Shanthi Foundation black tie dinner dance

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“One single light can both define and defy the darkness”. With these words the Chairman and Founder of Shanthi Foundation, Dr Suharsha Kanathigoda ignite the “Light of Hope” candle and the committee members pass on the flame to the guests and the ball room softly comes to light in the glow of one hundred candles. The Shanthi foundation black tie dinner dance officially begin.

The Shanthi Foundation black tie dinner dance to raise funds to build the world’s first Eco-friendly Palliative Care Hospital in Anuradhapura Sri Lanka and the first Palliative Care Hospital in Sri Lanka, was held on 3rd November 2018 at the Liverpool Catholic Club at Prestons.

Four hundred and eighty-five guests arrived from all corners of New South Wales. The gentleman looked dashing in their crisp white shirts and black-tie suits and the ladies were enchanting and elegant as always.

Among the honourable dignitaries were Mrs Himalee Arunathileke (Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Australia) & husband Nayana, Mr Lal Wickramatunga (Sri Lankan Consul General Sydney) and representatives of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and Australian National University (ANU).

Dr Kanathigoda’s message was powerful as he highlighted the dire need to bring hope to those suffering from life limiting illnesses like CKDu and Cancer, especially in the north, eastern and north central provinces of Sri Lanka. He also shared news of the Memorandum of Understanding that has been signed with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health and a 2-acre block of land allocated by the Sri Lankan government for the building of the Shanthi Palliative Care Hospital in Anuradhapura. Dr. Knathigoda also mentioned the signing of the Government Cabinet Paper approving the Shanthi Hospital project and the confirmed completion of the architectural design of the hospital.

A record-breaking AU$ 275,000 was raised on the night in donations and pledges! The emcee duties were handled by Shanthi’s own Senani Gunasekara with Malka Bakes lending her voice to support the aspirations of the foundation. The Shanthi committee worked tirelessly with the very capable Sonja Gunasekara leading the team to ensure every detail was precisely executed.

We wish to say a heartfelt “Thank You” to our event sponsor Jehan Fernando from First Royal Holdings, RHJ International and PGH Bricks for the sponsoring the table deco, Event 360 for an amazing sound and lighting  experience, Thanuja Wijesekara for the photography, Project 21 for the videography, KAMIS for their fabulous musical extravaganza, Liverpool Catholic Club for their efficient and professional guest service, all the generous sponsors and businesses that donated for the event.

Last but not at the least, a mighty “Thank You” to four hundred and eighty-five selfless and compassionate guests that came together to make an extraordinary task possible and a successful event!

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