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Ringing in New Year, Sri Lankan style

Celebrating the Sri Lankan New Year are (from left) NT Minister for Education Mr Peter Styles, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Sharon Bell, CDU postgraduate students Jagath Bandara Pathirage and Madeline Goddard, and new arrival to Darwin Aaron Burton Celebrating the Sri Lankan New Year are (from left) NT Minister for Education Mr Peter Styles, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Sharon Bell, CDU postgraduate students Jagath Bandara Pathirage and Madeline Goddard, and new arrival to Darwin Aaron Burton

A member of CDU’s senior executive, whose engagement with Sri Lanka has spanned four decades, led a university contingent at the recent Sri Lankan New Year celebrations in Darwin.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Sharon Bell joined more than 300 members of the Sri Lankan and wider communities for the festivities, which were sponsored in part by CDU’s Northern Institute.

The evening was organised by the Sri Lanka Australia Friendship Association, which was established in Darwin about 30 years ago.

A host of federal and Territory politicians, including the Minister for Education Mr Peter Styles, also joined in the evening that featured a program of cultural performances.