Sri Lankan born Australian in 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Sri Lankan born Australian Romola Marie Sebastianpillai has been named in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for Australia.

Sebastianpillai has been recognised for 40 years of charity work in Australia.

ABC News reported that Romola Sebastian Pillai migrated to Australia from Sri Lanka 40 years ago and has spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours volunteering at charities in Darwin.

Mrs Pillai said she felt a duty to give back to the country that “took her in”.

“From the word ‘go’, I started volunteering because that’s what I like to do and in a two-pronged way I could give my services to a country that has given me a wonderful home,” she said.

Being awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia inspired Mrs Pillai to do more work for the community, she said.

The 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for Australia were announced today by the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove.

The Birthday Honours were appointments by some of the 16 Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries.

The Birthday Honours are awarded as part of the Queen’s Official Birthday celebrations during the month of June. (Colombo Gazette)