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For the third year running, Rashantha Devanesan organised a sale of her beautiful handmade jewellery.  This year the sale was at St Anne's, Soho on 17 October 2015.  A steady stream of eager customers enjoyed looking at the unique and stunning items for sale, trying them on and choosing the pieces that were just right for them.  Rashantha was at hand to explain about the origins of the original antique and vintage elements from India, Morocco, Indonesia, China and, of course, Sri Lanka, which had “reborn” as contemporary, wearable jewellery.  With tea and cakes available to aid decision making and enhance the pleasure of becoming the owner of something very special, there was a friendly buzz throughout the day.  Very many thanks to Rashantha and her team of helpers for their hard work.  Rashantha made a generous donation of over £1,100 from the proceeds of the sale.  This will fund new Sunera T-shirts for all 1,200 SF workshop participants and smart polo shirts for the workshop leaders.

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FSF's Christmas 2014 appeal raises nearly £2,000

FSF's third Christmas appeal aimed to help workshops in the tea-plantation districts, up in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. These workshops had been funded by the Norwegian government, but that funding was coming to an end, as Norway moved on to fund other projects.

The plantation workshops cost more to provide than elsewhere £2,000 a year each because of the running costs of the minibus (donated by the Indian government) needed to transport participants from their scattered rural communities. The great poverty experienced by families in the plantation areas makes it even more difficult for them to cope with their disabled youngsters; Sunera is a lifeline for them.

There are five workshops in the plantation districts. Thanks to Rashantha Devanesan€™s jewellery sales in Colombo and London, funding was already available for two in 2015. Sunera hoped to fund one from Sri Lankan sources, and FSF was confident that we would be able to fund a fourth from a grant promised by a trust. We appealed to our supporters to help us make up the shortfall so the future of all five workshops was secured€“ and their generosity yielded £1,925.

 

FSF Patron'€™s feat of memory raises over £2,500

When Victoria Brignell agreed to become FSF€™s new patron (click the tab at the top of this page for the €˜About Us€™ page), she immediately offered to raise funds for us. She prepared this message to send to FSF supporters and her own friends:

victoria and lentils web€˜I'€™ve decided to raise money for FSF'€™s life-transforming work by doing some acting myself and I would be very grateful if you would sponsor me in this endeavour. On Sunday March 22nd I will be attempting to perform a 40-minute monologue by one of Britain'€™s leading playwrights, in which I play a vicar'€™s wife with a secret. This will be a big challenge for me as a) I'€™m not very good at memorising large amounts of text b) I don'€™t like speaking in public and c) I'€™m not fond of being the centre of attention.  Please give generously to make my ordeal worthwhile!

 

If you want to witness the worst piece of acting you'€™ll see in your lifetime, then you'€™re welcome to come along and watch me do the performance on Sunday March 22nd at 5pm at the Westminster Quaker Meeting House, 52 St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4EA.  As this is a private performance, we'€™re not selling tickets but there will be a collection so you can make a donation to FSF if you haven'€™t sponsored me already.  However, if I were you, I would find something else to do instead that evening!

 

Victoria was completely wrong about her ability to memorise and to act; she wove wry humour into her word-perfect performance which was enjoyed by an appreciative audience“ and on-line sponsorship and other donations raised over £2,500.

We are very grateful to Victoria for her courage and determination, and also to FSF Trustee Alison Skilbeck who encouraged and supported Victoria in the development of her performance. 

 

A Date for the Diary!

As many of our Friends know, this month sees the third Kadambari sale of beautiful (and affordable) jewellery crafted by Rashantha Devanesan and sold in aid of FSF. Prices range between £15 and £200.

There will be cake.

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Please note the new venue and slightly different opening and closing times. We look forward very much to seeing old and new Friends of Sunera.


 

 

Gorgeous Jewellery Sale

 

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A date for the diary. Following a very successful jewellery sale in support of FSF last year, Rashantha Devanesan has very kindly offered to hold another one this year. 13th September, St Gabriel's in Pimlico, London. Rashantha makes the gorgeous jewellery from antique items, FSF provides cakes and coffee. Her prices are £15 to £100, plus a few special things up to £200: ranging from bold to delicate, necklaces to rings.....  More images in our Gallery (click the tab above).

 
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