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Magic and One Trust Sri Lanka in outreach projects thro’ Galle Lit. Festival

The HSBC Galle Literary Festival would be taking a fresh direction this year with the extension of its outreach programme to Jaffna with the support of Magic, Sri Lanka’s No 1 Ice Cream brand and ‘One Trust Sri Lanka’ the philanthropic arm of Cargills (Ceylon) PLC, member of CT Holdings Group.

Jeeva Ragunath Robert Crowther

The festival organizers have received the volunteer participation of two international authors who would be the resource persons for these two events which would be held in Galle and Jaffna. Ms. Amrita Pieris, Festival Director said, “This year we have Robert Crowther and Jeeva Raghunath attending the festival and they have kindly come forward to support the two free events that would target students and teachers from schools in Jaffna and Galle.”

175 children from schools within the Galle Fort and 150 children and 100 teachers from Jaffna have been selected by their respective schools to attend these programmes. The Galle programme is to be held on 18 January while the Jaffna programmes would take place on 23 and 24 January, according to a Cargills press release.

Ms Saluka Kotagama, who coordinates the Children’s Programme for the Festival, noted that special care has been taken to ensure teachers who attend the events utilize their knowledge to empower their students.

Robert Crowther is a world renowned children’s author acclaimed for his pop-up books which are adventures of creative expression. Jeeva Ragunath started telling stories when she was five and has been evolving her story world ever since. She is a bilingual (English and Tamil) storyteller.

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