Member Organisations

The Federation of Sri Lankan Organisations of Queensland (FSOQ) Inc. was formed in 2013 in association with six main Sri Lankan community associations in Queensland as its founder members.

The founder associations realised the need to bring together the Sri Lankan migrant community in Queensland, irrespective of their ethnicity, to represent and exchange the high values of our community and our culture with the mainstream communities living in Australia and serve both nations under one umbrella organisation – FSOQ.

A message from the Radio 4EB Sri Lankan Group.
Radio 4EB Sri Lankan Group

Radio 4EB Sri Lankan Group

Brisbane-based ethnic radio station 4EB has welcomed the Sri Lankan group to the airwaves for over 35 years. The group has dedicated these years to ensuring the Australian-Sri Lankan community stayed connected through music, news and current affairs. It has become the most popular Sri Lankan radio broadcast in the state.

The program, named Arunella, is one of the oldest on the radio station and is broadcast every Sunday from 9am to 10am. During the hour-long program, you can find expert views and opinions on current topics, keep up-to-date with sport and enjoy the latest and greatest tunes. The group was started by Kenneth F. Harvie, Chalani A. Gunasekara, Vernon Fernando, Haritha Wijeratne and Maureen Staples. The team of four launched the program on February 4, 1980, to coincide with Sri Lankan Independence Day.

While the members of the Radio 4EB Sri Lankan Group have changed over the years, the heart and soul of the program has remained the same. The current members write, produce and broadcast weekly shows on the station with the goal of keeping the Sri Lankan community in Queensland connected. The group currently consists of Kumarasinghe Dissanayake as Convenor, Lakmini Keerawella as Secretary and Kasun Karunarathne as Treasurer. The team of three also puts out an e-newsletter which reaches a readership of over 1000 people.

Sinhala Association of Qld

Sinhala Association of Qld, Inc.

A message from the Sinhala Association of Qld.

Cultural eventFounded in 1992, the Sinhala Association of Queensland Inc. has dedicated its time to preserving the Sinhala language and Sri Lankan culture in Queensland.

The group is led by Uditha Manage (President), Nandasiri Tennakoon (Secretary), and Rupa Wickramarathne (Treasurer), and encourages Sri Lankans who are living in Australia to connect with the arts and culture of their home country. Other lead members of the organisation include Damitha Peiris as Vice President, Anurahda Wanninayake as Cultural Secretary, Francis Suraweera as SAQ Seniors Convenor and Pumudi Vidanapathirana as SAQ Youth President. Committee members include: Jagath Vithanage, Jaliya Korottage, Janath Perera, Chamila Ranjeewa, Ruwan De Silva and Wipula Dharmasooriya.

The active community organisation has put together a number of events and fundraising initiatives over the years, including their annual Sinhala New Year celebration. The group is prominent in organising fundraising activities for disasters and is dedicated to helping those in crisis. Along with the new year festival, the Sinhala Association of Queensland Inc. also hosts an annual cultural event called “Saralanga”. This event is designed to showcase and celebrate the talents of the Sri Lankan community in dancing, art, drama and performance.

The goal of the events put on by the Sinhala Association of Queensland Inc. is to engage the community in promoting the Sinhala language and cultural traditions. The organisation celebrated its Silver Jubilee anniversary in 2016 and look forward to continuing to help, engage and celebrate Sri Lankans in the Australian community for many years to come. 

A message from the Silver Fawn Club.
Silver Fawn Club

Silver Fawn Club, Inc.

Founder members: Fred Foenander, Ivor Ephraims, Stanley Anthonisz, Eric Ferdinands, Leslie Ephraims, Eustace Fernando, Denis Noble, Frank Vander Straaten (not pictured)
The Silver Fawn Club has been prominent in connecting the Sri Lankan community together in Australia since its inception in 1969. The club is well-known for its colourful parties, lively dances and successful social events. The Silver Fawn Club is known as a family club and encourages participation from interested parties of all ages and backgrounds. While the club is based in Brisbane, many of its members live all over the world, making it a widely celebrated organisation. The leaders of the club consist of Davenel Flanderka as President, Gerard Fernando and Fyri Fahir as joint Vice Presidents, Denis Anthonisz as Hon. Secretary, Laurensz Manricks as Asst. Secretary, Susan Fahir as Hon. Treasurer and Thomazine Fernando as Asst. Treasurer. Egerton de Fransz holds the spot of Club Captain, while Ray Anthonisz, Sharyn Paton and Manuka Jayamanne sit on the general committee. The club’s famous seasonal dinner dances draw crowds from all over the country and celebrate the Sri Lankan culture in style. The popular events are held several times throughout the year, usually one for each season, and a new year’s dance to round out the year. The club keeps to its family-friendly attitude with their annual Weekend Camp, which is filled with fun activities and sports, and delectable food. Members also enjoy participating in the yearly Cricket Match event, and the Food Fair where all the tastes of Sri Lanka are on offer. The club’s goal is to provide the Australian-Sri Lankan community with regular events to keep people connected with each other and the Sri Lankan culture.
SPUR Qld

SPUR Queensland

A message from SPUR Queensland.

The Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka Queensland Chapter, also known as SPUR QLD, is a charity organisation dedicated to promoting peace and prosperity in Sri Lanka. The Queensland branch was formed in the late 2000s and has hosted a number of events to celebrate the food and culture of Sri Lanka over the years. The leading team consists of president Sarath Weerasinghe, secretary Jayamini Methiwala and treasurer Anil Perera. SPUR QLD organises yearly Ranaviru Upahara Puja events, and even continued the tradition this year via Zoom.

Members of SPUR look forward to “Padura”, the annual talent show, where a night filled with music, dancing and fun activities culminates in a donation for a good cause. The society has also been involved in the Hospital Bed Project in conjunction with Hospital Council Sri Lanka and the Namalgama Livelihood Development Programme. The charity is consistently working towards helping those in need, and creating peace and prosperity among the Sri Lankan community.

A message from the Sri Lanka Society of Queensland.
Sri Lanka Society of Qld

Sri Lanka Society of Queensland Inc.

Cultural eventThe Sri Lanka Society of Queensland Inc. is a community-oriented organisation dedicated to promoting and celebrating the Sri Lankan culture with people living in Queensland. The group which is led by Namal Wijeratne (President), Sandhya Abeysekera (Vice President), Champika de Silva (Secretary) and Shyamali Sriwardene, aims to encourage friendship amongst immigrants from Sri Lanka in Australia. Other led members of the group include Chamitha Weerasinghe as Social Secretary and Parba Harvie as Cultural Secretary, with Ronnie Anandappa, Kumari Perera and Gothami Meepe all sitting as members of the committee. The organisation which was founded in 1978 has a set of strong core values and takes pride in pitching in where help is needed. The goals of the society are to:

  • Promote friendship and harmonious cooperation amongst immigrants from Sri Lanka and Australia from all racial, religious and political backgrounds
  • Preserve, promote and project the culture of Sri Lanka
  • Assist students and immigrants from Sri Lanka
  • Encourage recreational, social and sporting activities
  • Publish and circulate Sri Lankan news and events
  • Assist the people of Sri Lanka in times of need 

The non-profit organisation organises a number of events throughout the year including Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations. Notable past events have included cultural festival “Ridma Ranga Dhara” in 2017, and the participation in the First Nations welcoming ceremony in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Sri Lanka Sports Association of Qld

Sri Lanka Sports Association of Qld Inc.

A message from the Sri Lanka Sports Association of Queensland.

Souvenir coversFounded in 2007, the Sri Lanka Sports Association of Queensland Inc. is dedicated to providing assistance to sporting organisations with under-privileged backgrounds in Sri Lanka. Headed by Lal Mendis (President), Sunil Gooneratne (Vice-President), Sadeesh Dissanayaka (Secretary) and Kingsley Manickam (Treasurer), the group consistently delivers assistance to developing junior cricket in remote areas of Sri Lanka. SLSAQ regularly hosts a number of events including annual dinner-dances, to raise money for those in need. Since its inception, the organisation has donated over $20,000 towards the development of cricket infrastructure and sporting activities in Sri Lanka.

One of the most notable events, The Carnival of Cricket which invited local sporting clubs and schools to play over two days, saw a great turn out and was a prime fundraising opportunity. SLSAQ is dedicated to continuing their work to further sport education in Sri Lanka and hopes to organise another, bigger and better, Carnival of Cricket event in the future. SLSAQ President Lal Mendis cites the generosity and support of the club’s members, sponsors and volunteers as the key to their success.

ASFA
ASFA was founded in 2019 to connect Australians born to Sri Lankan parents.
ASFA

Australian-Sri Lankan Friendship Association in Qld (ASFA)

The Australian-Sri Lankan Friendship Association in Queensland (ASFA) was developed in 2019 as a way for Australians born to Sri Lankan parents to connect. The society is open to people of all ages, and is designed for those who grew up in Australia with English as their native tongue. The founding members of the group were Bill Deutrom, Jayantha Weerasekera, Nande Tennakoon, Dilan Perera, Jayantha Pathikirikorale, Jayasiri Weerawardane, who all play a large role in the Sri Lankan community in Australia. The six dedicated members began the group to ensure a connection to the Sri Lankan culture was maintained throughout future generations in Australia. ASFA runs as a not-for-profit organisation and is free from political and religious affiliations. As one of the newer groups in Queensland, ASFA hopes to get people of all ages involved and engaged in future community events. To become a member you must: 

  • Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident in Australia
  • Be a Sri Lankan student in Australia with a student visa
  • Pay $20 membership fee per family per annum ($15 for students and pensioners)

ASFA looks forward to welcoming new members looking to help preserve the Sri Lankan culture in Australia.

Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen's Association of Qld

The Sri Lanka Ex-Services and Police Association Queensland

A message from the Sri Lanka Ex-Services and Police Association Queensland.
Sri Lankan ex-servicemenThe Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen and Police Association of Queensland Inc, formed in 2016, comprises many servicemen and women who have served in the Sri Lanka Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Police. They have come together in an entirely honorary capacity, with the primary purpose of raising funds to support the under-privileged in Sri Lanka in conjunction with the Foundation of Goodness. The foundation has caught the attention of the rest of the world and has shown how a voluntary organisation set up to help the needy must function. More details can be found about the Foundation of Goodness at www.unconditionalcompassion.org The Queensland association was formed to unify all the Sri Lanka ex-services and police personnel together with well-wishers and the public, with the view of fostering a spirit of comradeship. We will be actively participating in Sri Lankan and Queensland community activities, and we are registered with the Office of Fair Trading as a non-profit organisation. Our association is a non-political, non-ethnic and non-religious organisation serving the ex-services, police families and financial members of the public. Ongoing activities are an educational grant of Rs 10,000 (monthly) to children of injured service personnel during their study period; contribution to Food for Beds Appeal and other community projects; and facilitating interaction between visiting delegates of armed forces and Sri Lankan community.
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Sri Lanka Day rewards Sunday revellers with a feast of food, music and culture Sri Lanka Day a roaring success as crowds savour a feast of culture and culinary fare Invitation for almsgiving at Forest Hermitage to transfer merit to the late Lal Mendis Point Five musical show cancelled Government regulator ACNC grants charity status to federation Book your tickets to see Sri Lankan Point Five band perform in March as FSOQ fundraiser Musical talent evening on January 27 to raise funds for SPUR welfare projects Farewell Lal Mendis: Beacon of kindness and joy will be missed by our community FSOQ honours founding members and a friend of Sri Lanka with special presentation Large crowds expected at Sri Lanka Day Multicultural and Food Festival on Sunday FSOQ’s team of officials for 2023-24 Sunday Island features tribute to Anton Swan by former high commissioner Skandakumar Sri Lanka Day on October 15 will showcase food, fun and cultural delights