Wednesday, 06 April 2016, Colombo:
A night Around The Pearl’, the flag off event for the third edition of ‘Around The Pearl’ initiative was held at Park Street Mews on Monday, 4 April 2016.
It was a night filled with inspiration and heart-warming performances by children from the Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation. The event kicked off with children from the Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation (CPLF) singing the national anthem. The hero of the night was a lady who is limited in her ability to move around, AshaZainudeen, living with Muscular Dystrophy which is also known as MD. MD is a group of muscle diseases that weaken the musculoskeletal system and handler locomotion (walking and moving). Over the years, her muscles have degenerated making it difficult for her to keep a steady hand. Asha has a passion for painting and sketching but her disease limits her and leads to a longer cycle time for her paintings to be completed. Despite all of this, she chooses to focus on the positive side of life and not let her physical weakness pull her down. The event concluded with an exhibition featuring 20 pieces drawn by children living with Cerebral Palsy. The pieces were later sold out in a silent auction to raise funds. The two dance performances by the CP foundation children were praised and appreciated by everyone present at the event.