Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, December 24, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The Happy Times International Preschool at Nugegoda in Sri Lanka held their Annual Graduation and Award ceremony with a Charity Fashion Show Fundraiser running on the sidelines during the evening of December 12, 2010 at the St. Joseph's Boys' College Auditorium.
Life-saving funds were raised by the preschool's students for the Pediatric ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at the National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka where the funds will be used for the children at the pediatric ward in the hospital.
The National Cancer Institute is the premier tertiary referral hospital dedicated to the diagnosis and follow up treatment of cancer patients in Sri Lanka, which is governed by the country's Department of Health and provides all its services free of charge.
Dr. Dishna De Silva who is the Head of the Pediatric Ward at the National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka in Maharagama was the Chief Guest at the charity fashion fundraiser that was themed, 'Fundraising for Needy Children by Children'.
AIBA (International Boxing Association) Refereeing & Judging Commission Official, Herbert Embuldeniya, was the Guest of Honor at the school's Graduation and Award ceremony, while the event's fashion catwalk attracted a sold-out crowd of over 280 attendees from diverse walks of life.
The school's charity fashion fundraiser received generous support and the event was patronized by prominent members of the Sri Lankan and Maldivian business community, media personalities, hospitality and tourism ambassadors, Australian and Canadian holidaymakers, cosmetic and apparel designers, investors and government officials among other invited guests.
A cheque for USD $1,800 (LKR 200,000) was presented by the children of Happy Times International Preschool, to Dr. De Silva who thanked the school's students, staff, management, parents and hundreds of volunteers and supporters in attendance at the event.
“I am humbled by the immense generosity of everyone here today who have opened their hearts and their wallets to make this fundraiser for our country's Pediatric ICU Ward possible,” she said. “By your attendance today, you will know you have paid for a brick, you have paid for a bed, you have paid for a life. There is no greater gift.”