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Tamil Union of Herts: BIG WEEKEND for Oru Paanai

Queens School in Bushey was the venue for the Big Weekend function organised by the Tamil Union of Herts to raise funds for Oru Paanai over the 9th / 10th July weekend.


On the 9th, a large, appreciative audience of over 150 enjoyed a grand feast of Tamil music, dance and drama presented by a large group of artistes, both young and old (ages ranging from 8 to 80). The acts included bharatha natyam, vocal, the harmonica, flute and saxophone to mention but a few.


The highlight of the evening was a very humorous play, Horoscope, presented by Mano Master, the doyenne of Tamil stage actors in the UK.


An evening of entertainment was rounded off with a great musical interlude, consisting of several vocal acts, in which a large number of highly enthusiastic and talented amateur singers participated.


Dr. S.V. Devendra, Secretary Oru Paanai, made a passionate and eloquent speech in English and Tamil about the plight of the hungry children in Sri Lanka and the work of Oru Paanai.


Logan Rasiah was the master of ceremonies whose infectious enthusiasm and organisational ability ensured that the show was a tremendous success. The audience of well wishers then enjoyed a sumptuous vegetarian dinner, kindly sponsored by a OruPaanai committee member in memory of his late mother.


On Sunday the 10th, a large group of members of the Tamil Union of Herts enjoyed a delicious kool feast, followed by a barbecue.


All in all, a great time was had by all present, and a handsome sum of £2000 was raised for Oru Paanai, for which the OP Committee is extremely grateful to the Tamil Union of Herts. It is the collective effort of so many sympathisers that enables the OP to sponsor the midday meals of over 20,000 school children PER DAY in the most impoverished parts of Northeast Sri Lanka.

Dr.K.Nandhabalan and Dr.N.Sriskantharajah


An Evening to Remember - Friday 21st of January 2011

A fabulous evening of dinner and musical entertainment was enjoyed by an appreciative crowd of about 100 people in the church hall of St Michael’s in Stourbridge.


The feast was catered for by a team of ladies led by Janet Brooks. The cuisine included Sri Lankan rice and curry. There were also softer options for the not so brave like steak and kidney pie and lasagne!


The main attraction was the Midlands singing star, Maggie O’Hara. She had the whole audience captivated and enthralled with her scintillating voice rendering pop and old favourites.


The event raised a goodly £1100 for Oru Paanai.

An exhilarating Rugby Event ….

Come November, and it was the turn of the Midlands to host an Oru Paanai fund raiser. Even the icy roads and the arctic temperatures did not deter the organisers who laid on a concert by the South Asian Music Youth Orchestra (SAMYO) in Benn Hall, Rugby on the 28th of November 2010.

Undaunted by the modest size of the audience, due to the inclement weather, the young musicians played brilliantly on a variety of instruments, ably led by their Guest Conductor, Gaurav Mazumdar. Their wide repertoire included Bollywood, Carnatic, Bengali and Western Classical music. All present agreed that it had been an exhilarating and uplifting performance, worthy of a much larger audience.

The Rugby event was made possible by the hard work put in by Tom Tharmaratnam, a long time resident of Rugby and Dr. Nadarajah Rajakumaran, both being members of the Oru Paanai committee. Despite the small size of the audience, a sum of over £1,000 was raised for Oru Paanai, thanks to contributions from many friends of OP, who were deterred from attending by the unseasonal weather.

The organisers, who hope to stage an event in Rugby on an annual basis, were also convinced that the SAMYO concert had helped to raise the awareness of Oru Paanai amongst the members of the diaspora living in the Midlands. We hope that future events will draw a larger audience and thus help swell the Oru Paanai coffers, and enable us to provide a square meal a day to more hungry school children in Northeast Sri Lanka.

A Ball for the Young, by the Young ….

Chandeliers and Silk – an intriguingly titled Oru Paanai event – was held on the 9th of October 2010 in the grand venue of Porchester Hall in central London. The title of the event, as we learnt later, alluded to the magnificent chandeliers that adorned the hall, and the brilliant fashion show laid on by PK Delmaar, a bright young Sri Lankan Tamil fashion designer, Parthepan Kuganesan.

The 250 or so guests who graced the event, enjoyed the evening tremendously, and many were already asking the organisers when the next Oru Paanai charity ball was going to be held. The whole event had been brilliantly planned by the young organising team, led by Vidya Thavamohankanthi, Abi Subanandan and Indu Smith, ably assisted by Prashanth Nandhabalan and many other friends. The parents of the youngsters also did their bit, hovering anxiously in the background and stepping in to help when necessary!

It was agreed by all present that the evening was a great success, with high quality catering, superb entertainment, and a great ambience created by the hall itself and the tasteful décor. Much of the cost of laying on this show was met by the generous donation of their services by all the entertainers, supplemented by sponsorship from all the advertisers drawn from a wide variety of businesses. The event raised an impressive sum of over £5,000 for Oru Paanai, and the young organisers are to be congratulated for their stellar efforts. More strength to their collective elbow!

Musical Concert In Stourbridge
A Lauda Concert was held at the Hanbury Hill Baptist Church in Stourbridge on the 17th of April 2010 to a local audience of about 100 people. The Lauda Chamber Choir composed of talented singers from the reputed West Midlands’ Ex Cathedra singers gave an evening of delightful entertainment.
They sang a mixture of traditional music, including works by Byrd and Purcell, and also popular music from the musicals. A handsome £895 pounds was raised.
Our grateful thanks to Anthony Dean and the Lauda Chamber Choir who gave a free performance. We thank the pastor and congregation of Hanbury Hill Baptist Church for supporting the work of Oru Paanai.
Carnatic Music Fest  leads to massive fund boost

A glorious evening of carnatic music provided by a group of highly talented Tamil  youngsters has resulted in a massive cash injection into the Oru Paanai  project.

Winston Churchill Hall in Ruislip was the venue for this wonderful event where four young musicians, Yatheesan Selvakumar (Flute), Achuthan Sripathmanathan (Violin), Meenachchy Premakumar (Veena) and Senthuran Premakumar (Mridangam), entertained a large and appreciative audience for nearly three  hours.

Many in the audience commented on the near professional quality of the music produced by the 4 youngsters, all of whom are doing well in secondary or higher  education, despite which they had made time to reach such high standards in their  musical careers. 

The whole event on the 21st of June was laid on by the parents of the youngsters, who unstintingly provided food and drink to the entire audience, in addition to  paying for all other expenses including hall hire. These 3 families were well supported  by enthusiastic friends and family members who pitched in to help in all aspects of  the function.

As a result of their magnanimous gesture, all the money raised from the sale of  tickets, about £9,000, was donated to the Oru Paanai funds. A truly magnificent  gesture, which was greatly appreciated by the Oru Paanai members.

Pedalling Prof and Son swell Oru Paanai coffers

A gruelling bicycle ride across the Pennines has boosted the Oru Paanai fund by over a thousand pounds. Prof. Swaminathan from the Dept. of Chemical Pathology in St. Thomas’ Medical School, and his son Ramesh, a Cardiff undergraduate, were the  heroic duo who undertook this bicycle ride from Whitehaven in Cumbria to  Tynemouth over 4 days from the 30th of August to raise funds for our charity.

They rode across the hills by day and spent the nights in B&Bs along the way, covering a distance of around 140 miles in the process. They were sponsored  generously by many of their friends and family, resulting in a handsome pot of over  a thousand pounds, with more pledges to come in the near future.

Prof. Swaminathan has undertaken several such rides for a variety of charities in the  past and we wish him well for continued success in his future charity endeavours as  well.

Oru Paanai - feeding hungry children in Sri Lanka
Charity no: 1136376

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