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TCASD ‘Lights of Hope’ Charity Gala 2016

October 4th, 2016 by IWD Canada

“It was that time of the year again; for the Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham’s ‘Lights of Hope’ Charity Gala. This wasn’t the second or third year TCASD was hosting their gala, but it was TCASD’s 7th year successfully hosting their charity gala. Every year, our goal is to support a social cause in our community.

This year we chose Indspire, which is a “charitable organization that is dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs that provide tools for indigenous peoples”. In the past years we’ve supported CAMH, the Rouge Valley Health System, and back home in Vanni, Sri Lanka. The purpose of our event is to simply give back, by not only supporting these organizations by donating money, but by also raising awareness. What was unique about this year’s gala is that it was ‘for the youth, by the youth’. Our youth were the ones who initially brought up the idea to support indigenous people. TCASD immediately approved of this idea and were proud to see the youth wanting to support people regardless of what their background, religion, etc. were.

On September, 24th, our ‘starry night’ themed gala was held at the beautiful Tosca Banquet Hall. Guests were welcomed by delightful music played by youth from our community. We enjoyed performances by All Our Relations Métis Drum Circle and, of course, our very own youth. Untouchable Sound Crew did an awesome job being our DJs for the night.

Dignitaries and special guests graced us with their presence that night and the event was hosted by two of TCASD’s youth, one of them being yours truly, and Meena Shanmuganathan, who have just entered their final year in high school. Finally, the dance floor opened up and everyone got up from their seats and let they go into the night. I must say, our guests were fantastic dancers and even our youth and executive team members came out of their shell and danced the night away.

The best part was that everyone had an amazing night to remember and we enjoyed it as we gave back to a significant social cause. But, this gala would not have been such a success without the executive team and gala committee. The team worked so hard, even with their busy school/work schedules, but their hard work definitely paid off. If you’re thinking that you missed out on this year’s gala, we would be more than happy to see you next year for another incredible night”.

Cavina Vairamuthu
Youth Leader
Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham


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