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Echo, January 13, 2005


When his home town of Galle in Sri Lanka was destroyed in the tsunami which brought chaos to much of Asia, Haverhill man, Harsha Malaweera, knew he had to do something to help his friends and family.

So, with the help of other members of the River of Life Christian Fellowship, he appealed to Haverhill Echo readers for practical aid to send to the stricken area.

Mr Malaweera, 32, of the Pightle, said: “the first week, we sent container of clothes, and that was the most important thing at the time.”


Cries of ‘pity the poor plough boy’ rang out in Balsham as the village ploughmen took to the streets for the annual Plough Monday event.

More than £1,800 was expected to be raised that year, with proceeds going to the newly-formed Rainbows group and Balsham Scouts.

Money also went to help victims of the south Asian tsunami.

Plough men were joined by morris dancers from Cambridge.

Organiser, Jan Ellam, said proceeds from the event had beaten the previous year.

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