Gaya Weerawardena became the proud recipient of ‘The Lion Lady of the Year’ award for 2021/22.
Hailing from Colombo, Gaya completed her primary education at the Meerigama Primary school , Meeigama being her family hometown. She returned to Colombo for her higher education where she studied at Sujatha Vidyalaya and later at Visaka Vidyalaya. Being the eldest in the family of three girls, Gaya was the first to obtain her undergraduate degree in Physical Science from the University of Colombo. She got married when she was 21, and is blessed with two daughters who are now residing in Ireland.
Gaya joined Lionism in 2007 as a Charter member for the Lions Club of Biyagama North of the 306 B2 District. She was involved in numerous projects over the years, serving the destitute. The main project being the Golden Jubilee Eye Hospital, Gaya’s District persistently carried out fund raising projects for the hospital. During the year 2021/2022, she was selected as the Treasurer of the Lion Ladies’ Committee. Along with her Patron and the Lion Ladies in the district, they were able to raise Rs 4.2 million to buy an OCT Scanner for the eye hospital. She expresses her sincere thanks and appreciation to her District Governor Lion Kaushal Rajapaksa and Lion Lady Shirani Rajapaksa for giving her the necessary support and guidance to successfully carry out all her humanitarian projects.
Eventually, Gaya was awarded the highest award a Lion could receive; Lion Lady of the Year 2021/2022. It is due to her sheer hard work, commitment, and dedication that she was able to achieve this milestone. She reiterates that she would continue with her efforts and commitment in the best interest of the society.
(Pic by Sudath Malaweera)