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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

Rotary Regency Fashion Show to fund tree planting

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 28 April, (Asiantribune.com): Rotary movement has been reputed for its noteworthy social and community help programmes and in their quest to help the society in which they live in, has been involved in several worthwhile projects they were reputed of such programmes like eradication of polio.

One of the serious scenarios taking place on earth, now is the global warming due to uncontrolled green house gas emissions which makes enormous impact on earth and its living beings.

In attempting to mitigate or off-set the GHG emissions even in a small way the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency in association with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau is undertaking to plant 10 million trees throughout the country and to raise funds for this essential project Rotary Colombo Regency with several others sponsorship is organizing the Colombo Vogue Lifestyles Weekend a spectacular lifestyles weekend event to be held from 30th May to 1st June 2008 at Hotel Galadari.

The programme opens with a New Age Music Concert titled Mantra on 30th May followed by two days of a fashion blitz under the banner of Colombo Fashion Statement with Indian designers showcasing their creations on 31st May and Europeans Designers sashaying their designs on 1st May. Simultaneously there will be a Flower Show titled ‘Tropical Splendor’ on the mornings of 31st May and 1st June.

The proceeds of this show will be utilized to plant and nurture trees in rural Sri Lanka as part of Rotary’s 10 million trees project, Rotary (Sri Lanka) Green Cover. This project is being organized by the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency, Rotary Club of Kandy and Sri Lanka Tourism and will be implemented in association with all Rotary Clubs in Sri Lanka. Participation from NGO’s and Organizations interested in this project is welcome.

Infotechs International (Pvt) Ltd joining in the project has launched – Lankafashion.mobi as the official mobile website for this upcoming Fashion and Music Weekend. This website will provide ready information on fashion events in Sri Lanka starting with Colombo Vogue Lifestyles Weekend and Colombo Fashion Statement. The website which is accessible through any mobile phone, feature the designer profiles, a photo gallery of the models and performers, details of the various events, ticket and location information and will also have clips of the shows on streaming video as they happen.

Elaborating this vital project, Prabhu Sundararaj, President, Rotary Club of Colombo Regency said that while the project is on every attempt is made to perform its activities with the accepted environmental norms. As an example, they will not transport seedlings from the city to rural areas, as fuel is used to transport. They would instead set up plant nurseries in the rural settings eliminating use of fuel in all their activities.

He said the plants grown will be useful ones like mangoes, jack, avacados, rambutan where planting required trees the villagers will get some income in turn for their toiling. Only bio fertilizer will be used.

Renton de Alwis, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau said that the project of planting trees also attracts tourists as they love to see more green. He said that though there is a decline in the forest cover in Sri Lanka 47 percent green cover is there in the country.

Colombo Fashion Statement has been tipped as a unique expose of the latest designs for 2008 by renowned Indian and European designers. The Indian designers are Satya Paul, Shobaa De and Ashima-Leena (duo), whilst the European designers are Lecoanet Hemant (brand LH), Nathalie Ozier & Noemie Dieudonne from France.

The fashion shows will feature the reigning Miss India for Miss World, Miss India for Miss Earth, Miss Sri Lanka, Miss Israel & about three reigning Beauty Queens from overseas (Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, China, Denmark ) modeling on the runway, a rare possibility along with 10 models from India and 8 models from Sri Lanka.

The fashion shows will feature the reigning Miss India for Miss World, Miss India for Miss Earth, Miss Sri Lanka, Miss Israel & about three reigning Beauty Queens from overseas (Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, China, Denmark ) modeling on the runway, a rare possibility along with 10 models from India and 8 models from Sri Lanka.

Mantra the musical extravangza on the first day is fronted by renowned New Age music Flutist Bikram Singh, from the group Naadbrahma and India’s Environment Band, in Concert with the pearls of the Indian Ocean Pradeep Ratnayake, Harsha Markalanda, Alston Joachim, Ravibandu Vidyapati, Chandralal Amarakoon, Jananatha Warakagoda, Rakitha with five member ensemble and fusion drums.

Shi-en Ikebana & Floral Society of Sri Lanka, the leading promoters of Floral Art and Design are putting together a floral show ‘Tropical Splendour’ for the benefit of all those looking for something spectacular on 31st May and 01st June from 10 am to 6 pm at Hotel Galadari.

The main objectives of this project are to combat Global Warming by reducing Carbon emissions in the atmosphere as well as to provide supplementary income to rural households. Other objectives are Coast Conservation, providing a Wind Barrier along Coastal areas, Reforestation, creating Awareness on Global Warming & Supporting Tourism through Volun-tourism, Eco-Tourism and Guilt Free Travel as part of their Tourism Earth Lung Initiative.

This project was symbolically launched on 29th November 2007 at Asgiriya Cricket Stadium with the first trees being planted by the Captains and Vice Captains of the English and Sri Lankan cricket teams. This project is scheduled to be completed within a period of 05 years.

- Asian Tribune -

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