A walk with a different flavour
By Bernie Wijesekera
The 125th anniversary of the Royal - Thomian cricket match, no doubt is one of the main events in the year 2004 sports calendar. Whenever these two schools confront in any discipline it generates tremendous excitement and enthusiasm.

The joint Walk between the two schools to be staged on February 21 is being powered by Caltex (Chevron Texaco) amid pomp and pageantry as part of the celebrations.

For the first time in the annals of RC-STC history students from both schools will take part. Old boys young and old, parents, teachers well wishes even in buggy carts will start off from the Royal junior school premises at 3.30 p.m. It's a walk to further cement the bridge of understanding among all races. "Via sports this could be achieved" said M. Balasubramaniam, Co-chairman, (STC) joint committee.

In the past political leaders from both schools with a concerted joint effort made a long walk for Freedom with other Freedom Fighters to rid the country of colonialism (independence) for one nation. Those great leaders drawn from Royal and S. Thomas' have left an indelible mark for others to emulate.

Mr. Kishu Gomes, the Marketing Director and CEO of Caltex, who chaired the confab with the Principal of Royal Mr. Upali Gunasekera said, they were proud to be the main sponsor for this traditional 125th anniversary walk with a different flavour.

Caltex is happy to be a partner and give much strength and make this Joint Walk one to be remembered. Caltex has close connections when it comes to promoting sports and social activities.

In the end a Carnival atmosphere will prevail at the Royal College Sports Complex with plenty of ‘kurumba’ water to quench their thirst, after a gruelling walk. Incidentally Caltex's parent company Chevron-Texaco will be celebrating their 125th anniversary too. The joint RC-STC walk will co-inside with their global celebrations.

Others who attended the briefing held at Taj Samudra were:- Rizan Nazeer, Chanaka de Silva, Vajira Abeysinghe (Sales and Marketing Caltex), Mr. H.D. Perera (Sub Warden STC) and Nalin Fernando.


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