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November 08, 2016
Fundraising Event with a Difference - Devi Balika PPA (UK)
Devians in the UK held another fundraising event recently, on a surprisingly warm Friday in Autumn. Initiated, organised and hosted by our Vice President Dr Malathie Peiris, this was our first ever Paduru Party.

Guests arrived from around 6.30pm and were welcomed and treated with Sri Lankan snacks and a cup of Sri Lankan tea. As planned, by 7.30pm we all were sitting down either on 'paduru' (mats) or on cushions, to enjoy an evening of 'Sing Along'.

Our President, Dr Harshi Boralessa, warmly welcomed the large gathering of participants led by a group of highly trained professionals who also are talented musicians willing to give up their Friday evening to support a worthy cause.

Malathie introduced the musicians Mr Ruwan Fernando (Consultant Gynaecologist at St Mary's University Hospital), Professor Terence Perera (Sheffield Hallam University), Mr Rohan Fernando (Civil Engineer), our own Devian Dr Kusum Subasinghe and her husband Dr Gnanes Subasinghe to the eager group of participants.

Then the party began. We were told that we had to sing 15 songs before dinner and we did! We relished the yellow rice and Sri Lankan curries prepared carefully by Devians and their friends. Time was limited to an hour as there were many more songs to sing. The programme was very tight and time was precious! Finally, it was time to dance the Baila. Everyone had fun, dancing away till the early hours of Saturday morning.

The first Paduru Party was a huge success. We had the opportunity to enjoy singing (or trying to sing) songs that were once sung by famous singers in Sri Lank. We raised funds; we had fun.

Our thanks extend to everyone who supported us.

Karunaseeli Somasiri
(Joint Secretary - Devi Balika PPA(UK))
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