Congratulations to Vimukthi Caldera for reaching the semi-finals of the English Speaking Union’s International Public Speaking Competition in London in May. Vimukthi was selected as Sri Lanka’s candidate for the competition by winning the preliminary heats held in Colombo in March and had her flight and all her expenses paid for. She joined competitors from 53 other countries, who had all won their national competitions to qualify. She chose to speak about the death penalty in the first round of the competition, held at Dartmouth House, and was chosen as one of the top eighteen speakers to go through to the semi-finals. In total, she spent two weeks in London, which included organised trips to the Houses of Parliament, the Globe theatre, Kensington Palace and a West End musical as well as the Grand Final at the Head Office of HSBC in Canary Wharf.

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