President’s Message

Jayasiri Weerawardena

President, FSOQ

Dear friends,

As the President of the Federation of Sri Lankan Organisations in Queensland, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to our website.

Our Federation was born in 2013 in response to a long-felt need in the Sri Lankan community to have an umbrella organisation that would represent the leading Sri Lankan community organisations in Queensland. Similarly, several Sri Lankan High Commissioners indicated their desire to see a Federation, as it would avoid duplication in dealing with community matters.

Our community organisation leaders worked together for several weeks drafting a new constitution outlining the intended objectives of the Federation.  We are the first state in Australia to form a Federation of Sri Lankan Organisations and we are proud of the unity we have achieved.

Our website will provide one-stop access for government agencies and other community organisations that seek information about current and past programs and activities undertaken by both the Federation and member organisations.

Broadly, the FSOQ brings together the Sri Lankan migrant community in Queensland, irrespective of their ethnicity as Sri Lankans in Australia to represent and exchange the high values of our community and our culture with the mainstream communities living in Australia.

Our objective is to represent the Sri Lankan community within the Local, State and Federal Australian governments and to effectively reach out and communicate with the wider Australian Sri Lankan communities in their welfare and representations. For this, we will liaise with the Sri Lankan Government where necessary, either directly or through the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Australia, representing the Sri Lankan community in Queensland.

Since inception, the FSOQ has undertaken several major welfare projects for Sri Lanka and Australia. Our ‘Food for Beds’ campaign raised funds to send much-needed hospital beds to Sri Lankan hospitals and we provided a large number of water-purification units to people in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka,  where chronic kidney disease is rampant. We also led the Sri Lankan community in our fundraising campaign for those affected by floods and landslides. We also have actively supported our fellow Australians in their hour of need such as the Queensland drought appeal and bush fire appeal.

As the Federation of Sri Lankan Organisations in Queensland, we also look forward to working with other community leaders to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

We look forward to meeting you at our future events!

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