• November 02, 2016

    LBW Trust Director Ron Holmes visits the Foundation of Goodness, Sri Lanka

    LBW Trust Board member Ron Holmes recently completed a trip to Sri Lanka and visited The Foundation of Goodness which has received ongoing support from the Trust.  

    “Having taken the Qantas Cricketers on a tour of Sri Lanka in 1980, I thought I should check out this tropical island in the Indian Ocean, following the Australian touring cricketers during our winter months. One of the highlights of my trip was the visit to The Foundation of Goodness, one of the NGOs supported by The LBW Trust, in Seenigawa, a coastal village north of Galle and south of Colombo. I had the pleasure of meeting its founder; a most remarkable man, Kushil Gunasekara, best described as a visionary philanthropist. Kushil has created a holistic community, around what was once his ancestral home, that now thrives in the wake of the 2004 tsunami, bubbling with activity. 

    Thousands of impoverished young men and women being empowered with technical and vocational training, IT and computer skills, providing outsourcing back office support for leading companies; encouraged to participate in sport and diving. It provides primary medical and dental care and psycho- social support for the elderly and depressed. I was completely overwhelmed and inspired by the achievements of this compassionate entrepreneur, so dedicated to the humanitarian cause. 

    A bigger surprise was soon to follow. Kushil suggested I join him for dinner. A close friend of Kushil’s, Harry Solomon, happened to be managing a supporters tour and so we met at a popular local restaurant in Colombo on the first evening of the Colombo Test.

    On being introduced to Rangana Herath it took me a while to realise this unassuming, unlikely cricketer, was given special permission by his manager to attend this private dinner at Kushil's behest, on the very first day of a Test Match! Herath had already single handedly destroyed the Australian batsmen in the first two tests; so much so they were completely mesmerised by him again in Colombo to lose the series 3-0! For the record, the leading series wicket taker for Sri Lanka enjoyed his curry, drank lemon juice and left for his hotel well before his sleep time!

    An evening with Kushil, Herath and Harry the schoolboy champion of Galle, and a remarkable experience at the Foundation of Goodness will not easily fade from my memory."

  • October 17, 2016

    The LBW Trust 11th Annual Golf Day and Dinner

    Peter O'Malley with the winning team from B Online Learning: Rebecca Hall, Bronwyn Stell, Ben Saunders and Wayne Walters

    A clear blue sky day greeted the 96 strong field of golfers at the Annual LBW Trust Golf Day. With 24 teams assembled to take on the Roseville Golf Club, it was always going to be competitive, and it was no surprise that many of the golfer’s took advantage of Peter O’Malley’s shot on the 12th hole. Peter was generous imparting with his golf knowledge and the golfers were keen to linger and talk to Peter about his golfing life. If that was not enough there was more advice on the 4th hole from seniors pro Guy Wall, and again on the 18th hole with the local knowledge from Roseville professional Scott Spence.

    It was encouraging to see an increase in the number of woman golfers participating this year and the Ambrose format helped even out the teams. In fact, the women were well represented in the prizes with Deb Danielson winning the straightest drive and Jane Anne Dempsey nearest the pin on the 4th hole. Other winners included Ben Hoper on the 8th and Paul Betar on the 15th. Longest drive belonged to John Glasheen for the men and Bec Hall for the ladies.

    Once the golf was completed, prizes awarded, it was a quick refreshment before a change and into dinner. Hosted by Shannon Byrne from ABC Grandstand, the room was keen to hear from golf pro Peter O’Malley and his life on the tour. Chloe Dalton and her Olympic gold medal for Rugby Sevens in Rio also provided insight to her fantastic win and what it took to get there.
    Overall, the Annual LBW Trust Golf and Dinner was a resounding success. Chairman David Vaux addressed the room and reminded everybody the value of their support in the continual education of young people in attaining tertiary education qualifications. At last count the LBW Trust is actively helping over 2300 students in impoverished countries across the globe.