Consequent to the presentation of the Yasvanth Golden Temple to the Buddha Sasana, an Eye Screening Project was carried out with the kind courtesy of the “Lions Vision for Sight Hospital - Ratnapura” which is managed by the “Lions Vision for Sight Hospital Trust”, at the same Temple Premises at which 100 elderly persons were provided with reading glasses (spectacles) and 35 persons who were identified as having Cataract will be taken to this Lions Eye Hospital where surgery would be performed free of charge and also provided with prescribed spectacles. This project was carried out by this Hospital in order to invoke merit on the Late Yasvanth Alastair Senanayake.
We collaborated with Porsche AG Germany in the construction of a multi storied apartment complex
comprising 28 Apartments with modern amenities in Polathumodra, Weligama in the south of Sri Lanka
for those devastated by the Tsunami in December 2004.
Part of the funds provided by Porsche will also be utilized to provide food, clothing and education for the children of this village with the assistance of the National Child Protection Authority for a specified period.
Alastair Yasvanth Senanayake was born in Singapore on 02nd November, 1989 to the Senanayake family.
Alastair received his primary education at an International School in Sri Lanka and thereafter at an International School in Singapore and went on to serve with the Singapore National Forces for a period of 02 years and further served 11/2 years in the Regular Forces.
After completing his assignment in 2011, he returned to Sri Lanka at the request of his father to familiarize himself with the family business operations. He had planned to do the Honours Degree in Corporate Law and Business Development at the Brunel University for Business & Management in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately the day for enrollment to the Brunel University - September 2012, did not dawn as planned.
He left for the United Kingdom to acquaint himself with the University and to make arrangements for his accommodation. Before leaving for his post graduate studies, Alastair wanted to meet his friends who studied with him who are now residing in Europe. On the way back from UK to Sri Lanka during transit, he developed a brief illness and was admitted to a hospital in Rome. After 03 days Alastair passed away on 31st May, 2012 at the age of 23 years. Medical reports revealed that he had been infected with the dengue virus prior to leaving for Europe.
Alastair was the youngest of the three siblings and the only Son of Arthur Senanayake - Chairman of IWS Holdings Group of Companies & the former Chairman of Sampath Bank & Edna Senanayake and the adored brother of Annika & Alexandria Senanayake.
He was a smart, intelligent, kind-hearted and generous person by nature.
It was Alastair’s desire to open a Computer Center for under-privileged children and his wishes were fulfilled with the opening of the “Yasvanth Senanayake Computer Institute” at Kataragama. The Institute now consists of 46 under privileged children.
Under the guidance of incumbent of Sellakataragama Mahasena Raja Maha Viharaya, Ven.Padawgama Jinananda, and incumbent of Waturuwa Raja Maha Viharaya Ven. Denagama Dhammaratana; in loving memory of late Mr Alastair Yasvanth Senanayake his family (Mr Arthur Senanayake - Chairman of IWS group of companies and Mrs. Edna Senanayake and his beloved sisters - Miss Annika Senanayake and Miss Alexandria Senanayake) laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Yasvanth Golden Stupa - the first ever Golden Stupa in Sri Lanka at the auspicious time, on the 31st day of October 2012, with the entire contribution extended by these philanthropists.
This first ever Golden Stupa which is 72 feet in height and 132 feet in circumference, is standing in an allotment of land in extent of one acre and ten perches, belonging to “Wathuruwa Rajamaha Vihara” situated at the historical “Sellakataragama” of SellaKataragama Forest in the Sellakataragama Village in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Kataragama of Buttala Korale in the District of Monaragala in the Uva Province.
Yasvanth Golden Temple