Gajaba Super Cross 11th edition on August 26
These details were expressed at the media briefing held in Colombo to announce the event launch. Speaking at the briefing Colonel Commandant of the Regiment Sumedha Perera said that the event which commenced in 1999 with former Brigadier Gamini Goonesekera’s initiative has been a success throughout the past decade. It also has helped Sri Lanka Army to conduct many welfare works to benefit the soldiers’ families who sacrificed their lives in safeguarding the country’s sovereignty and for permanently disabled soldiers as well as the present servicemen’s welfare. He also said that the event could not be held in the years 2007 and 2008 due to the unstable security situation that prevailed in the country.
“The Gajaba Super Cross from its commencement has given its best to the drivers and riders, while doing so the people of North Central Province too have witnessed racing at its best. This also has prompted some of the youngsters to take to the sport,” said Col. Sumedha Perera. He further added that all proceeds gained in the past have been used to build houses for the late soldiers’ families at a cost of Rs. 1.5m each. These houses will be handed over to the families on August 23 at a ceremony presided over by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
President of the SLARDAR Mahesh Gammanpila said that his club was grateful to the Sri Lanka Army for helping the club to conduct this event in a disciplined manner. He thanked the media for the support extended in the past and requested them to continue with it in the future too.