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August 28, 2017

Fundraising Paduru Party by Devi Balika PPA (UK)
This year Devians in the UK had their Paduru Party on 19th August. It was a warm sunny Saturday. By 5.00pm guests began to arrive and were warmly greeted by the President, Dr Malathie Peiris who organised and hosted the event. More than fifty guests were treated with a welcome drink and a good selection of Sri Lankan snacks. Some sat outside, admiring Malathie’s well looked after beautiful garden.

By 6.15pm everyone sat down on paduru (mats), cushions or chairs ready to enjoy a Sing Along.

Malathie introduced her friend Dr Ruwan Fernando (Obstetrician and Urogynecologist in Imperial College - NHS trust) who led the group of talented musicians: Mr Rohan Fernando (Civil Engineer), Professor Sisira Terrence Perera (Assistant Dean of Sheffield Hallam University) and Visharadha Sayuri Serasinghe (trainee solicitor).

Then the 'Sing Along' that we all were eagerly waiting for, started! We enjoyed singing for two hours and then it was time for dinner: yellow rice with, kirikos, batu moju, pol sambol, achcharu, fried cashew nuts, fish ambul thiyal & chicken curry, prepared carefully by Devians in Sri Lankan style was appreciated by the guests. Dinner was limited to an hour as the programme was very tight. At the end of the second session of singing, it was time to dance the Baila! Everyone had fun dancing away to popular songs and music.

Finally, it was time for the vote of thanks. Malathie mentioned that this was Devi Balika's second Paduru party and thanked Dr Ruwan Fernando, Mr Rohan Fernando and Professor Sisira Terrence Perera for supporting us on both occasions. She thanked the young singer, Visharadha Sayuri Serasinghe for contributing her beautiful voice as the one and only trained female singer that evening. Malathie thanked the Devians, other friends who supported the event, her husband Wasantha and the enthusiastic, lively participants without whom this event would not have been such a success.

The funds raised at this event will go towards our Scholarship project which supports Devi undergraduates in Sri Lanka who have serious financial difficulties.

Photographs by Karunaseeli Somasiri
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