music for a cause
By Ruwanthi Herat Gunaratne
What do you get when you mix a bunch
of professional and amateur musicians, a horde of enthusiastic Interactors
and a common goal together?
it all together; The Intractors from St. Joseph's and the
An evening of
music and dance guaranteed to thrill the living daylights out of
is set to do just that. The brainchild of the Interactors of The
British School in Colombo and St. Joseph's College, Expressions
is to be an evening of entertainment to hit the stage of the BMICH
on August 25. The proceeds of the show are in aid of Ma Sevena,
a home for teenage mothers which currently functions under the banner
objective is to collect funds for the benefit of the home, but we
also hope to promote young and talented artistes from a variety
of schools. So our line-up will include not only professionals but
also amateurs in instrumentals and solo acts as well.
professionals set to perform are Antonio's Dance Circle, Independence
Square, Delaine Joseph and Wildfire. The amateurs include Dushyanth
Weeraman, Nadine Samarasinghe, Chrishantha Perera, Power Failure,
Quelled Turmoil and Mevan.
Ma Sevena is a safe haven
for teenage girls who have become victims of sexual abuse.
of a proper place to house these children has been greatly
felt. At present, these victimised girls are sent to detention
homes where children in conflict with law are kept, but this
is not an ideal surrounding for them to live in. These places
have no facilities to refer them to hospitals or even provide
guardians to take care of their legal remedies. These unfortunate
girls need counselling, a safe place to live, medical care
and an environment suitable for their rehabilitation. They
find all these at Ma Sevena.
Nadine and Delaine, this is an ideal opportunity to use their talents
for the benefit of other youngsters whose circumstances have not
been as favourable as theirs. Nadine is due to perform Celine Dion's
hit song "It's all coming back to me now" and is bound
to do it justice.
and Mevan all have solid musical backgrounds. As past members of
the St. Joseph's College Choir, they've learnt the fine art of music.
Shanil is a part of "Debators Inc." a band which will
perform "Somebody to Love", "The Show must Go on"
and Bonjovi's "Always". Mevan will perform "Wonder
of You" and "Always on my Mind". The thirty-something
organising committee are all enthusiastic about 'Ma Sevena', their
cause. "These are children who are all around our age yet they
are so far from the security and contentment that we take for granted.
It's our only way of giving hope for the future for children who
know nothing but pain."
This is also
incidentally the very first "big" project undertaken by
the Interact Club of the British School in Colombo. According to
Maheshika de Alwis, the Co-Producer from the British School, it
has been a wonderful experience. Shalindra Weeratunge, the co-producer
from St. Joseph's College echoes her sentiments.
The event is
sponsored by Elephant House, Sampath Bank and Lady Lace Fashions.
The Sunday Times and Yes FM provide the Media Sponsorship.