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Looking at these children having the time of their lives, one wouldn’t imagine that they come from backgrounds that have not always been easy. These young children from the MJF Charitable Foundation’s centre in Moratuwa spent a happy Saturday at a special performance with the Country Roads singers, who will also perform today at the Hilton Colombo for the 25th anniversary celebration of Country Roads, Sri Lanka’s only country music concert.
Bob Livingstone, Astrid Brooke and The Mavericks from Germany performed at the centre yesterday for a delighted audience of children from the foundation. The MJF Charitable Foundation is a CSR initiative by the MJF Group; the Moratuwa centre aims primarily to work with special needs children from the area. The MJF Centre provides qualified care for special needs children six days a week, with programmes ranging from physiotherapy, speech therapy and other engaging activities. It also provides educational and vocational training facilities for children from disadvantaged families in the area.
Bob, who flew into the country on Friday night along with the other international performers, was thrilled to be back amongst the kids once more, saying, “I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in your neck of the woods so, in a way, it’s like coming home. Anything that helps the future of children is high on my list of priorities, so I can’t wait to meet and play for the kids too.”
The three international acts will be joined tonight by local legends Mariazelle and the Cosmic Rays for a memorable performance at the Hilton Colombo Grand Ballroom from 6.30pm onwards. This year’s concert proceeds will be directed towards a joint Government-UNICEF project to build three juvenile courthouses for children. (Tickets are available at the venue)
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