Twenty two of our workshops celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year with traditional sweet meats, sports and games combined with much fun and laughter!
To commemorate World Oral Health Day which fell on the 20th of March, the Ministry of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine in collaboration with Government Dental Surgeons’ Association planned a series of oral health events island wide under the theme of ‘Think Mouth – Think Health. Through this programme twenty seven participants and twenty five parents from our Kobeigane and Kuliyapitiya workshops were treated to a free dental examination and treatment and took home a free toothbrush courtesy of Peoples Bank Kuliyapitiya.
On the evening of the 27th of January 2018, Greenpath Colombo 07 was lined up with over ten food stalls selling a variety of delicious street food, desserts and drinks all in aid of Sunera Foundation! The students of the Colombo School of Arts and Sciences organized a food fest as a school community project to raise funds for a worthy cause. Thank you to the Principal and students of Colombo School of Arts and Sciences who organized this fantastic food festival in aid of Sunera Foundation and for all their hard work to make the target!
A Classical Trio’ – March 2018
Samanalayaya Drama Festival 2018
Date & Time
|Municipal Council Hall , Weligama
Matara, Akuressa,Weligama & Kamburupitiya workshops
|12th January 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Hindu Cultural Center Hall , Kandy
Mawanella, Katugastota & Kandy workshops
|16th January 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Town Hall, Panadura
Horana, Aluthgama & Panadura workshops
|24th January 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Sudasuna Hall, Chilaw
Chilaw, Puttalam & Anamaduwa workshops
|29th January 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Yovun Nikethanaya Hall, Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura, Thirappane, Palugaswewa & Kekirawa Workshops
|08th February 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Hall de Galle, Galle
Galle & Imaduwa workshops
|15th February 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Town Hall, Kuliyapitiya
Kurunegala, Kuliyapitiya, Kobeigane & Horombawa workshops
|19th February 2018 at 3.30pm|
|S D S Jayasingha Hall, Dehiwala
Dehiwala, Homagama and Maharagama workshops
|23rd February 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Town Hall, Negombo
Negombo, Wattala & Horagolla workshops
|28th February 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Finals- Lionel Wendt Colombo 07||16th May 2018 at 7.00pm|
Our participants of the Jaffna workshop held their annual theater performance on the 3rd of August 2017 at the Kallayagam Auditorium Jaffna. A short drama and three dance items were presented by the children and were enjoyed by all who were present.
The very first theatrical performance by our participants in Mannar to the stage on the 4th of August, just one year after the start of the workshop. It was a proud and emotional moment for all as it was the first time a performance of this nature took place in the war torn city of Mannar.
Talent Show for the differently-abled
Our participants in Matara, Kamburupitiya and Anamaduwa were invited to be a part of the talent shows organized by the Divisional Secretariat of their hometowns and took the stage with ease, showing their talents and capabilities to their local communities.
Christmas Carols and Festive Cheer
Our participants in the Plantation sector, Wattala workshop and Kandy workshop held Christmas programmes during the month of December 2017. The participants danced, sang carols and presented evenings of festive cheer to the many who attended. The Plantations and Wattala programmes were organized by the Parents Committees of the workshops and the Kandy programme was organized by the Millenium Elephant Foundation, Kandy.
Training with Daniel Foley
Ten of our trainers participated in a Drama and Performance training workshop with British dramatist Daniel Foley in September 2017. This was a unique experience which taught our trainers drama, movement and voicing techniques.
‘Young and Easy’ – an evening of poetry and prose to celebrate the work of one of the twentieth century’s great writers: Dylan Thomas, was hosted by the British Council in aid of Sunera Foundation on the 22nd and 27th of October 2017 at the British Council Library. It was an enjoyable evening and our thanks to Gareth Armstrong, John Griffiths and the British Council Colombo for their time and support.
A Fashion Show with a difference, brought together a unique collection of exotic handmade jewellery perfectly matched with an exclusive range of beautifully crafted sarees and clothing modeled and showcased for the audience while dining to the delicacies of the Hilton Colombo High Tea. Colours of the Silk Road brought together an exclusive collection of hand crafted jewels by Kadambari Jewels and a matching collection of hand woven sarees and eastern ware by Rithihi in aid of Sunera Foundation, on the 27th of November 2017, 5 p.m at the Hilton Colombo.
A huge thank you to Kadambari Jewelry, and Rithihi for their partnership, generous support and hard work towards making our fundraiser ‘Colours of the Silk Road’ a success!
Thank you also to our premier sponsor The Hilton Colombo, media partners Wijeya Newspapers Ltd Daily Mirror, The Sunday Times and HI! Magazine and TV, event partner, Event Productions (Pvt) Ltd. salon partners Salon KESS and creative partner Bates Strategic Alliance Sri Lanka for their generous support towards the event and our work always.
And to our audience who made the time to be there…. Thank you!
In collaboration with the Indian Cultural Centre Colombo, Sunera Foundation hosted the students and teachers of the Shankar Foundation, India in Colombo to perform a musical theatrical, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Held on the 23rd of August 2017 at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, it was an evening to remember for both Foundations. Directed by famous Indian Actress, Isha Chawla, the children of Shankar Foundation performed with ease and talent as they acted the story of the Seagull who dared to be different and follow his dreams. Shankar Foundation is an NGO based in Hyderabad which nurtures minds, souls and spirits of children with disabilities.
Sunera Foundation performed a dance item at the production. The evening was well appreciated by the audience.
After 10 years of partnership, with much gratitude for the support and dedication to the work of Sunera Foundation, we bid farewell to our good friends FSF (Friends of Sunera Foundation, U.K) as they wind down their operations.
The Friends of Sunera Foundation, U.K started in 2006 with one aim – to raise funds for Sunera Foundation. Since then, FSF has always been our biggest supporter and have been true ‘Friends of Sunera’ over the past decade. Despite many challenges, FSF continued their fundraising efforts with much dedication. Their hard work has resulted in them raising a phenomenal amount of money in support of our work. This has been the backbone of our existence. FSF funds have supported the majority of our workshops, five issues of the Sinhala and Tamil provincial newsletters, and T-shirts for our trainers and participants; FSF also saw to completion two programmes of speech and language therapy. To do all this, they have obtained funds from U.K based trusts and ably assisted in fundraising events in aid of Sunera Foundation, as well as providing a focus for their many regular donors. We are indeed grateful.