Cancer Society's 16th AGM
The Sri Lanka Cancer Society will hold its 16th Annual General
Meeting on February 28 at the Sri Lanka Cancer Society, Bullers Lane,
Colombo 7. The Chief Guest will be Supreme Court Judge Justice Shirani
The Sri Lanka Cancer Society President A.L.M. Fernando outlining the
hitory of the Society said the Sri Lanka Cancer Society is now 60 years
old. It was in 1948 that the Friends of the General Hospital Cancer
Clinic was established under the auspices of the Church of Ceylon Board
of Women's Work with G.L. Cooray as President.
She was assisted by a number of charitable persons among whom were
J.W.H. Casinader, Phyllis Dissanayake, Amirthan Devarajan, Phyllis
Jayawardena. L.B.M. Hollic, V. Welikala, C.P. Jayawardene, G.B. Jackson,
Lady Aluvihare, Lady de Soysa, Dr., Quintus Peiris, Sir John and Lady
Parsons, Dr. A.H.N. Welikala and Dr. J.H.F. Jayasuriya.
Among the earliest benefactors was A.L. Dassanaike who founded the
Merlyn Dassanaike Home in Regent Street to accommodate women cancer
patients to be looked after by the Salvation Army and Harry L. Wendt who
donated 24 beds for cancer patients.
The President said The Ceylon Cancer Society was born from the
Friends of the General Hospital Cancer Clinic in 1951 with Dr. K.J.
Rustomjee as President and Chairman assisted by Annie Gomez, C.V.C.
Munasinha, T.C.A. de Soysa and E. A. Nugawela. The first office of the
Society was in a backroom in the premises of De Soysa and Company, Kew
This was shifted to the new Radiology Block of the General Hospital
when it was opened. In 1957 the Cancer Society constructed, with
donations from the Joseph Hawke Charity Fund the Hawke Memorial Ward and
"In Memoriam Ward" with donations from Dr. C.W.S. Fernando for the
In the same year Mr. & Ms. Karl Beven funded the purchase of land and
the erection of a hostel for cancer patients called Karl Beven Home in
1958 adjacent to the Cancer Institute of Maharagama.
That was the beginning of the Cancer Society's Home in Maharagama,
the President emphasised.