Dr.Victor Hettigoda, Chairman, Hettigoda Group of Companies, was born at Kananke, Matara in 1937 to a family of resounding standing, reputation and admiration.
was the fifth of a family of nine children.
education at Rahula College
On leaving school, he
father as a 'helper student' in pursuit of the ancestral noble profession of Ayurveda Medicine.
It took him nearly 12 years to learn the art of Ayurveda Medicine.
spent many late nights burning the mid-night oil, engrossed in the "Ola Leaf" Manuscripts and books on Ayurveda
Victor's untiring efforts and devotion towards Ayurveda
won the accolade of his
father resulting in the reward of disclosing the secret Formula of "Siddhalepa" Balm - the Wonder Balm.
Dr.Victor Hettigoda recalls the year he
purchased an old Hillman Car, and that was in 1977.
Besides the old car, he
employed a 17 year old Youth to assist him in his
clerical work and other business activities.
Company is a resounding success, having a fleet of over 120 Delivery Vehicles and a work-force of over 750 persons, distributing a host of Ayurvedic products
in Sri Lanka, besides a lucrative export market.
The Company is a source of beneficial employment to physically handicapped persons and less fortunate ones, too.
Dr.Hettigoda's achievements in the sphere of Ayurveda Medicine is magnificient.
In recognition of his
colossal contribution to the field of Ayurveda Medicine and his
services to the Industrial Community in particular,
Dr.Hettigoda was vested with the prestigious award of " Deshabandu" title by H.E the President of Sri Lanka in May 1990, followed by the "Vishva Prasadani" Award conferred on him by the Hon. Prime Minister in April 1996 for his outstanding contribution and service to the Ayurveda Industry in Sri Lanka.
"Mahaveli Ran Diyawara" title was awarded to him in April 1998 by the Association of the United Engineers of the Mahaveli Authority
in recognition of the valuable services rendered to the Nation.
"Waidya Vidya Ratna Vibushana" honorary title was conferred in December 1998 by the Vidyalankara Pirivena, Kelaniya for his
contribution to the Ayurveda Industry and his
achievements in getting into the International Market.
In August 2000 he was appointed a "Justice of Peace for the Whole Island" by the Hon. Minister of Justice.
"Vishvakeerthi Manawa Hithawadi Deshamanya" honorary award was conferred on him by the Sri Jayewardenapura Gunasamaru Padanama in December 2000 in recognition of his services to the society to uplift the national, religious, social, cultural and educational activities, "Sarvodaya National Award" was conferred by the Sarvodaya Trust Fund in December 2000 to honour him for his services to the society.