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Eastern Flood Appeal Update - Over £1,000 raised in a week...
KEEP GIVING TO OUR EASTERN FLOOD APPEAL
Your generosity has so far allowed us to supply a thousand pounds worth of materials for the devastated eastern region of Sri Lanka. Purchasing items in Colombo the local Tamil Students Union have been packing the goods with Serendip volunteers, including our Chairperson, and transporting them to the region.
Although the flood waters will eventually recede the damage will not. As much as a fifth of the country's rice crop and an estimated 80% of it in and around Batticaloa has been destroyed. A quarter of a million livestock is thought to have been lost and a similar number of acres of agricultural land. Not only is there a looming food crisis, potential disease due to polluted water and homes ruined but the region's businesses and livelihoods are now under jeopardy. The implications could last for years.
Whilst other NGO's are trying to help and Temples in the Diaspora are donating generously we can help right there right now! Every penny you give will go directly to the affected people of the region. Please go to our Just Giving site and give a little (or a lot!) now! Visit www.justgiving.com/easternfloodappeal and press the donate button now!
Eastern Flood Appeal - An Emergency Appeal as Batticaloa is flooded!
KEEP GIVING TO OUR EASTERN FLOOD APPEAL
Record rain fall in and around the Eastern Sri Lankan town of Batticaloa has displaced over 300,000 people and left 23 dead. Farmland has been flooded and rice fields destroyed. Thousands of those who fled the flooding are staying in camps on higher ground but even there some have been flooded. Lack of fresh water threatens disease, food supplies are short and livelihoods will be destroyed.
Government Agencies are struggling to help and the UN say that up to a million people have been affected.After suffering so much in the last few years we believe its' time the world helped these people out.We want you to donate to our 'Eastern Flood Appeal' by clicking on the donate button at www.justgiving.com/easternfloodappeal. We will distribute the monies raised through trusted local organisations that are helping on the ground to help their basic needs.
Serendip's Annual Dinner & Dance Fundraiser - Yes, it's that time again...
As Christmas draws nearer, we at Serendip are preparing for our 2nd Annual Fundraiser.
This last year has seen us reach some incredible milestones as we strive to bring assistance to disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka. The evening is a chance to recognise and thank all those who have made this possible, to show our supporters what has been achieved already, and to think on the challenges in the year ahead.
We have much to celebrate as we ask you to join us for an evening of delightful food and wine and enjoy entertainment by the finalists of the ‘Serendip Superstar Search’. Following 6 weeks of auditions, the 5 finalists will perform live in front of 200 guests & a televised audience for the title of ‘Serendip Superstar 2010’. The evening will be hosted by Deepam TV’s Pratheepan Punithaseelan and select guest speakers and a message from the Chairperson. A raffle drawn by the winner and a set by DJ Liquid Heaven (www.djliquidheaven.com) will close the evening.
Adults £20 (family tickets available)
Friday 19th November
7pm to 11.30pm
Chingford Assembly Hall
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Serendip Superstar 2010! - The search is on...
Do you have what it takes to become Serendip Superstar 2010?
We’re looking for individuals or groups with a talent for singing, dancing or other performance arts
Live finals: Friday 19th November
To enter, please send:
- Audition video clip (no longer than 10 mins)
- Cheque / postal order for £10 per entry
- 50 word bio about yourself / group
The winner will receive a goody bag & the opportunity to represent Serendip at future events. In recognition of all of your efforts, you may request a letter of recommendation from the Chairperson of Serendip Children's Home
Winner will be announced at Serendip’s televised Annual at Chingford Assembly Hall following performances from the final 5, chosen from the audition stages
Please send all entries to:
Serendip Children's Home
34 Brightling Road,
London, SE4 1SQ
Video clips can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 08th November
Serendip is now on Just Giving, the largest community of online charity supporters in the world!
Serendip Children's Home is now on Just Giving, the largest online community of charity supporters in the world. Currently with 8 million users, we hope to raise our profile while making it easy and transparent for anyone to support us.
To make an online donation, please click on the link below:
We will be running a number of sponsored events next year and you will be able to support these through our Just Giving page also.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have donated of their time and money; for your generosity over the last year, thank you again.
TV Appearance - Chairperson to appear on Deepam TV
The Chairperson of Serendip Children's Home, Ms. Trisha Selvaratnam, will be appearing on Deepam TV on Friday 13th August from 8.30am to 9.30am. The program is 'Santhipu' and will be broadcast live in 27 countries, repeated later in the day. Interviewer, P. Pardheepan, will also be accepting questions from viewers.
Trisha will be answering questions on Serendip Children's Home; the motivation behind the project, the achievements of the charity to date, our immediate and long-term goals an our proposals for achieving this. Trisha will also be explaining the different ways you too can support these children.
Please tune in and show your support.
Christmas Launch Party... the aftermath
Thursday 10th December 2009 marked the official launch of Serendip Children's Home. The occasion was celebrated at Chingford Assembly Hall, London.
Thank you to everyone who helped make Serendip's Launch Party such a resounding success! 200+ guests and volunteers came together for an evening to raise awareness of the Sri Lankan situation and the work of Serendip. We had a fantastic evening of live entertainment with music, dancing and theatre. Guests enjoyed a lavish 3 course meal and drinks. One of the highlights of the evening was a raffle with the top prize of a Nintendo Wii won by 14 year old Samantha Pyke.
The evening kicked off with a moving performance by the Sakthi Fine Arts; 18 girls staged a dance / theatre show addressing issues currently facing the children of Sri Lanka. The hopeful message at the end - the brighter future our own charity could offer some of these children in need - was poignant in its execution. Congratulations and thank you to Anushka and her girls.
Mr. Peter Carroll, a trustee, and Ms. Rajini Iqbal, a long term supporter and advisor, gave the initial speeches bringing the audience up to speed on the situation in Sri Lanka, its development through the years and the current post-conflict issues currently facing the country. The guests enjoyed a classic Bharatanatyam dance performance by the highly accomplished Gerubaleny Gopal. Her grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses brought the dance to life.
Ms. Trisha Selvaratnam, the Chairman of the Board, and Mrs. Josie Marshall, supporter of our charity, gave the final speeches, highlighting the achievements of Serendip to date and suggesting ways for others to help.
The evening concluded with a lively Bollywood fusion dance performance from Abyniyah Vijakumaran, Priyanka Louis Montfort and Geethu Vijayakumaran. The classic training the girls had received was clear in the quality of their routines. Thank you girls!
Finally, you can check out coverage of the event on Thamari.com and Facebook:
We raised over £4,000 on the night towards the construction of the children's home in Sri Lanka. Thank you again to everyone involved in making this such a wonderful evening.
For further information on how to become involved, please contact us at email@example.com
Christmas Launch Party! - Countdown... 14 days left...
The final preparations for the Serendip Launch Party are well underway. We currently have 150 confirmed guests with just 50 tickets available. Mrs. Ranchethamalar Rajaratnam’s and her daughter at Palm Restaurant are busy preparing for the huge feast. The Artists are rehearsing hard for their opportunity to represent their various art forms well.
The generous donations for the raffle are mounting with a Nintendo Wii & games up for grabs, along with £120 worth of IMAX tickets, champagne, chocolates, and so on... and every ticket purchased qualifies 1 entry into the draw.
So far, we have received over £4,000 worth of donations towards hosting this event and for this we are grateful. Your spirit has been inspiring. Thank you friends.
The itinerary for the evening has been finalised now:
7:30 Drinks Reception
8:00 Opening Ceremony
8:10 Sakthi Fine Arts - Junior Youth Group
8:20 Charity Presentation
8:30 Dinner (Sri Lankan Cuisine)
9:15 Charity Presentation
9:20 Traditional Sri Lankan Dance
9:30 Sri Lankan Fusion Dance
9:40 DJ ‘til late - Modern / Urban
For tickets, contact us via this site or call:
Robert: 07947 893 610
Yvonne: 07940 509 432
We're looking forward to seeing you all there.
Countdown to the Christmas Party - the day of our official charity launch...
We are lining up an evening of entertainment; a snapshot of Sri Lanka, home to our girls. This will include music, dance and just a little theatre.
In the spirit of Christmas and our own charitable aims, we hope to raise the profile of orphaned children in Sri Lanka and the means by which we can all help.
Here's a suggestion.... why don't you take a table of 10 - that's 10 people you REALLY want to spend time with at Christmas - 10 people you want to go for a meal with - 10 people you want to entertain. A lavish, original and engaging night out.
All proceeds will go towards the construction of the children's home.
Further details will be posted as we iron out the details.
Happy Birth Day! - A Dream Came True...
Serendip Children's Home finally came into fruition at the end of May 2009, the dreams and ambitions of Trisha Selvaratnam.
In the past 5 weeks we have achieved the following:
- Board of 7 Trustees established in the UK
- Executive committee of 5 established in Sri Lanka
- Funds raised for land purchase
- Land identified (0.4 acres in Northern Sri Lanka)
- Sale agreed (awaiting completion)
- Sponsorship of 25 children secured (of 50)
We still have a long way to go before we can say we're truly established including:
- Raising funds for the building construction
- Securing sponsorship for a further 25 children
- Training staff to a high level of competency
Serendip Children's home would like to thank friends old and new, who are working selflessly and with admirable spirit to support us. We look forward to seeing you all at the Christmas Charity Fundraiser (details T.B.C.).
If you'd like to find out about how YOU can help, or you have ideas, suggestions, comments that you'd like to share with us, please do contact us. We'd love to hear from you!