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Dialog Foundation, Shangri-La help revive dreams of children affected by Easter blasts in Kochchikade

  Highlights from the event
Highlights from the event

In an effort to inspire and revive the dreams of the children affected by the tragic incidents in Kochchikade which occurred on Easter Sunday, Rally to Care initiative by Dialog Foundation and the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo launched a unique programme, where more than 70 affected children were

brought together for a day of fun activities and entertainment, at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo.

Also present at the event were popular musicians and representatives from the Catholic Church who all contributed towards this cause.

Fr. Prasad Harshana, who spoke about how children should come together to create hope and reshape the future of our country, said, “You need to be prepared to make your dreams a reality and commit to it. We believe you have the strength to do so.”

Surprising the gathering, singer Sanuka Wickremasinghe joined in during a performance by an attendee and was subsequently joined by artists Bathiya and Santhush, further enhancing the experience for participants. During the programme, the children excitedly took part in sing-alongs and spent the day with their music idols, which was a whole new experience for them.

Speaking of his childhood dreams, singer Bathiya Jayakody said “We all have different kinds of difficulties, but the challenge is to overcome them. That is the real victory.”

The children were excited to share their dreams with their beloved stars, and singer Santhush Weeraman, commenting on the dream of a young boy, said, “I think we should talk about one more dream here. That’s the dream to be an entrepreneur. Today, a successful

entrepreneur is an asset to the country. Often, we see a businessman as a money-maker, but that’s not the case. A successful entrepreneur looks for answers to overcome social issues. The answer may be a product or a service. Through this, he causes a positive social impact. The first goal of an entrepreneur is not to make money but to identify and address the real needs of society. Its success will make a difference in your future. Therefore, first, you need to identify who you are.”

Parish Priest of St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade Rev. Fr. Jude Raj Fernando said, “Children are our future. It is our responsibility to create a safe environment for them. I extend my sincere gratitude to all children who attended the event, Dialog Foundation’s Rally to Care initiative and the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo as well as to all who participated today.” The Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo and Rally to Care initiative delighted the group of children with a star-class experience along with multiple interactive and entertaining activities to provide them with the inspiration needed to secure their dreams.

The Rally to Care initiative together with its partners World Vision Lanka, Sarvodaya, My Doctor, Vision Care and Ratmalana Audiology Centre, will continue its relief disbursement efforts.

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