a thrilling series against Australia.
When you enter the Long Room, you are treading in the footsteps of Don Bradman,
W.G.Grace, Gary Sobers, Ian Botham, Shane Warne, Sachin Tendulkar, Imran Khan,
Brian Lara, Arjuna Ranatunga,Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan and
Aravinda De Silva – who have all been at Lord’s, the home of the MCC, the
guardian of the laws of this game called cricket.
Cricket has always been a ‘ unifying force ‘ – it binds people together – even
in a time of crisis and it was so good to see two of the greatest bowlers on
earth, Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne standing side by side to help
tsunami victims. The world’s top cricketers have also played in charity matches
from London to Melbourne in order to help the areas devastated by the tsunami.
One of Sri Lanka’s greatest singer/songwriters, Mr. Nimal Mendis launches a very
special CD of songs in aid of the Sri Lankan Cavaliers Tsunami Fund, the CDs
will be on sale at the dinner. Mr. Mendis will be present at the dinner at
Lord’s Cricket Grounds in London, UK. The organizers are also planning to
feature his ‘tsunami song’ written in aid of the victims. This will also be a
‘first’ at Lord’s.
The CD will be available to music lovers all over the world. To order the Nimal
Mendis CD in aid of the Sri Lankan Cavaliers Tsunami Fund access the website: