Many heroes have been feted at the 18th “Virudana” Awards Festival.
The Awards Festival annually organized by the Viru Podujana Foundation was held under the patronage of Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne in Colombo. Eight heroes who were dedicated to saving the lives of others, risking their lives, have been feted with this Award. Sampath Janaka was hounoured with the Golden Award for rescuing a small child who was thrown into the Kaluganga. The Ven. Modarawane Amarasiri Thera and Inoka Samarawickrema, A. Damayanthi, Pethum Senaratne, Vidura Ruwan Gunaratne, Rasanga Lakshitha Wimalaratne and Indra Attanayake were among the others who were honoured. Senior Minister P. Dayaratne, Minister Bandula Gunawardena and Chairman of Viru Podujana Foundation Kasun Sri Chandraratne were among those present.