For some survivors it was their first gathering of this nature and for other they looked forward to this event to enjoy, leaving aside all their worries and anxieties. Guests began to arrive from 09.00 am onwards, with attendees including victims and their families who are being assisted by HRO, parishioners, members of the Support Group and those from the wider Kandy community.
The games began with a race to inflate a balloon first until it pops and then proceeding to the finish line. This competition was opened to children, youth and the adults. Following this was a competition to see who was closest at drawing the eye on an elephant whilst blindfolded. Numerous attempts were made by the participants – culminating in hilarious consequences as many of the crowd had to duck and avoid being drawn on themselves rather than the elephant.
Afterwards, three pots were suspended in the air each filled with water. The winner of the game was the person who smashes open the pot filled with blue water. Participants took turns armed with a wooden bat and were blindfolded. Needless to say, there were many failed attempts by individuals swinging wildly into the air and not making contact with anything. However Malani Serasinghe, a victim of police brutality, was successful in her attempt.