Many know him as 'Mr. Ceylon Tea', for he was the sole crusader who took pure Ceylon Tea to the world.

A few, though, see him in a different light. An unforgettable memory for those few would be Merrill J. Fernando walking into the MJF Centre at Moratuwa to be greeted by lots of children and youth and one of them tapping him on the shoulder familiarly and issuing a solemn warning.

"One day, I will sit in your (Chairman's) chair!" It came from a differently-abled youth who was training to be a chef under the wings of the MJF Charitable Foundation.

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