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"Thank you for helping us help people."

Flavours of South East Asia fund raising dinner a resounding success

students at dinnerIt was likely the hottest ticket in town on February 10. Close to 300 Trent University students, staff and faculty members alike sat down to a feast of South East Asian fare in Champlain College's Great Hall - all in support of tsunami relief.

An array of Trent University student organizations in partnership with the Trent International Program and Aramark, Trent's on campus foodservice provider, hosted the Flavours of South East Asia fund raising dinner, complete with live music.

The evening's menu consisted of traditional South East Asian food, prepared from recipes provided by Trent's international students. Tandoori chicken, beef curry with potatoes and nasi goreng rice was among the Sri Lankan, Indian, Thai and Indonesian dishes offered as part of the buffet feast. All proceeds will go to support the World University Service of Canada's (WUSC) project in Sri Lanka. WUSC has been educating women and young people in Sri Lanka since 1989, in an effort to develop the country's knowledge and expertise in carpentry, masonry, welding and other building skills that will be crucial to its recovery.

Spearheading the initiative was third-year Business Administration student Adrian Samarasekare from Sri Lanka. He mobilized the support of many student groups and college cabinets in organizing the dinner.

"We wanted to connect to, and support the hardest hit areas of South East Asia by having this dinner," says Mr. Samarasekare.

To those who attended the dinner, he said, "Thank you for helping us help people."

Posted February 11, 2005

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