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London - Autumn Lunch @ Rising Sun
Sunday 27th November 2016

Deaf & Blind Aid Lanka (DABAL) hosted a fundraising Lunch in Sudbury to contribute towards their contributing efforts in helping the deaf and blind schools in the rural areas of Sri Lanka. Alongside the lunch was a sale and exhibition of paintings by Mrs. Lakshmi Perera to help raise funds for DABAL.

The event kicked off with the m.c. for the day. James R. Yorke sharing a few pearls of wisdom on the meaning of charity. There is "Great admiration" he said "for Sri Lankan women especially who never cease to amaze me in their resilience towards helping others"

Ameera Hussain, the Chairman of DABAL gave a rousing summary of their work so far, which really goes hand in hand with Sri Lanka's time efforts in raising awareness and money for children's practicalities. Her thanks extended to all her committee members and those who attended.

Lakshmi Perera, an up and coming watercolour artist from Sri Lanka who has had exhibitions in London and Colombo, has donated the entire proceeds from the sale to DABAL and its good causes. Once a science teacher and now an artist, her artwork is very modern, displaying truly splendid Sri Lankan culture and life.

The painting exhibitions was opened by Mr. Monoj Warnapala, the Sri Lankan High Commission representative for Education and Culture, who was a special guest at the event. The delicious food by the Rising Sun Restaurant in Sudbury Hill was superb Sri Lankan cousin and their Egg Hoppers were well made and very tasty.

Mr. Ranjit Chandrasena, President of Wesley College Old Boys Union UK (WCOBU(UK)) a DABAL member and longstanding supporter of the Charity also shared some passionate words about the Charity after lunch. The passion, fuel and fire for helping others never ceases in some people.

Fabulous music from the likes of Lahiru Gomes, Chaminda Rajanayake and Melvin Peiris were performed straight after the speakers, followed by some dancing after lunch. People were delighted to be supporting DABAL. The paintings, song and food, meant a very spirited Sri Lankan occasion, just before the run up to Christmas.

Beulah Mendis