Golf day honours departed colleague

The remarkable spirit of a well loved friend and colleague was honoured with a Charity Golf Day held organised by members of East Ayrshire Council’s Housing Asset team which raised a whopping £7000.

Ananda Abeyrantna (56) settled in Scotland from Sri Lanka around 20 years ago and spent all his spare time and holidays fundraising and helping out in a Hospice run by the Cancer Care Welfare Unit of Sri Lanka.

As an agency craft worker, he first started working with East Ayrshire Council’s Housing Asset Services Team in January 2017. He was a popular team member and fitted in so well that he was offered a full time, permanent position as a Craft Assistant but tragically died suddenly on the eve of starting his new job.

Devastated colleagues were so touched by his loss that they decided to dedicate their annual fund raising golf day at Caprington Golf Club, to Ananda’s beloved charity.

60 East Ayrshire employees took part in the competition. Caprington kindly donated their tee times as a contribution. And Ananda’s widow, Chamila and son Sham were guests of honour as Provost Jim Todd handed over a cheque on behalf of the fundraisers.

Provost Todd said: “It was a great honour to meet Chamila and Sham and learn more about all the work they and Ananda have done with the Cancer Care Welfare Unit and their hospice in Sri Lanka.  By all accounts Ananda was a truly giving and inspirational man and it’s so sad that he didn’t live to realise his dream of retiring to Sri Lanka and dedicating the rest of his life to his charity work.

“The high regard in which he was held is reflected in today’s fundraising efforts by so many of his friends and colleagues, who’ve also held a charity auction and shared some of his favourite curry recipes in his memory. Chamila explained that the money raised will be put to extremely good use by the charity – they hope to be able to buy a life changing radiography machine which will make a huge difference to the effectiveness of treatments.

“His family and friends and our Housing Asset Services Team still feel his loss, but it’s good to know that they have turned their sadness to helping others and helping Ananda leave a lasting legacy to be proud of.”

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