Art at Mandalay
Friday 28 January at 5.30pm
Exhibition Opening plus wine & cheese
The artists featured in the exhibition are:
Saturday 29 January from 10.30am
A day of workshops and demonstrations.
For more information and an invitation please telephone 5473 9996
or visit www.mandalayonmusgrave.com
Sunshine Coast to help Sri Lankan community recover from tsunami disaster
Local couple, Ken & M Hickson, have identified an opportunity for the Sunshine Coast to directly help a Sri Lankan community recover from the devastating effects of the recent tsunami.
"The people of Australia are being so generous and so much immediate aid is going to all affected areas in Asia, but we felt something needed to be done to focus on helping particular communities ravaged by the disaster to help them get back on their feet," said Ken, who with his wife M, owns Coolum Travel and Mandalay on Musgrave.
The communities chosen initially are Ahungalla and Ambalangoda, 86 kilometres south of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, which are both very dependent on tourism for their livelihood. The major tourist hotel in the area, the Triton, has been badly damaged and will be closed indefinitely. Ambalangoda is a thriving arts and crafts centre, known for its mask making and is totally dependent of visitors to buy their handiwork.
Ken Hickson said he has been in touch with Aitken Spence, a major company that operates hotels in the area, and it is already running a major international fund-raising campaign to help Sri Lankan people get their lives and industries back to work. He has also contacted the Pacific Asia Travel Association, Sri Lankan Tourism and the Sri Lanka Tourism Ministry.
"I think we can identify with communities like this that are so dependent on tourist hotels and visitors for their living. While immediate relief is vital, so too is the sort of assistance - equipment, rebuilding, expertise - to get their homes and business back on track," Ken said.
Two events already planned for January at their accommodation retreat and event venue, Mandalay on Musgrave, will become an opportunity to raise awareness and raise funds for the Sri Lankan community development project.
On Friday 21 January at 5pm, the Coolum Travel Club will meet at Mandalay, 5 Musgrave Drive, Coolum Chase to listen to three speakers talk on different travel experiences in Asia. Representatives from Kumuka Tours and Royal Brunei Airlines will give illustrated talks, as will Twin Waters' resident Brian Skomba on his recent visit to Vietnam.
"Art at Mandalay" is the name of the fourth art exhibition held at Mandalay and this time it will open on Friday 28 January at 5.30pm. It will be followed on Saturday 29 January by art demonstrations and workshops. For more information or to advise your attendance please contact Mandalay on telephone 5473 9996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mandalayonmusgrave.com
The exhibition will feature the works of Pauline Adair, Pam Walpole, M Hickson, Jacques Sauterel, Dianne Swan, Trevor Thrum, Lyn Guthrie, Lucas Salton, Michael Clark and Mary McLaren.
Proceeds from the exhibition and sales will go towards the Sri Lanka Community Project to help victims of the tsunami disaster. People attending can also make a donation.
Some of the artists have agreed to donate a painting or work of art to be auctioned and others will give a percentage of sales of works at the time. The auctioneer will be Greg Young of Ray White real estate.
Ken Hickson said he would like to hear from any other individuals or business on the Sunshine Cast who would be prepared to help the Sri Lankan project in any way.
"This community-to-community approach is one that we feel could have positive long-term benefits for all concerned and we would like to see other communities in Australia starting similar projects to benefit communities in Sri Lanka or elsewhere among those countries hit by the devastating tsunami," said Ken who can be contacted at email@example.com
For more information contact Ken Hickson at telephone 5473 9996
Fax 5446 1440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 0402 624 982
Or visit the following websites - www.coolumtravel.com www.mandalayonmusgrave.com or www.theleopardtree.com
Mandalay on Musgrave
5 Musgrave Drive, Coolum Chase, Yandina Creek
Phone: 07 5473 9996
Fax: 07 5446 1440
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