Flavours of South East Asia fund raising dinner a resounding success
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