“May 22” is considered as the National Hero’s Day in Sri Lanka. The “Sri Lanka-United Nations Friendship Organisation” (SUNFO) was founded on 22 May 1999 under the patronage of Hon. Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka Dr.K.B.Ratnayaka MP and with the blessings of United Nations Resident Coordinator for Sri Lanka & Maldives Mr.Peter Withem. Cross section of key Society leader’s from social, academic, political, diplomatic, professional, corporate sectors joined SUNFO in its first year itself and associated to develop SUNFO services.
Founder Corporate Life Members(1999)
Dr.Baptist Croos FSC, Ven.Pelpola Vipassi Thero, Dr.Deshapriya S. Wijetunge, Prof.Thilokasundari Kariyawasam, Mr.M.S.M.Saleem, Ms.S.A.Zain, Bro.P.Rajendran FSC , Ms.D.C.Kahatapitiyage, Prof.W.S.Fernando, Kalakeerthi Dr. V.K.Edwin Ariyadasa, Mr.D.C.Patrick Amarasinghe, Adv.C.P.C.Fernnado, Mr.Denis S. Armstrong, Mr.Nimalasiri Silva, Eng.D.Patrick I.Jayawardena, Mrs.D.S.V.Jayatunge, Mrs.M.I.Illapperuma, Eng.L.H.R.Sepala, Mr.M.M.Merinus Fernando, Mr.K.K.Silva, Mrs.C.C.J.Amarasinghe, Mr.Sajith C.Wijesinghe, Mr.W.M.C.J.Fonseka, Mr.O.G.De Silva, Prof.M.J.Philip Motha, Mr.S.A.D.S.Wijetunge, Ms.A.W.M.C.I.Fernnado.
Founder Patron/Vice Patrons (1999)
Hon.Dr.K.B.Rathnayaka MP (The Speaker of the Parliament)
Deshamanya Bradmon Weerakoon , Deshamanya Dr.Laith Kotalawela
Deshabandu Prof.M.T.A.Furkhan, Lord Pandit Prof.Dr.Sir Anton Jayasooriya, Mrs.Yoga Balachandran, Mr.Desmond Fernado PC
Mr.R.A.D.Victor, Mr.D. Easswaren, Dr.M.L.k.Mirando, Dr.Lakshman Madurasinghe, Rev.Fr.E. Derrick L.Mendis SJ., Mr.T.Hewage, Mr.C.Hewage, Mrs.P.Gulasingam, Ms.Claudia Iddamalgoda, Mr.A.J.Perera, Mr.S.M.C.L.Senanayake, Ms.Lona R.Wright, Mr.E.N.N.S.Rodrigo, Dr.P.A.Kiriwandeniya,Ms.Swineetha Dias Wickramanayaka, Dr.M.Reginold.
Fellows Members (1999)
Mr.Mahendra Amarasuriya, Mr.U.Russel Aluvihare, Visharada Dr.W.D.Amaradewa , Mr.Mahinda Abeywardena, Mr.Hussein A.Bahila,Dr.L.S.W.Dassanayake, Mr.Douglas Dayasiri, Mr.Anver Dole, Mr.G.C.Basil Fonseka, Mr.C.S.D.Fonseka, Mr.I.L.Anura Fernando, Mr. Dayantha W.Fernando, Mr.Mansoor Ghouse, Mr.C.W.Gunawardena, Mr.L.J.K.Hettiarachchi,Mr.W.B.A.Jayasekera, Deshabandu Karu Jayasuriya, Mr.Fauzal Khalid, Mr.P.Kandage, Mr.Jayantha J.Liyanage, Mr.S.M.Raslan Mowlana,Mr.L.Merinage,MrsDruli Martenstyn, Visharada Nanda Malini, Mrs.Rohini L.Nanayakkara, Mr.S.B.R.Nikahetiya, Rev.Bro. Joseph Nicholas, Mr.C.G.E.Canute Perera, Eng.L.R.Lloyd Perera. Ms.Padmini Ramanayake.Mr.C.Rajakaruna, Mr.Michael Ranjith, Mr.Mohan De Silva, Mr.Indra G.De Silva, Hon. Amal Senalankadhikara, Mr.S.Sivapathasuntharam,Mr.Abey C. Silva, Mr.M.Sanmuganathan, Hon.Mahinda B.Saarasinghe, Mr.S.C.M.P.Tissera, Mr.G.C.B.Wijeysinghe, Mr.W.M.S.Wijesundera, Deshabandu S.Wickramasinghe, Hon.H.M.G.Weerakoon, Mr.Malik Zaveer.
INTERNATIONAL(1999): Mr.Rodney Arambawela (Australia), Mrs. Monica De Decker-Deprez (Belgium), Mr.Uwe R.Foitzik (Germany), Dr.Padma Gannoruwa (Hungary), Mr.Anton Swan (Australia), Mr.Christia Wabi (Austria), Mr.Jaimi Samaraweera (Fiji)
SUNFO Goodwill Ambassadors (1999)
Most Rev.Dr.Omalpe Sobitha Thero , Most Rev.Bishop Oswald Gomis , Most Rev.Silogama Wimala Thero, Dr.P.A.Kiriwandeniya Mr.Chandana de Silva
SUNFO first Official Coordinating Center was established in 1999 at the Commercial City of Colombo in the vicinity of St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochcikade @ No 13, Jampattah Stret, Colombo.
During last 20 years (1999-2019) over One Million joined SUNFO as members, volunteers of activity/mobilization/training participants both in Sri Lanka and worldwide.
All who joined SUNFO helped to develop the organization through their dedicated volunteer services, contributions and commitments. We remember all our Officials/Members who left this world. May them REST IN PEACE.