Are you willing to "... wipe the tears of at least one girl child ..."?
These women are strong. They are cheerful. They are determined. Yes, despite their disability or slow learning capacity. Determined to equip themselves with a skill and fend for themselves without having to depend on their families. These are the 40 young girls and women who undergo training at the Sukitha Vocational Training Centre in Horana.
The Centre teaches crafts such as sewing, weaving, agriculture and gardening, bead jewellery making, hair dressing, greeting cards-making. The girls live over at the Sukitha Home across the road. So why is the Zonta Club II is involved with the institution?
A visit to the Centre provides the answer: while it is as well-maintained as possible, it is badly in need of new furniture, equipment and better facilities.
The weaving centre for instance needs upgrading, threads and materials. The gardening group needs a greenhouse and improved irrigation facilities. The hair and beauty centre can do with better equipment and training methods, the kitchen needs upgrading and equipment.
Most of all, however, the Centre could benefit from new and improved teaching methods across all skills, and while funds are being raised to develop and improve infrastructure as well, it is in teacher training that Zonta Club II sees itself making that much needed difference.
In order to continue to raise the much required funds, Club II is organizing "Fly me to the Moon", a charity ball to be held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel on February 12. All funds raised at this occasion will supplement the monies that were already generated at its Sing Along in August 2010.
Fly Me to the Moon! is set to be a scintillating affair with Mirage and Black Velvet and guest artistes the De Lanerolle Brothers all ready to up the tempo. There are air tickets and other prizes to be won too. Tickets are priced at Rs 4,500. It's a chance to enjoy the evening and above all, make a difference.
Ladies' College OGA Founders Day
The Ladies' College Old Girls' Association will commemorate Founders Day on Saturday, February 12 with a communion service in the School Chapel at 11 a.m.
This will be followed by a lunch in the Old Hall. Tickets for the lunch, priced at Rs. 800 can be purchased from the school office.
Colombo, Colombo at Tower Hall
Indika Ferdinando's award winning play 'Colombo Colombo' will be staged at the Tower Hall, Maradana on Monday, January 31 at 3.30 p.m and 6.30 p.m.
The play won seven awards -it was adjudged Best Play of the Year; Ferdinando won Best Playwright and Best Director while Anasuya Subasinghe received the award for Best Performance -Female at the National Theatre Festival 2010.
Tickets for this tragi-comedy are available at Sarasavi Bookshop, Nugegoda, Sadeepa Bookshop, Borella and at the Elphinstone and Tower Hall theatres.
Lecture on Buddhist heritage
“Buddhist heritage of the Eastern Province as depicted in Sanskrit inscriptions", a lecture by Ven. Prof. Induragare Dhammaratana Thera, Head, Department of Sanskrit, University of Kelaniya will be held on Monday, January 31 at 5 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7.
This lecture the sixth in the Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Lecture Series is presented by the Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka (RASSL). All are welcome.
Two GLF writers at BC
Following the Galle Literary festival, the British Council will present sessions with two British writers whose visits were sponsored by the Council.
Jill Dawson will read from her latest novel 'The Great Lover' and share her experiences on the perils and pleasures of writing stories based on fact on Tuesday, February 1 at 6 p.m. at the British Council Hall. Entrance is free.
Sandra Jensen will conduct a workshop for Aspiring Writers 'Do you dream of being published' on Wednesday February 2 from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. The entrance fee is Rs 200 and prior registration is required. For more details contact 011-4521521.
Supiri Mal Dakma has a lot to offer
The Supiri Mal Dakma Exhibition and sale of plants will be held on February 4, 5 and 6 at the Viharamahadevi Park from 9 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. daily.
Newly imported ornamental plants, vegetable plants, herbs, fruit plants, terracotta/ornamental pots, mini gardens vegetable/Flower seeds, Agro Chemicals, Fertilizer, stamps and coins will be available at this exhibition.
Rose plants will be given to the winners of lucky entrance ticket draws every hour.
This plants show is organized by Punya Kathriarachchi.
Nature enthusiasts don’t miss this exciting opportunity
“Nature Trail 2011, a residential workshop organized by Senkadagala Photo Circle, from February 11 to 13, will focus on the cloud forests of Horton Plains.
Participants will be provided accommodation in the new dormitory, at Horton Plains National Park and they will have the opportunity of getting acquainted with wildlife and nature photography, wildlife conservation and the fauna and flora of vibrant cloud forests.
This workshop comprises four tours of photography and nature studies in the evenings and mornings, presentations, discussions and group work. Veteran wildlife and nature photographers, experts of the Department of Wild Life Conservation and environmentalists/naturalists will be the resource persons.
Registration is strictly limited to 50 participants.
The nominal registration fee will include transportation to and from Horton Plains National Park, accommodation and regular meals and refreshments from lunch on February 11 to lunch on the 13th. This event is organized in collaboration with the Department of Wildlife Conservation of Sri Lanka
Contact Vijitha (077-3641499) or Ranjith (071 - 4460907) of Senkadagala Photo Circle for more details.