$0 of $1,000 raised

Aladdin 2019

Our Aladdin show will be supporting the Connecting to Markets project. We love Palmera's work and…

Aladdin 2019

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$0 of $500 raised

Sivashanker’s Xmas Campaign

This year Suriya, Sarenya and Sahdana have decided that they would prefer donations to Palmera rather…

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$150 of $5,000 raised

Silly Walk 2020

The Silly walkers will be helping bring together 300 villagers and their families, to train them…

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$12,500 of $50,000 raised

Walk from Palm Beach to Manly for Soma’s Anniversary

Soma's anniversary will be supporting the Connecting to Markets project. We chose Palmera to give the…

Walk from Palm Beach to Manly for Soma’s Anniversary

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$2,000 of $1,000 raised

Anjali Oztag Comepetition 2020

Anjali's Oztag competition will be supporting our Landing a Better Future project. This project will support…

Anjali Oztag Comepetition 2020

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal!

IT’S THE COMPETITION YOU HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! 

Get ready to see blood, sweat and tears as our teams go head to head in the UNSW Anjali Tamil Society’s annual Oztag Competition! 

This year we are proud to be supporting Palmera’s Landing a Better Future project. This project brings together 250 farmers and their families and supports them to improve their farming skills and access critical services, while creating networks of knowledge and experience. This costs as little as $475 per family; only $95 a year over the five years that we will be providing support.

Event details 

WHEN: Saturday, 29th August 2020

WHERE: Bressington Park, Homebush NSW

TIME: 10am SHARP

MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN 

 GET HYPPPPEEDDDDDDDDDD

 

$17,140 of $20,000 raised

The Karunakaran Memorial Education Fund

It is almost the first anniversary our Appa’s passing and the second anniversary of our Amma’s…

The Karunakaran Memorial Education Fund

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$1,479 of $1,500 raised

Nrithakshetra’s Vijayadashami

Vijayadashami has always been an important tradition for the Nrithakshetra School of Indian Classical Dance. It…

Nrithakshetra’s Vijayadashami

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$13,985 of $13,985 raised

Elijah’s 1st Birthday

Elijah's 1st birthday is supporting Palmera’s Pass The Gift project.

Elijah’s 1st Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

On January 23rd 2017 Elijah came into our world. We thought that we would have a lot to teach him, but what we weren’t expecting was that he’d be teaching us so much more.

Elijah finds joy in the most obscure things: wiggling fingers, a spinning top, a scrunched nose. Through that we’ve learnt to appreciate the little things that make up our life, trying hard to be present to the wonder in everything around us.

He wakes up every morning flapping his hands excited about life. It’s our favourite part of the day as we contest for the opportunity to pick him up so we can experience that moment with him. Through that we’ve been reminded that life is a great adventure, every morning another exciting opportunity to discover what is in store for us.

Most importantly, Elijah’s wants are nothing more than the basics – food, a safe place to sleep and the love of those around him. In return he gives us and the world all his energy and enthusiasm. In this we’ve come to see that in life we should only take the little we need and give all we have.

And so we would thought what better way to celebrate his first birthday by doing just that. What he needs, he already has, so what he can give is everything else.

This year, we’ve decided to invest the money that we would have spent on his first birthday celebration into the Palmera’s Pass The Gift project.

This is an amazing project that builds sustainable rural agricultural businesses for women in Sri Lanka’s North while strengthening communities through a values-based approach.

Many of you, our family and closest friends, have asked about celebrating Elijah’s first birthday with him. We ask this year that you celebrate with him by giving to this cause because you’ve already given him what he needs this year – your love.

All our love

Nish and Abs

Xx

$1,098 of $1,098 raised

IWD 2019 – Tamil Feasts Dinner

The 2018 International Women's Day Charity Dinner proudly supports Palmera's Women's Village Bank - Irruttumadu project

IWD 2019 – Tamil Feasts Dinner

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Hello & Welcome!

Happy International Women’s Day 2018!

This International Women’s Day on Thursday March 8th, we wanted to bring together Palmera Projects and Tamil Feasts – two organisations that continue to do great service for various communities with a key focus on financial sustainability, a cause close to our hearts.

We hope this special event will be a great meeting point for individuals with a keen interest in making a difference in the community and sharing an amazing Tamil meal or even just sparking up conversation that we hope will lead to actions in 2018.

Funds from the event will go to the Palmera’s Womens Village Bank, we think this is such an amazing project and are very excited to support it.

To buy tickets to the event, please click here

ABOUT TAMIL FEASTS

விருந்து Tamil Feasts is a social enterprise supporting recently settled asylum seekers through the celebration of food and culture. Serving up traditional Sri Lankan fare prepared by Tamil men currently seeking asylum in Australia, this unique enterprise simultaneously creates a space in which Australians are able to show their support of individuals who are presently seeking asylum all while partaking in some seriously tasty food!

Learn more at http://tamilfeasts.ceres.org.au

$10,000 of $10,000 raised

Bollywood Night – Tamil Women’s Organisation

The Tamil Womens Organisation are long terms supporters of Palmera. This year we organised a Bollywood…

Bollywood Night – Tamil Women’s Organisation

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

We, the Tamil Womens’ Organisation (TWO), are a small group of women who put aside our busy schedules to raise funds for organisations providing much needed support in the North and East of Srilanka. For our second event this year we are delighted to support Palmera’s Women’s Banking Network project.

This project will work with 110 women to help connect them to mainstream financial services. This will allow women to save and access loans to meet their needs and those of their families. Individually, it provides an avenue for women to engage with financial activity and strengthens their financial literacy skills. For as little as $56 per lady per year the project can be achieved. We think this is such a great initiative and are thrilled to be supporting it.

About 15 years ago TWO held a Bollywood night to support tsunami victims and it was a sold out event and we’ve had similar interest for this year too.  Our first Bollywood event involved great food, dancing and company and this year’s event did the same.

TWO members are very pleased to share that our event was a great success. A fantastic night was had by all including Bollywood dance performances and even a dance lesson for all guests in the famous, Lunghi Dance!

Most of all we are pleased to announce that we were able to raise $10,000 for Palmera which was then matched by one of our guests, who was inspired by Palmera’s work on the night! Local business owners of Centex Homes allowed our donations to reach $10,000 for this project!

$2,000 of $2,000 raised

Running for Palmera

Aseka and Radula will be running 150km together in 29 days to support our Banking on…

Running for Palmera

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal!

Hello!

We (Aseka and Randula) pledge to run a total of 150km together over the next 29 days!

We are doing this to fundraise and spread much needed awareness for the Palmera Projects, and their Banking on Change for Good program supporting women in Theravil, Sri Lanka.

Palmera Projects provide business solutions for rural entrepreneurs of Sri Lanka, thus creating environments where families can stand on their own two feet.

Theravil (Northen Province) has long seen the cruelties of the civil war and are still recovering from the trauma of it all. Rooting from traditional values and gender norms, women are not given much opportunity to participate in economic affairs. Like many women in rural Sri Lanka, women in Theravil lack financial independence and literacy.

The Banking on Change for Good program will support 400 women develop financial literacy, independence and leadership skills through the establishment of Theravil’s first ever women’s bank.

We have chosen to do this run over 29 days to celebrate Aseka’s 29th birthday! We are hoping to raise $1000 through the generosity and kindness of our community.

Through this fundraiser, we hope to shed light on the northern rural communities’ constant struggle to be included in the country’s growth and raise awareness of the importance of the inclusive campaigns of Palmera Projects.

Thanks in advance for your support, and we will keep you updated on our progress through posts on this fb group.

Love,

Aseka & Randula

$8,000 of $8,000 raised

Kyla Jay’s 1st Birthday

Kyla-Jay's 1st Birthday is supporting the Graduating the Poor project.

Kyla Jay’s 1st Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

On July 6th, 2018 our lives were forever changed through the arrival of our daughter Kyla-Jay. Less than 18 months younger than her brother Elijah, she turned our already-blessed family into a complete one. Her outgoing, impulsive fearlessness captivated our hearts the moment we laid eyes on her, while her tenacity, compassion and curiosity are traits she shares with her brother.

As we reflect on how blessed we are to have Kyla-Jay in our lives, safe, healthy and happy, we are continually reminded of those who do not have what she has. And this is why we have chosen to dedicate Kyla-Jay’s 1st birthday to supporting the Graduating the Poor project.

This project identifies the 100 of the poorest in the selected area and works with them over 2 years to graduate them out of absolute poverty. The project is designed to address their immediate needs while also investing in their longer-term training, development and planning. It helps families secure the basic things like food and access to healthcare, but it also aims to build their financial resilience through savings.

This is our way of channeling some of the blessings Kyla-Jay has received, and been to us, to those who need it most.

$1,110 of $1,110 raised

Keeran’s turning 6!

Keeran's 6th birthday will supporting the Farming For Life project. This project aims to increase the…

Keeran’s turning 6!

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Keeran is turning 6!!

This January 13th our first-born Keeran is turning 6! Time has flown by and he’ll be starting school next year. Over the years Amma (long time volunteer and now part time employee of Palmera) has explained to him what we do in Palmera to help people less fortunate than us. And people  we could have easily been if we weren’t lucky enough to migrate to Australia.

So Keeran decided that this year he doesn’t want any presents, especially with his birthday being so close Christmas. After seeing how hard Amma works for Palmera he instead this year wants to donate money to one of our projects. He chose the farming for life project as it had a picture of a man in the display, lol.

The Farming For Life project will work with 30 farmers and their families to teach them new practices and technologies so they can increase their yields by up to 50-60% and eventually be able stand on their own two feet. Palmera’s approach is about providing a hand up not a hand out.

So instead of a present this year we ask that you please make a small donation to Palmera using this page. We thank you for your generosity and are looking forward to celebrating the day with you.

Thevarajah family

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$700 of $700 raised

The Best Way to Turn One

Little Deven just turned ONE! “He is blessed with so many things (most of which he…

The Best Way to Turn One

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Little Deven just turned ONE! “He is blessed with so many things (most of which he doesn’t even need)!” So we wanted to celebrate his first birthday by making the lives of other kids just like him better. This year, instead of gifts we ask that you instead give generously to Palmera!

We cant wait to celebrate with you all on Deven’s big day and cant wait to share with him one day the difference this day had in the world. Thank you so much for making that possible for him!

$24,000 of $24,000 raised

FOMO 2 – Maya Youth in Performing Arts

FOMO 1 was such a big success that we decided to do a sequel. FOMO 2…

FOMO 2 – Maya Youth in Performing Arts

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

FOMO 1 was such a big success that we decided to do a sequel. FOMO 2 is our first production for 2017. With over 20 performers and 2 shows we are gearing up for a big month. FOMO 2 is a musical comedy about a boy who learns to use his imagination to lead over life’s greatest hurdles.

We at MAYA have made a long term commitment to Palmera. We are working with the Thervipuram village to help families re-establish themselves after the civil war. We believe in the philosophy “giving a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime”. So this is why we will be partnering with Palmera to achieve just that.

By laughing along to our show you are contributing to creating a new story for these families.

With less than a week to go to FOMO 2 we are already sold out one of our shows.

Dates
Friday 28th April 2017 (Doors open: 7:30pm)
Saturday 29th April 2017 (Doors open: 6:30pm)

Venue

NIDA Parade Theatre
215 Anzac Parade, Kensington NSW 2033

Tickets  – http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=FOMO17

About MAYA Youth in Performing Arts

MAYA Youth in Performing Arts (MAYA) is a community based organisation that was established in 2012 that operates as a not-for-profit targeting the dynamic and aspirational youth of Sydney.

MAYA is built on the foundation of mentoring artistic talent to create life on stage through drama, dance and music. In the process, we aim to support charitable organisations by raising funds and awareness whilst also widening the horizons and understanding our members and the broader community.

W: http://mayaarts.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/MAYA.YouthInPerformingArts/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/mayaarts/

$5,000 of $5,000 raised

A Life Remembered

Sellathurai Sivarasa, Presidents Counsel, Retired Director of Public Prosecutions, dearly beloved husband of Mangaleswari, much loved…

A Life Remembered

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Sellathurai Sivarasa, Presidents Counsel, Retired Director of Public Prosecutions, dearly beloved husband of Mangaleswari, much loved Chitha of Ramesh (deceased), Sasan (Suresh) (deceased), Suraby, Rajan, Kumudha, Rishi, Sugi, Dinesh, Sumanthiran and Shama, passed away peacefully on April 30th 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

We kindly request that instead of flowers, we remember his life by blessing the lives of others in need.

We have chosen to direct the donations to Palmera’s Hunger Relief Project, to serve those who are going hungry during these COVID curfews in the North of Sri Lanka.

There is no greater service in life than to serve others, and both in life and in passing, Sellathurai Sivarasa’s (QC) legacy will continue.

Funeral Details

Private funeral will take place on May 3rd 2020 between 12 noon to 2pm in Melbourne.

Funeral service will be live streamed between 12-2pm AEST.

$1,590 of $1,590 raised

Chunky Chellamma, Adavaitha’s 1st Birthday

Hello everyone! It’s been a wonderful year for us watching our little one grow into her…

Chunky Chellamma, Adavaitha’s 1st Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Hello everyone!

It’s been a wonderful year for us watching our little one grow into her own little person. We would love to celebrate her 1st Birthday with our nearest and dearest family and friends.

Advaitha is privileged to have been born into circumstances where all her needs and wants are met. Throughout the year we have been showered with so many toys, books and clothes for our little chunky chellamma, and most importantly so much love from all of you. We feel overwhelmed with gratitude for the support we have received.

Unfortunately, not all babies and kids are this lucky. We would like to invite all of you to join us in doing something about this. Instead of a birthday gift, we humbly request that you make a donation instead to Palmera’s Creating Leaders Project based in the North of Sri Lanka, recovering from the war.

The Creating Leaders Project

Having grown up in Sri Lanka, the education system is very much based on rote learning with the aim of getting kids to university. Only 2% do.

In the meantime, with the war, displacement, high unemployment, the growth in drug use, has not equipped students to transition from early childhood to youth, contributing to society.

The goal of this project is to train facilitators in the local village to create a youth group from years 8-14. The children and the youth will have an opportunity to learn about the environment, nutrition, human rights and leadership and discuss topics they feel are important.These opportunities are a natural part of life in Australia. This valuable project plants a similar seed in a village in Sri Lanka.Palmera’s Projects are all about resourcing up the local community with entrepreneurs to create livelihoods.

“Teach a person to grow food, and you feed them for life”A couple points about Palmera:

  • Palmera is ridgy didge.
  • They are one of only 50 charity recognized by the Australian government for governance and transparency.
  • When you donate throughout the site, your gift is tax deductible.
  • 90% of the funds donated go directly to the project

We think it’s awesome.We value your presence most.Any amount you can contribute to this great cause will be deeply valued as well.

Thank youAdvaitha, Shanta and Bob

$9,031 of $9,000 raised

Emma and Ananth’s wedding

As our wedding approached and we began to reflect on our journey together, it re-affirmed our…

Emma and Ananth’s wedding

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

As our wedding approached and we began to reflect on our journey together, it re-affirmed our conviction on just how fortunate we have been to be blessed in life and love. We are extremely thankful to be able to say that we truly did not need anything besides the continued support of our family and friends and so when it came to planning on how to best use our wedding gifts, we decided that helping to share our good luck would be the ideal way to mark this joyous occasion.

We chose to use our gifts so that Palmera could complete a project that would help bring new technologies and practising so that farmers could better their practices and use better technologies to transform their farms enabling them to increase their income and help their families stand on their own two feet.

Read more about the project here 

This project had a particular interest to us, as from Emma’s upbringing on a farm she was able to appreciate some of the difficulties in developing a simple trade to making it a profitable occupation and I have witnessed the hardship of the villagers in the North-Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka trying to rebuild their lives after a devastating period. We hope this small gesture will assist these farmers to recover their livelihood and have a sustained period of good fortune.

$35,402 of $35,000 raised

Race to Raise 2019

Race to Raise 2019 raised over $35,000 for the village of Colony. Palmera will be working…

Race to Raise 2019

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

On February 10th 2019, we achieved our goal: we managed to raise over $35,000 and cover the cost of Palmera working with the village of Colony for a whole year.

Let me rewind a little.

In 2019, we ran Race to Raise for the third year running. We raced through Sydney’s Central Business District to the finish line, and got sponsored to do this. We came up with this annual fundraising event to support a village in North-Eastern Sri Lanka called Colony. From the beginning, we were committed to supporting Colony for its full seven years with Palmera. Each year over the last three years, we have grown and grown. And this year, we managed to raise enough to support Colony for all of 2019.

But we didn’t do this on our own. Far from it. We were running on behalf of our 701 supporters as well as all of the villagers living in Colony.

We are overawed. We are grateful. We are beyond inspired by your generosity. Over seven hundred people believed in us; believed in Palmera; and believed in the ability of Colony’s villagers to make the most of our hand up. The villagers are made up of farmers who are dedicated to improving the quality of their cattle, women who have escaped physical and sexual violence to lead their community, and children who offer the hope of moving from a grim past to a bright future.

We did this together: Race to Raise

 

$3,038 of $3,000 raised

City2Surf 2016

We're back! Now in its third year, #TeamPalmeraProjects is ready to run for a cause in…

City2Surf 2016

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

We’re back! Now in its third year, #TeamPalmeraProjects is ready to run for a cause in the 2016 City2Surf.

In our first two years, our volunteer runners have raised over $2,500 dollars to fund transformative sustainable development projects in Sri Lanka.

Palmera leaves were seen at every leg of the 14km fun run from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach as we unveiled our new running t-shirts.

JOIN US IN 2016!

This is the perfect opportunity to achieve that new year’s resolution to get fit and also make a difference by raising money for our charity.

Don’t want to run? Don’t worry, we get it…but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get involved! You can make a difference by supporting our fundraising goals. So hit that DONATE button and give what you can – every dollar counts!

We have 19 runners this year – the biggest team yet! Including:

Jeeven, Asanga, Gajaanie, Srisha, Cecile, Prashanna, Kirthica, Sankare, Mathan, Maathulan, Pranavan, Suda, Nithiya, Mavineet, Dinesh, Meera, Sambavi, Sai Priya and Sophie

$4,060 of $4,000 raised

Malaysian Flavours

The ladies at TEWO are accustomed to raising funds through theme dinners. We love to cook.…

Malaysian Flavours

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

The ladies at TEWO are accustomed to raising funds through theme dinners.

We love to cook. And over the years, we have raised funds through organising special theme dinners.

This 4th of July we will be hosting Selera Malaysia – A Taste of Malaysia. Malaysian Food is an elegant combination of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences. Its popularity is on the account of the subtle blending of spices that delight and surprise the palate!

Come and taste our generous spread of Malaysian food – including Nasi Kunyit, Mee Siam, Rendang, Serunding , Achar, Sambal Tumis, Roasted Chicken Wings and many, many more!

Location:

St Leonard’s Church Hall, 349 Springvale, Glen Waverley 3150

Date/Time:

Friday 4th July, 7:30 – 11pm

All proceeds will be supporting the wonderful work of Palmera!

$412 of $400 raised

Sashika’s 21st Birthday

Thank you so much for celebrating my 21st with me. It means so much to me,…

Sashika’s 21st Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Thank you so much for celebrating my 21st with me. It means so much to me, and well it’s just such a great excuse to hang out with all you gorgeous kids once more.

Since all of you already shower me with love plenty, all I ask is that you do not shower me with gifts but instead you donate to this wonderful charity – Palmera Projects. It will be the best birthday present ever. Check out what Palmera is all about. You’ll find that they’re doing amazing work in my homeland, the land of much tea!

Funds raised from this event will go towards the Theravil Village Farm Project. This village was hurt by the war so in 2014 Palmera began the journey with them to rebuild their livelihoods by turning an unused farm into a successful poultry business. And now they’re working on making it even better to build livelihoods for more people of the village!

Thank you for being so amazing and continuing to be a part of my life. Please give what you can to support this great cause and make my 21st even more special than it already will be with you celebrating with me.

$6,500 of $6,000 raised

Handmade – London Launch

It’s the middle of Nov and we are just a week out from our London Handmade…

Handmade – London Launch

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

It’s the middle of Nov and we are just a week out from our London Handmade launch and we’re all a bit jittery and it’s not because winter is coming! Our small but effective team of volunteers has been working hard to get the word out about Handmade to our family, friends and colleagues. Will they come on the Handmade journey…? Will they connect with the strong women in the book..? And will they share it all with THEIR loved ones…? We hope so!

Handmade has a special place in my heart because I was lucky enough to be there when it all started back in Feb 2014. I still remember Abarna (Palmera’s Founder) sitting with me before my volunteer trip to Sri Lanka, describing her vision of sharing the stories of the war affected women in Sri Lanka through an everyday relatable medium like cooking. She didn’t know how it would look or how long it would take to bring this to fruition, but I could see her passion in wanting to share their stories with the world and I wanted to play my part whichever way I could.

My stay in Sri Lanka spanned two months and in that time I worked with Palmera’s partner to organise a number of interviews, document many recipes and even took a few photos along the way. Though I didn’t understand the local language, I was able to feel the hardship they had gone through, by the pain in their eyes. I learnt a lot about Sri Lanka and its people on that trip and will always be near & dear to me.

Fast forward 2.5 years, I had left Sydney and moved to London with my wife, when I got a call from Abarna saying that the book was ready for launch in London! I received an early copy of the book and couldn’t put it down! It was humbling to read the trials and tribulations of the war affected women as they struggled to feed their families. But it also left with a message of hope that there is a brighter future, one where they can once again celebrate their culture through food but also something as simple as making their children’s favourite meals on their birthday.

With all this in mind, our volunteers have spent countless hours organising the venue and catering, arranging speakers and of course spreading the word far and wide about the upcoming launch! The Handmade launch will be on Wed 25th Nov. It starts at 630pm at The Walrus & The Carpenter, 45 Monument Street, London EC3R 8BU. You will not only get to taste some of the dishes from Handmade but also get to hear the journey of the cookbook from a few of the interviewers and photographers who were on the ground, and the designers of the book who brought it to life! Hope to see you on the night!

 

$435 of $400 raised

City2Surf 2017

Did you know the majority of farmers in this world are women? They are the backbone…

City2Surf 2017

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Did you know the majority of farmers in this world are women? They are the backbone of most developing economies where subsistence agriculture is one of the only ways to make a living. Dedicating more resources to empowering, training and investing in women farmers could bring down the number of people living in extreme poverty by up to 150 million people.

That’s why we’re running for a cause in the 2017 City2Surf. All the money we raise will go directly to investing in the livelihoods of women and communities so they have the resources, skills and voice to transform their lives. Please contact Jeeven if you would like to join the team.

DETAILS

Date: Sunday 13 August 2017

Start: Hyde Park

End: Bondi Beach

Dress code: Wear your favourite activewear and Palmera running t-shirt!

Support us today!

We are looking forward to the run and have already begun are training, we are hoping to beat our previous years records. Check out how we did for the last three years!

City to Surf 2014

City to Surf 2015

City to Surf 2016

$219 of $200 raised

Nisali’s 22nd Birthday

Growing up, I was lucky to have been provided with everything I wanted and needed. However,…

Nisali’s 22nd Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Growing up, I was lucky to have been provided with everything I wanted and needed. However, this is not the case for a lot of others around the world. So this year, for my birthday, I’m choosing to support Palmera’s Water for Life project to help people in rural parts of Sri Lanka to have clean drinking water and increased farming production so that they can stand on their own two feet for generations to come!

Why Palmera?

They, like me, are for a world where no one is left out. They do that by working with small scale farmers and rural entrepreneurs to increase income, increase savings and improve access to health, nutrition, food, water and among other things, education.

Thank you for being so amazing and continuing to be a part of my life. Please give what you can to support this great cause and make my 22nd birthday even more special than it already will be with you celebrating with me.

$1,100 of $1,000 raised

Luckya and Vibee’s Wedding

Our wedding gift will support the Connecting to Markets project. We have chosen to donate this…

Luckya and Vibee’s Wedding

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

When Vibee’s father told us that he wanted to give us a gift to celebrate our recent wedding, we were very touched.

We were already so lucky to be surrounded by family and friends on the day, and fortunate to live in a safe and prosperous country. We have all we need. So when the three of us sat down to talk about how we might mark the occasion, we immediately thought of Palmera.

We’ve had links with Palmera since its early days, and love that it makes such a meaningful difference to the lives of people in Sri Lanka, a country that means so much to us. The challenges people there face on a daily basis are nothing short of heartbreaking.

By supporting Palmera and creating opportunities for people who need a hand up, we know that we are making someone’s life a bit better. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our love than by sharing it far and wide. We hope that you might consider doing the same.

We’ve decided to put our donation towards the Connecting to Markets project.

This project will help small-scale farmers build successful business farms in the village of Kanthansamy Nagar. In this village, building a thriving farm costs as little as $349 per farmer; this is only $78 a year over the 5-year programme. Each of the 105 farmer will learn how to compete within the farming marketplace and the skills they learn will help them break down barriers that keep them excluded.

With love,

Luckya and Vibee

$3,365 of $3,000 raised

Little JT turns 1

What a year! My Husband, LP and I have been overwhelmed by the love, support and…

Little JT turns 1

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

What a year! My Husband, LP and I have been overwhelmed by the love, support and generosity of our friends and family following the arrival of our son, JT.

As the first grandchild, great grandchild and nephew in our family, our little man has wanted for nothing! It’s hard to believe but in his first year the only things we’ve actually bought him ourselves have been nappies, vests, a few novelty t-shirts and a set of overalls. In the lead up to his birth and the year that’s followed JT has been the lucky recipient of lots and lots of gorgeous toys, books and clothes. We are truly grateful for this and appreciate the warm wishes and affections with which they were gifted.

Unfortunately, not all kids are in this privileged position. However, with this small gesture we’d like to invite our friends and family to do something about this. In lieu of a birthday gift (and to help us out with storage issues!), we’d love it if you could make a donation here, which will go towards Palmera’s Toy Production project.

There are so many great causes and projects out there to support and we really do try to be informed in our giving. We’ve chosen this project for many reasons. Palmera does fantastic work. Their projects reach some of the most disadvantaged communities and ignite real and sustainable change. We’ve been supporters of their work for a long time and can vouch for their integrity and impact. LP and I also met not far from the village this project is supporting and in this small way we’re able to remember and honor the communities that hosted us so generously, despite the hardships they faced.

..and if you still aren’t convinced…JT will have plenty of other birthdays for you to win his affections with gifts, but right now he really is just more interested in the boxes and wrapping!

$28,750 of $25,000 raised

25 Years of Music

Ghanalayam's 25 year anniversary concert will be supporting the Landing a better future project in the…

25 Years of Music

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Uncle Raj has been teaching us the traditional art form of drums and flute at the Ghanalayam Music Academy for the last 25 years. We are excited and proud to be able to showcase our learnings at the 25-year celebration of the Ghanalayam music school.

Our music school has a long partnership with Palmera, and this year we will be raising funds to support the village of Theravil/Valliapuram in the northern region of Mullathivu. More specifically the Landing a Better Future project in the village, which will work with 250 farmers to make the most of their land, access essential training and services, and secure a better future for their families. These villages were heavily impacted by the war and experienced direct conflict as recently as 2009. As a result, the communities are heavily disadvantaged and receive minimal government investment. Without a helping hand they will continue to be economically excluded.

Palmera believes in a hand up not a hand out. This means they work together with 250 families across the villages to improve their economic well-being. They spend 5 years in the village implementing and training them in innovative agricultural practices and helping them to connect to markets so that they can build a livelihood for themselves.

We are humbled to be part of the 25 year Ghanalayam journey and hope that you will share in our achievements and attend our show.

From the senior students of Ghanalayam Music School.

 

$11,500 of $10,000 raised

Dine it Forward Campaign

We were so excited when we came up with the idea for Dine It Forward, we…

Dine it Forward Campaign

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

We were so excited when we came up with the idea for Dine It Forward, we knew it was going to be a fun campaign to run as the majority of the team are foodies. We are looking forward to all the food ‘research’ we can do!

The way the campaign works is that we want people to host a meal for their friends and ask them to contribute an amount to Palmera for the meal. The name Dine it Forward came from the term Pay it Forward. It is all about doing something good to another when someone does something good for you. In this case, when you have hosted a friend or a family member, rather than them inviting you to do the same, they host someone else. Each time, as a thank you, money is raised for those who need it most.

One night after a big ‘research meal’ the team were brain storming how we could make it easier for people to host their own meals and we came up with the brilliant idea of a little ‘pack’ we could send them. The packs includes some recipe cards of Sri Lankan meals, spices they could use to cook the recipes and a CD they could show their guests on Palmera and where the money they donated would be going.

To kick off the campaign we are hosting three events ourselves for the general public. The three events will take place at City Hotel in Sydney where we will serve a full three course Sri Lankan meal. We will also have two chefs Paul Van Ryek and Manuja Fernano cater these meals and also speak to us about Sri Lankan food.

We had another brilliant idea to give all the guests who attend our events a pack to inspire them to host their own events. In these packs we also included some homemade Sri Lankans sweets. The packs where a great idea but we had plenty a late night putting them together and a few cooking fails trying to perfect the Sri Lankan sweets. All up we had to make more than 200 packs!! Not too sure if everyone in the team still thinks it’s a brilliant idea.

We thought it would also be fun to have some food inspired games on the night, so we organised a ‘guess the spice’ game where you guessed it, guests had to guess which ground spice was which.

We also asked the chefs to do some interactive lessons on how to make some simple entrees.

We are very excited to be launching this campaign, we have already sold out of tickets for all three of our launch events and hope that all our long nights organizing will pay off!

$1,220 of $1,000 raised

Jaya’s 30th Birthday

As I approach my 30th and with everything going on this year, I've certainly had the…

Jaya’s 30th Birthday

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$632 of $500 raised

Brown Boss Babes – Girls Night In

Our Girls Night In event will be supporting Palmera's work. We have always admired them and…

Brown Boss Babes – Girls Night In

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

It’s time for our next BBB event!

An evening to dress up in your PJs, fill your bellies with comfort food 1f37f.png1f36b.pngand minds/hearts with just as much soul food  1f64f.png 1f609.png

Think girl chat. Hot cocoa. Plenty of D&M convos on empowerment, life, love, boys, girls and all things inbetween, while networking/connecting with your fellow fierce females.

As the event will be ticketed at a small fee (with all profits going towards Palmera). We have always admired Palmera’s work and wanted to support their new project Graduating The Poor. This project will aim to identify the 100 poorest families in the North and help them and their families and gives them the tools they need to move from struggle to sufficiency.

Show us your interest by RSVPing asap and purchasing tickets through our eventbrite page. This allows us to adequately accomodate food, space and activities for you all.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/brown-boss-babes-girls-night-in-tickets-64507189741

Please share with anyone and everyone you think will be interested in connecting with like-minded women, exchanging stories, exchanging life stories/experiences and having a great night in general!

Follow us over on instagram at @BrownBossBabesAU to find out more about us, daily inspiring posts, BTS content and news on our current and future events!

https://instagram.com/brownbossbabesau

$12,575 of $10,000 raised

Krishnarpanam – Dancing for a Cause

Senior students of the Nrithakshetra School of Indian Classical Dance present: KRISHNARPANAM A colourful and vibrant…

Krishnarpanam – Dancing for a Cause

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Senior students of the Nrithakshetra School of Indian Classical Dance present:

KRISHNARPANAM

A colourful and vibrant Bharatanatyam repertoire featuring innovative and progressive dance choreography based on tales of Lord Krishna.

Bharthanatyam for us at Nrithakshetra isn’t just a weekend hobby. It is a pursuit that allows us to enjoy a true sense of community and family. Along with creating great friendships we express gratitude, discipline, and have a greater understanding of team work. We are extremely fortunate to be able to connect to our culture, heritage and roots through this beautiful art form.

Keeping the essence of Nrithakshetra in mind, Krishnarpanam was initiated with the incentive of giving back to Sri Lankan communities through the Milking it to Save Lives project. Here, we wish to share our gratitude and love towards Bharathanatyam by using this Art to create a positive social impact. With Krishna’s love for butter and curd, we thought this would serve as a fitting theme!

Please support Palmera’s amazing efforts for empowerment through their inspiring sustainability projects by joining us:

Date: Sunday 4th March

Time: 2:30pm

Where: George Wood Performing Arts Center, Ringwood, VIC

For further details or tickets reservations, please contact Trishula on 0413 768 175, alternatively, feel free to make a donation of your capacity

$513 of $400 raised

Oh Baby!

I’ve always been passionate about giving back and what better way to do this than with…

Oh Baby!

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

I’ve always been passionate about giving back and what better way to do this than with the birth of our first child! We are so blessed so my husband and I want to start our new child’s life with the values that we have always been brought up with.

Palmera is a one of a kind organisation, empowering some of the most vulnerable people in Sri Lanka. I’ve been very connected to Sri Lanka which is why this cause means so much to me, in fact, the year I was born in London, they had a house built in Point Pedro, north of Jaffna, named “Shameelaham”, with the dream of moving back home one day. However, that never happened.

This is why I’ve been a supporter of Palmera for a number of years including being a volunteer on various projects.

$1,302 of $1,000 raised

Eastern Empire’s ‘Eternal’

We are Eastern Empire, Sydney’s finest ensemble of South Asian artists. Part of ticket sales for…

Eastern Empire’s ‘Eternal’

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

We are Eastern Empire, Sydney’s finest ensemble of South Asian artists. Since 2011, we have been sharing our inimitable interpretation of Indian music with the world.

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Our latest show is a particularly special one: it is our tribute to Mani Ratnam, an Indian filmmaker who is an idol of Tamil and Hindu cinema. He is credited with revolutionising Tamil-language film, and has collaborated with some incredible composers, including Illaiyaraaja and AR Rahman.

We have been inspired by Mani Ratnam’s musical journey, and our shows explores the sound behind his films, from his early beginnings as a filmmaker to his more recent hits. We are so excited to be sharing this very personal show with you.

We’ve been a supporter of Palmera since its early days. Aside from being a good cause, it has always been important for us to find a way to give back. It’s the right thing to do, and we want to grow while we serve those in need.

That’s why we’re delighted to partner with Palmera for this show, and to be putting part of ticket sales towards improving the lives of women in Sri Lanka’s North. Specifically, we’ll be donating to Palmera’s Women’s Banking Network, which is designed to start and maintain a women’s banking network in Kanthansamy Nagar. In order to do this, the project needs to raise $41,913.

This works out a $279 per women; only $56 a year over the 5-year programme to work with women to better manage their livelihoods, build financial literacy and strengthen savings practices.

We’ll be playing at the Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown. We have two shows on Saturday 29 June: a matinee at 5.30pm and a finale at 8.30pm. More information and tickets are available via our event organiser, iBazaar.

We hope that you can join us to celebrate the work of Mani Ratnam, enjoy a night of music and support a great project.

Look forward to seeing you there,

Eastern Empire

$15,840 of $12,000 raised

Race 2 Raise – Maya Youth in Performing Arts

Palmera Projects used to host an awesome yearly event in the past called ‘Human Race’. It…

Race 2 Raise – Maya Youth in Performing Arts

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Palmera Projects used to host an awesome yearly event in the past called ‘Human Race’. It was an Amazing Race style event where teams solved clues and challenges while racing around Sydney.

We at Maya used this as our inspiration to come up with our own event ‘Race to Raise’. We teamed up with UTS Tamil Society to host the event.

MAYA have made a long term commitment to Palmera. We are working with the Thervipuram village to help families re-establish themselves after the civil war. We believe in the philosophy “giving a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime”. So this is why we will be partnering with Palmera to achieve just that.

For the ‘Race to Raise’, teams of 4 are going to race around Sydney CBD collecting clues, solving puzzles and completing challenges to help rewrite the stories of one village.

This is the first year we have organised a ‘Race to Raise’. We are nervous and excited about how the day is going to go and we are working very hard to make sure it’s a success.

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Date – Sunday, 5 February

Time – 9:30-4pm

Venue – Sydney CBD

Race to Raise will be the first event of many for 2017 to kick off our three year journey with Palmera. Maya has pledged $35k to Palmera’s Thevipuram project for 2017. We have partnered with Palmera because we believe they bring the transparency of a large organisation and the heart and community focus on a grassroots agency.

$39,650 of $30,000 raised

Race 2 Raise 2020

On February 9, 2020 we will be running our 4th annual Race to Raise in Sydney.…

Race 2 Raise 2020

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

$8,000 of $6,000 raised

A Musical Cause

This year we are hosting an annual musical show for Ghanalayam show, with over 30 of…

A Musical Cause

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

My name is Raj and I am the founder of the Ghanalayam Music Academy for Classical Indian Music. At the school, we teach the drums and the flute and over the last 20 years of operation have had hundreds of children learning this ancient art form.

A few months ago I was visiting Sri lanka and had the privilege of visiting Palmera’s projects and saw the need on the ground.

I saw Palmera’s project’s first hand and saw the difference they were having. We had always supported, but when I came back, I wanted to do more. This year we are hosting an annual musical show for Ghanalayam show, with over 30 of the students partaking. We will raise all the funds for Palmera’s Dairy Farming Project.

At Ghanalayam we really loved the idea of the diary project – a way for people to earn an income and also provide nutritious food to their families.

I am from Sri Lanka, we left over 30 years now when the war broke out. I am so glad and grateful that through this year’s musical performance we can give back in this way.

$80,000 of $60,000 raised

Human Race 2010

One weekend, 250 players, 40 volunteers and over $80k raised. The Palmera team organised an Amazing…

Human Race 2010

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

One weekend, 250 players, 40 volunteers and over $80k raised. The Palmera team organised an Amazing Race style race around Sydney CBD and a night stay at Cockatoo Island. Teams fundraised to make the race easier on the day, the more money you raised the more money you had to bribe officials with.

Thank you to all our teams, volunteers and participants for your contribution to the amount raised!

 

$7,000 of $5,000 raised

Beats for a Cause

This year the Eastern Empire team will be presenting THA – Origins of Rhythm in aid…

Beats for a Cause

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

This year the Eastern Empire team will be presenting THA – Origins of Rhythm in aid of Palmera and their amazing work!

Eastern Empire  is a group of classically trained and self taught musicians, from various musical backgrounds with a common aspiration – to foster the musical talent in Sydney. The group was conceived four years ago by Thirukumar Thiagarajah, Ashwin Nair, Ratheepan Rajkumar and Janakan Suthanthiraraj and now have a full ensemble of musicians comprising of vocal, melodic and rhythmic sections.

The group has performed to sell our audiences in Sydney over the past few years, performing Indian cinema and Western cover songs.

Check out one of our many trailers here .

Date:

2 Shows – Sunday 2nd November, 3pm and 7pm

$7,000 of $5,000 raised

Dream of the Drape

For years a small group of us ( starting with 10 and now down to 5…

Dream of the Drape

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

For years a small group of us ( starting with 10 and now down to 5 ) calling ourselves TEWO have been organising ‘events’ on a modest scale for the care of two homes in Northern Sri Lanka. With the end of the War, we were left literally rudderless for a cause – till we discovered Palmera Projects! So all systems go – support the work of this amazing group.

We wanted to be part of the Palmera Adventure and what a better way to achieve this then with an Indian Affair – A Saree Sale!

So we put to use Aunty Nesa’s expertise in textiles and sarees as a once owner of a Saree shop. We will have all types of Sarees, from $60 – $260 on sale, as well as Jewelry and other traditional wares!

Venue:

St. Leonard’s Church Hall, 349, Springvale Road, Glen Waverley

Time:

11am – 4.30 pm

Date:

Sunday, 22nd March 2015

$286 of $200 raised

KiKi Night

KiKi are hosting a great night in support of Palmera on Thursday 14th May 2015, from…

KiKi Night

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

KiKi are hosting a great night in support of Palmera on Thursday 14th May 2015, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at our Westfield, George Street Sydney stores!

For these magical three hours 20% of all proceeds will be going towards Palmera’s programs to help those in need! KiKi ( www.kikki-k.com) began with a young dreamer who lived on a farm in Sweden and now the stationary is a world wide brand!

With snacks and stationary we cant wait to see you there!

$7,174 of $5,000 raised

In Memory of Rajendran

In his passing, we remember our father Dr. Rajanayagam Rajendran (1946 – 2020) as someone who…

In Memory of Rajendran

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

$14,809 of $10,000 raised

International Women’s Day 2017 – Dine it Forward

THIS YEAR, IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WE INVITE YOU TO DINE IT FORWARD. DINE…

International Women’s Day 2017 – Dine it Forward

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

THIS YEAR, IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WE INVITE YOU TO DINE IT FORWARD.

DINE with us to explore authentic flavours of Sri Lankan/Indian cuisine at Indu Dining, and PAY IT FORWARD by exploring the amazing strength of women war survivors and entrepreneurs as Palmera shares its work.

INDU is nestled under the IVY on Pitt Street and they showcase many of Palmera’s recipes on their menu from the Handmade cookbook and have been one of our greatest supporters.

For many women, food and providing for their families is their life and a language they are at ease with. So what better way to tell their story than through food.

A unique event not to be missed, join us and #BeBoldForChange

Where: Indu Dining, 350 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

When: Wednesday 8th March, 11:45am – 2:00pm

Ticket Cost: $100 for a fantastic meal and with all proceeds going to Palmera

Check out the “Updates” tab to see how it went!

$4,446 of $3,000 raised

Dance Production

The ladies at TEWO based in Melbourne are back! TEWO is made up of a group…

Dance Production

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

The ladies at TEWO based in Melbourne are back! TEWO is made up of a group of compassionate women who are determined to make a difference in today’s world. This time, they are organising a Dance Production to support the livelihood projects at Palmera.

The Dance Production called “Krishna – The Blue Lord”, calling upon the Dance Schools of Melbourne. The actual ‘work’ will be selling the tickets so please do join us for what will be an amazing night!

Date:

16th August 2014, 6pm

Location:

Renaissance Theatre, Kew High School, 826 High Street, Kew East

See you all there!

$1,484 of $1,000 raised

City2Surf 2014

Was improving your fitness a new year’s resolution? Have you ever thought about running a marathon?…

City2Surf 2014

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Was improving your fitness a new year’s resolution? Have you ever thought about running a marathon? Are you passionate about sustainable development and ending poverty?

Well this is your chance to run for a cause!

Jeeven and friends got together for the first time to form the Palmera City2Surf team. Join them to raise funds for transformative projects to improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of communities in rural Sri Lanka.

The 14km run is held annually on the second Sunday in August beginning at Hyde Park in the CBD and finishing at Bondi Beach. Aside from a handful of athletes, over 80,000 ordinary Australians will take part too – many running for the very first time. Along the track you’ll hear music, see performers, be offered drinks to keep you hydrated and enjoy the beautiful views of Sydney’s harbour.

Join our team at: Palmera CitytoSurf 2014 Go Fundraise Page

$15,000 of $10,000 raised

Theatre Night

This year our theatre group is so excited to be supporting Palmera! Our show, the Rolling…

Theatre Night

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

This year our theatre group is so excited to be supporting Palmera! Our show, the Rolling Cowley will be show cased to over 1,500 patrons and all proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Palmera’s great work! Because our main inspiration is to help make a direct contribution to the livelihoods of the local dairy farmers and their community, and also connect with our cultural heritage.

MAYA mentors young artistic talent to create life on stage through drama, dance and music.

Join us on the night – we cant wait to see you there!

Check out the trailer 

Check out the team that will be performing on the night here

$2,325 of $3,000 raised

Thambipillai Somasundaram

“His Goodness was not in what he had, but what he gave” We are deeply saddened…

Thambipillai Somasundaram

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$6,085 of $4,000 raised

Kirsty and Jonathan’s Wedding

We are so excited about our upcoming wedding festivities. We have chosed Palmera as our registry…

Kirsty and Jonathan’s Wedding

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

We are so excited about our upcoming wedding festivities. We have chosed Palmera as our registry option because we believe that economically empowering the people of this nation restores dignity and hope to people who have survived war and displacement.

The money you donate will be used for the Easy as Peanuts project.

Sri Lanka is a place with deep significance for us: it has enriched our lives with its unique culture and beautiful peoples. This nation has been ravaged by decades of war, and now, the peoples of Sri Lanka face severe challenges in the form of a disregard for human rights and a growing rule of law crisis.

We would love the next ritual our family celebrates to be spent in a safe, prosperous, and united Sri Lanka. Investing in the future of this nation is the best and most thoughtful present you could give us.

We want to thank all our guests for helping us along this journey and helping us help empower people.

So much love and appreciation,

Jonno and Kirst x

$31,254 of $20,000 raised

MAYA’s Race 2 Raise 2018

IMAGINE… You are a woman in rural Sri Lanka. Having endured civil war, you are now…

MAYA’s Race 2 Raise 2018

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

IMAGINE…

You are a woman in rural Sri Lanka. Having endured civil war, you are now responsible for providing for your family, often unsupported. You and your children face the all too real risk of poverty, violence and isolation.

Many of these women are trapped in a cruel cycle. In order to make impossible ends meet, they are often forced to endure physical and sexual abuse or fall victim to human trafficking.

And on top of it all, they face this alone.

BUT THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY…

An opportunity to rewrite their story.

A chance to give their children a new future.

A door opened by you.

Palmera Projects are an incredible not-for-profit organisation that has stepped into the lives of these women in need, establishing projects that build sustainable livelihoods.

Palmera connects vulnerable women to technologies and infrastructure to produce an independent income. With financial stability, these women can build a safe home and environment for themselves and their families. Projects are structured to ensure that after 5 years of Palmera’s aid, these women, their families and their community are able to stand on their own feet- never requiring our assistance again.

The benefits of enabling financial independence extend beyond the obvious and including reducing domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking and improving mental health outcomes.

The Race to Raise 2018 will be more specifically supporting the Women’s Village Bank in Colony. We decided on this project as building a savings habit and creating a safe way to save and a platform for loans enables women to build wealth and improve their resilience to shocks which would otherwise risk their family from falling back into poverty. It enables women to stand on their own two feet, make their own decisions and be in control of their financial circumstances.

AND THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP

On Sunday the 4th of February 2018, our team at MAYA Youth in Performing Arts are partnering with Palmera Projects to hold MAYA’s Annual Raise to Race. Teams of 4 will race through the streets of Sydney’s CBD collecting clues, solving puzzles and completing challenges. Last year it was a blast, and this year it’s going to be even bigger and better.

We need you to join us and become an advocate for Palmera and help raise money for Women’s Village Bank. Raise upwards of $400 as a team (i.e. $100 per person) to be a participant in this race OR donate to support one of the incredible teams helping these women rewrite their stories! Click here to get involved today!

$800 of $500 raised

Sharmila and Amalan’s Wedding

Amalan and I are getting married in December at Le Montage and we are so excited…

Sharmila and Amalan’s Wedding

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Amalan and I are getting married in December at Le Montage and we are so excited for our big day!

We have been thinking about what to do as gifts for our guests that would meaningful yet practical. After giving it a lot of thought we decided that instead of favours we would instead donate the money to Palmera in the name each of our guests. We have been long term supporters of Palmera and know the work they do really makes a difference to people’s livelihoods.  We think our guests will love the idea and think it’s an amazing way to kick off our married life together.

$11,720 of $10,000 raised

Fatboy can’t swim

In memory of Soruban Rajakulendran: Dad to three young women. In support of the Women’s Banking…

Fatboy can’t swim

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

In memory of Soruban Rajakulendran: Dad to three young women.

In support of the Women’s Banking Network project.

On September 29th, I’ll be doing my first Triathlon in Singapore. As of June, I could only swim 20 metres. This Triathlon will require a 1,500m open water swim, 40km bike and 10km run, all in the blazing hot Singapore sun.

The Raise:

I’m looking to raise $10,000 for the Women’s Banking Network project supporting 110 women over 5 years (who in turn support over 500 people). Teaching women financial literacy skills and giving them access to low interest emergency funds gives them a voice in the household and sets them on a path to independence and continual growth, breaking the cycle of aid. Helping women with finance initiatives is one of the most effective ways to lift families out of poverty.

The Ask:

Give what you can. Bet with me, against me, or laugh at me. It’s all for a good cause.

I’m aiming for less than 4hrs with a stretch goal of less than 3hrs 30mins.

Sorbs sadly passed in July. But anyone who knew him, knew he was the #1 supporter of anything people put themselves into – business, investments, fitness, or charity. “Good work, keep it up” was his motto.

About Palmera:

Palmera is one of only about accredited members of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), and your donations are tax deductible in Australia. 90% of funds reach the field, and Palmera specifically focusses on development projects like this one, over simply aid, to break the cycle of poverty.

$1,659 of $1,000 raised

City2Surf 2015

After the enormous success of our inaugural Team Palmera Projects in the 2014 City2Surf, we're back…

City2Surf 2015

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

After the enormous success of our inaugural Team Palmera Projects in the 2014 City2Surf, we’re back again and ready to run!

Our first team of 11 runners raised over $1100 last year to fund a sanitation project to build much needed toilet facilities for a number of families.

This year we’d love to grow our team and invite all friends of Palmera join our team and run for a cause. Every dollar raised will help us break the dependency of aid and empower families in Sri Lanka to take control of their own livelihoods.

On the 9th of August, you can put the FUN in fundraising by joining Australia’s largest community marathon, make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate and achieve a new fitness goal!

Just like every charity team, you will receive a Palmera T-shirt to wear on the run this year and will see our entire team waiting to cheer you on as you cross the finish line. You may even run into (literally) some of Australia’s most prominent sports people, politicians or celebrities along the way!

Join our team at the Palmera City2Surf 2015 Go Fundraise Page

$1,659 of $1,000 raised

City2Surf 2015

After the enormous success of our inaugural Team Palmera Projects in the 2014 City2Surf, we're back…

City2Surf 2015

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

$860 of $500 raised

A Piece of Peace

We are running an event on the afternoon of Saturday June 3rd with a group of…

A Piece of Peace

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

We are running an event on the afternoon of Saturday June 3rd with a group of Sri Lankan women to inspire each other to connect together and share their experiences with food, understanding and good will. We wanted to share a few projects to kick-start the inspiration and what better project to focus on that than with the Handmade book by Palmera.

This book is more than a cook book or a coffee table book. It tells the stories of the women of the North of Sri Lanka, their resilience and determination to move forward despite their past struggles – its great that the proceeds of the book is being given to the women to enable them to be self-sufficient through their micro-business schemes.

On a personal level, I‘m attracted and attached to this book as akin to an ‘heirloom’, it memorialises wonderfully the ‘home’ recipes of our heritage and reminds me of the delights made by my grandmother in days gone by – it is a book to share with the next generation too!”

So please come and join us for an afternoon of inspiration!

Date: 3 June 2017

Time: 12-4pm

Venue: St Ethelburga’s Centre

78 Bishopsgate

London EC2N 4AG

Tickets: £3 includes food

Book at https://www.stethelburgas.org/event/a-piece-of-peace

$3,500 of $2,000 raised

1 Million Steps for Palmera

Maiurei and Nila are walking 1 million steps to fundraise for the Graduating the Poor program.…

1 Million Steps for Palmera

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal!

Hi everyone!

We (Maiurei and Nila) have decided to raise money for Palmera’s Graduating the Poor project by taking 1 million steps each over the next 2 months. We have been long term supporters of Palmera all the way from London and have been helping with the Handmade cookbook distribution here.

Palmera is an organisation that has various projects set out to support those who have been affected by poverty in Sri Lanka due to the civil war. The ‘Graduating the Poor’ project aims to identify 120 of the poorest in the Kandavalli district of Killinochi, and work with them over 2 years to help them out of poverty. They ensure families have access to food and healthcare whilst also helping them build their financial resilience.

We are  hoping to raise at least £750 through your generosity and compassion!!! We would like to thank you in advance for your support and will update you with our progress through our posts on our Instagram.

Thank you,

Maiurei and Nila

$1,750 of $1,000 raised

‘Fall of the Wall’ Charity Ball

We at EmpowerMEnt have always been big supporters of Palmera and have a very close relationship…

‘Fall of the Wall’ Charity Ball

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

We at EmpowerMEnt have always been big supporters of Palmera and have a very close relationship with the team. So when we decided to hold our Charity Ball we really wanted to use this as a platform to help promote Palmera, an organisation so close to our hearts.

EmpowerMEnt is a Melbourne based Charity with a mission to build awareness on currency social justice matters, and more specifically, with organisations that aid innocent civilians that have faced the negative repercussions of war and terror.

We believe Palmera aligned perfectly with our mission as they do a great job in aiding civilians in Sri Lanka to help rebuild a sustainable life post-war through their various projects.

We are very excited about our upcoming Ball which will help educate, build awareness and generate funds towards such an important pending matter. With less than two weeks to go we are busy organising all the on-the-day details.

We hope you can join us for a memorable night.

DETAILS

Venue: Red Scooter

When: Friday 5th of May, 8pm until midnight

Tickets: $120 per person

Group discount: $110 per person (for groups of 4 or more)

To purchase tickets please click the link: https://www.trybooking.com/PBFP

 

 

$3,749 of $2,000 raised

Vyhari’s 21st Birthday

I am from Sydney but am currently studying Dentistry at James Cook University in Cairns. I…

Vyhari’s 21st Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

I am from Sydney but am currently studying Dentistry at James Cook University in Cairns. I am absolutely delighted to be celebrating my 21st birthday with my family and friends in April.

I am one of the privileged few, and need nothing more in my life than all your love. However, the same cannot be said about many others around the world. So in place of a birthday gift, I’m kindly inviting you to make a donation to Palmera Projects instead. Palmera is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that implements livelihood projects in rural and vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka.

I’m very excited for the funds to be going to The Water for Life Project! Palmera are working to restore 10 common wells that were damaged by war. This will directly impact 48 families by giving them access to clean drinking water as well as for their farming needs so as to re-establish their livelihoods. Access to clean water will help improve their production so that they can stand on their own two feet in the near-distant future.

Please give what you can to support this amazing project!

$950 of $500 raised

Himyni’s 1st Birthday

We have been blessed with a beautiful baby daughter, Himyni. We wanted to celebrate her first…

Himyni’s 1st Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

We have been blessed with a beautiful baby daughter, Himyni. We wanted to celebrate her first big milestone turning one with all of our family and friends.

We knew that our family and friends wanted to mark her special occasion in a memorable way. So instead of toys and clothing we asked for family and friends to donate towards Palmera’s livelihood projects.

Himyni is privileged to have been born into a country where all her needs and wants are accessible and within easy reach. We want to be able to teach her from a young age that if you are fortunate enough to have all your needs met  to look for ways to assist others who are not in the same position.

We admire the tireless work that Palmera has done in Sri Lanka and we were especially drawn towards the village livelihood projects which will have long term impacts for many people. As a family we hope to continue to follow the great work of Palmera and one day take Himyni to Sri Lanka to see the progress.

$1,000 of $1,000 raised

Neil and Gana’s Wedding

Gana and I getting married on the 24th of November 2018. We have decided to donate…

Neil and Gana’s Wedding

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Gana and I are getting married this November. We are so thrilled and excited for our big day.

Earlier this year Gana and I did one of the most amazing things together, we went on the Palmera Village Experience trip to Sri Lanka. This journey gave us both a chance to give back to the Sri Lankan communities that have suffered from the 30 year long civil war in a meaningful way. We learnt a lot about what Palmera does, how it helps these communities and how much it really makes a difference to people’s livelihoods. It made us want to give back more!

We wanted Palmera to be part of our big day in some way. So we decided that instead of favours we would instead donate the money to Palmera in the name each of our guests. We wanted in particular to support the Connecting to markets project.

This project will help build thriving business farms in the village of Kanthansamy Nagar. In this village building a thriving farm costs as little as $349 per farmer; which is only $78 a year over the 5-year programme. Each of the 105 farmer will learn how to compete and be successful within the farming marketplace and the skills they learn will help them break down barriers that keep them excluded. We think that’s money well spent!

We can’t wait to see what our guests think about our idea. We hope they love and appreciate it.  We think it’s an amazing way to kick off our married life together!

$4,000 of $2,000 raised

Kooththu Tamil Kids Fair

The Kooththu event will fundraise for the Creating Leaders project. The project aims to provide critical…

Kooththu Tamil Kids Fair

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

This year, Ammas and Kutties (a Tamil mothers group in Sydney) will be holding our inaugural event, Kooththu, a children’s fair. Our purpose is to foster a strong sense of identity and social responsibility amongst children of second generation Tamil mothers (and their families!). All proceeds will go to Palmera and we’d love this event to kick start the next generation of philanthropists in our community!

We will have lots of fun activities for the kids, both indoor and outdoor.There will be a tamil kids book launch, Tamil food  and sweet stalls, interactive dance performances, panel discussions for parents and much more… All kids will also receive a goodie bag on arrival.

And for everyone who books their ticket before the 14th of November will go into the draw to win this amazing book gift pack valued at over $140. Book your tickets here to go in the draw today!

We love the work Palmera does to support women just like us. We know it’s just by some twist of fate that we’ve ended up in such a privileged situation and feel it’s our duty to something to support those less fortunate than us, and be great role models for our kids (kutties!) too.

All funds raised will be donated to the Creating Leaders project, we chose this project as its a children’s based project and being amma’s this project spoke to us. The project will provide critical life and employment skills for youth transitioning from school to employment.

$1,000 of $500 raised

Fiona and Hari’s wedding

Fiona and I are getting married on the 8 September 2017. We have been planning the…

Fiona and Hari’s wedding

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Fiona and I are getting married on the 8 September 2017. We have been planning the wedding festivities for over a year and are very excited for the upcoming events

We have been thinking about doing something special to celebrate our union and the union of our families.

We decided instead of having favours at our wedding for our guests we would do something they would remember and something that would make a difference to others, we would donate money on our guests behalf to Palmera.

I’ve always been a big fan of Palmera and the cause since 2009, when I did the Human Race.  It was heaps of fun and such a clever idea to raise money! So whenever charities come to mind, the first I think of is Palmera. I am also a big advocate for humanitarian issues, and knowing how it has affected families around us, I want to make a change.

We chose the Milking It to Change Lives project because we believe in animal welfare, and agriculture is a very sensitive issue to deal with in regards to animals. The animals deserve to be treated with respect – something that isn’t done very well at all, especially in first-world countries. The fresh start the farmers of the North have is a great opportunity to educate the farmers to ensure that the animals and humans can work together and provide for each other, rather than one hurting the other to get what they want.

We hope our drop in the ocean inspires others to donate further. Together we can all make a more significant change.

 

$500 of $500 raised

Indian Dance School Annual Concert – 2017

Did you know 60 million primary aged children are not in school. This fact shocked but…

Indian Dance School Annual Concert – 2017

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Did you know 60 million primary aged children are not in school. This fact shocked but also motivated me to support Palmera. We at Indian Dance School teach dance to so many young children and can’t imagine a life where they aren’t able to go to school.

The Indian Dance School is all about building a dance community and developing dance confidence and skills. Every year we organize a concert to showcase our dancers and what they’ve learnt over the year. This is one of the most exciting times of the year for IDS. This year we chose Palmera to give our proceeds to from the concert. As a women I love that Palmera support vulnerable women in the community and help them be independent, I also love that they support young children to live life and be care free.

We have been long-term supporters of Palmera and would love to help them create a world where no one is left out.

Please support us support Palmera and buy a ticket to an action packed night of dance.

Details 

Date – 23 September

Venue – C3 Church

Time – 6pm

$500 of $500 raised

Vanitha’s 40th Birthday

Dear friends, I am looking forward to seeing you all at my 40th birthday party. If…

Vanitha’s 40th Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Dear friends,

I am looking forward to seeing you all at my 40th birthday party. If you are considering bringing gifts, I would really appreciate if you could instead channel those funds as donations to Palmera.

Palmera is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses mainly on helping people in Sri Lanka who have been disenfranchised and displaced due to the civil war that stretched over two decades. I love their approach which is to provide resources to farmers and rural entrepreneurs which in turn enable them to be self-sufficient and financially independent.

The funds from your donation will go to Palmera’s Womens Banking Network project.

I hope you would support my campaign and help others who are less privileged. See you on the 28th.

Lots of Love,

Vanitha

$1,000 of $1,000 raised

Sambavi’s Village Experience

Hi everyone! My name is Sam, and I’ve been volunteering with Palmera for almost three years…

Sambavi’s Village Experience

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Hi everyone!

My name is Sam, and I’ve been volunteering with Palmera for almost three years now! It is a brilliant Australian-run NGO that is really close to my heart. Palmera works with communities in the North and East of Sri Lanka, especially with women, rural entrepreneurs and farmers, to innovate sustainable solutions and allow them to lead dignified lives in the aftermath of a long-running civil war.

I’m going on a Village Experience trip with 9 other individuals in January 2018 to experience first-hand the economic and social initiatives that Palmera has instituted in many of these rural communities. I’m excited to see the sustainable economic and social model that Palmera has self-innovated- called the Village 2 Markets Program- which is being run in many of these communities and has allowed many individuals to raise their livelihood and markedly improve their opportunities in life.

I hope to ask for your support and garner a lot of fundraising so we can contribute to this program, which will directly impact beneficiaries on the ground. I will be raising funds for the Livelihood Kickstarter project. This project will directly impact 36 small farmers and benefit over 120 people. We will introduce new technologies and practices that will increase yield and prevent losses during flooding. Through this the income of these farmers will increase and help them better meet their needs and goals.

I’ll keep you updated on my journey to Sri Lanka and on my Village Experience trip! Please donate to my trip and thank you all for your generosity!!

$295 of $290 raised

Janani’s Village Experience

Hey friends! My name is Janani and I am very excited to be part of a…

Janani’s Village Experience

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Hey friends!

My name is Janani and I am very excited to be part of a team who will be pioneering Palmera projects new initiative, the Livelihood Kickstarter project.

This will involve us travelling to Northern Villages in Sri Lanka, to work on, and learn hands-on, the foundations in building sustainable livelihood projects in war-affected areas.

The aim of this specific project is to support the training of farmers to new techniques identified in improving farming effectiveness. We will provide intensive mentoring so that in time, farmers understand and have fully adopted these improved practices. With these farmers being upskilled, they will be able to self-sustain themselves, and as a result, empower their broader community. This project will directly impact 36 small-scale farmers and indirectly benefit over 120 people.

Why are we focussing on this self-sustainable project? The purpose of these sustainable projects is to create ongoing support for individuals in war-affected areas so that they are able to create a livelihood on their own once we have left. It allows these individuals to get back on their feet, but will also help to re-empower them to rebuild their lives on their own. This will provide purpose and a level of self-worth and satisfaction, which may have been previously lost.

Although I will be covering my costs for this journey, I invite you to make a donation to this cause itself, if you feel as passionately about making self-sustainable changes that will empower people who need it most, as much I do! The Livelihood Kickstarter project.

We will keep you updated on the changes we are all making together.

Much love, Janani

$970 of $950 raised

Megan’s 30th Birthday

My 30th birthday is coming up and I’m very excited for it but not just because…

Megan’s 30th Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

My 30th birthday is coming up and I’m very excited for it but not just because I get to catch up with all my awesome friends but also because its an opportunity to introduce the incredible work of Palmera. There is nothing critical missing from my life so I am asking everyone to donate the funds they would have spent on a present to a charity that is very close to my heart – Palmera.

I sit on the board of Palmera and know how hard they work. It’s one of the best run organisations I have come across, as one of a handful of smaller NFP’s accredited under DFAT for government support. The team’s diligence with governance, impact measurement, building efficient and effective operations is outstanding.

Palmera tackles very complex and systemic issues in Sri Lanka and works with the community’s most vulnerable people connecting them to economic opportunities.

I believe their sophisticated approach is what is needed for lasting results, but it does require Palmera to seek the type of donor who is intelligent and brave enough to understand that it takes time, it takes a mix of tailored solutions and approaches, and it can’t be summed up into a catch phrase like “buy a goat for a village for $50”. That goat is a band-aid when there are no vets, no fences, no market for ongoing goat farming.

They are treating the cause rather than the symptoms. This is why I am a big believer in their work and why I’m passionate about spreading the word about Palmera’s work.

Specifically the gifts you provide will support the thriving farms project. You can read a little more about that here.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday 15th July and hope that you can support Palmera create a world where no one is left out.

$1,025 of $1,000 raised

Shayan’s 1st Birthday

Shayan's first birthday will be supporting the Livelihood Kickstarter project. Livelihoods have recommenced for 36 farmers…

Shayan’s 1st Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Dear family & friends,

Our little prince is turning ONE on the 3rd of May 2018. As proud parents of Shayan we would love to help him take the 1st step to become a generous and kind-hearted person in his bright future.

The people from our ancestral land Sri Lanka are in the midst of rebuilding their lives after years of civil war and we would love nothing more than to assist them with your help. In place of a birthday gift, we are kindly requesting you to make a donation through Shayan’s 1st Birthday campaign. Donations will go to the Livelihood Kickstarter project.

In addition to your love, we would consider this the greatest birthday gift of all.

Read more about the project here.

Thank you all in advance!

$5,150 of $5,000 raised

Silly Walk 2019

The Silly Walk 2019 will be supporting the Connecting to Markets project. We love the work…

Silly Walk 2019

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

That’s me on the left (Abhi) and my mate Chiranth on the right.

This walk has been 4 years in the making! On October 5th my good mate Chiranth and I (Abhi) will be walking 100Kms in 24hours from Narrabeen Lakes in the north to Bronte Beach in the south. Why? Because we’re both pretty silly! You’d have to be to put your body through something like this.

We could have done something else that weekend… gone to the beach, watched a movie or binge watched the new season of Stranger Things but instead we’re gonna be slogging it out in the day (and night) trying to reach Bronte Beach by 1pm the next day.

Oh and if the walk wasn’t challenging enough, along the way, we’re gonna be doing even sillier challenges like sit ups at 50km, sculling a beer at 70km and whatever else you guys get us to do! See I told you we were bonkers!

We started training for this Silly Walk (#sillywalk2019) a few months back and with under 2 months to go, would love for you to join us on the business end of things as we head towards the big day on 5th October!

Ok now for the serious bit – This walk has been 4 years in the making because 4 years ago my late brother Dhananjay (DJ) conquered this same 100km walk in 24hours. He did it for many reasons but one of them was to get his mental and physical health back in order. You can see videos of him on this pursuit on our insta page (sillywalksydney). He smashed the 100kms alright and conquered many of his demons along the way too! Oh and he also raised a ton of money for this wonderful charity Palmera.

Sadly, 3 months after completing his walk, he passed away and shuffled off this mortal coil. He left behind wonderful memories for family and friends that will last us a lifetime.

One of our last few conversations before he left us, was his wish to get our family & friends out walking regularly, as he had found it therapeutic in working through his issues and he wished for others to do likewise.

I thought I’d put his advice into practice and give this walking thing a go! It’s not bad at all I tell ya!

So in this grand plan to make this 100Km walk a thing, my good mate Chiranth jumped at the chance to shoot the breeze with me for hours on end! I’m sure he’s gonna regret saying “yes” by the end of this thing. So here we are. Chiranth & I are doing a 100Km walk in 24 hours, in memory of my inspiring brother DJ, trying to get ourselves fit, and trying to raise as much money as we can for the great work that Palmera does with women in Sri Lanka, so that they have the choice, freedom and dignity in how they live their lives! This run will support the Connecting to Markets project.

This project will help build thriving business farms for 105 farmers, the farms will cost as little as $349 per farmer; which is only $78 a year over the 5-year programme. Each of the 105 farmer will learn how to compete and be successful within the farming marketplace and the skills they learn will help them break down barriers that keep them excluded from markets.

How can you get behind this grand plan

1. Start walking regularly and make it a daily habit

2. Donate however much you can and support the work that Palmera does!

3. Why not join Chiranth and I on the walk on the big day!

You can walk much you want to!? Just drop us an email or hit us up on insta.

100Km (very silly)

50Km (slightly silly)

30Km (somewhat childish)

15Km (a little bit foolish)

10Km (moderately whimsical)

5Km (rather earnest)

1Km (very serious)

Like, share and comment on the below :

email : [email protected]

facebook event – Silly Walk Sydney 2019

insta : sillywalksydney

 

$995 of $950 raised

Zia’s 1st Birthday

Zia's birthday will be supporting Palmera's Graduating the Poor project. This project will identify 100 of…

Zia’s 1st Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Hello Everyone,

Our little ZiZi baby is turning one and we wanted to celebrate her birthday by supporting a cause through Palmera. Zia is privileged to have received lots of clothes, books and toys over the last year and most importantly lots of love from all of you. We would really like to take this opportunity to help make a positive impact in someone else’s life who needs it more by supporting the Graduating the Poor project.

About Palmera:

Palmera is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses mainly on helping people in Sri Lanka who have been displaced due to the civil war. They help provide resources to those less fortunate which in turn enable them to be self-sufficient and financially independent.

About Graduating the Poor

There are women and men who live in absolute poverty in Northern Sri Lanka. The project is designed to address their immediate needs while also investing in their longer-term training, development and planning. It helps families secure the basic things like food and access to healthcare, but it also aims to build their financial resilience through savings. It also makes sure that these families are integrated in their community. At the moment, they are often very isolated, which just makes their situation even more dire.

With our help, families can find a better way to make a reliable income, therefore positively impacting current and future generations.

We hope that you can support those who are less fortunate through this campaign. We look forward to celebrating Zia’s 1st birthday with all of you.

Lots of Love,

Zia, Asha & Gowreeson xo

$3,150 of $3,000 raised

Jodhaa’s 1st Birthday

To my dearest friends and family, Thank you deeply for joining me and my family in…

Jodhaa’s 1st Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

To my dearest friends and family,

Thank you deeply for joining me and my family in celebrating my first birthday. In case you couldn’t tell already, I love Moana! She is an island girl just like me! Aside from loving Moana for being so darn cute, I admire her for choosing to uphold the greater good above self-interest. She, luckily, was raised without culturally imposed gender constraints and was encouraged and empowered to be a leader on her island. On her journey to save her island, she displays bravery, compassion, and resilience — traits that are key to being an effective leader.

Sri Lanka, by heritage, is my island.  The people from my ancestral land are in the midst of rebuilding their lives after years of civil war, and I would love nothing more than to assist with this with all of your help. In place of a birthday gift, I’m kindly asking you to make a donation to the ‘Creating Leaders‘ project being implemented in Kandansamy Nagar by Palmera. ‘Creating Leaders’ is all about providing children and youth with critical life and employment-based skills to facilitate their transition from school into employment. I believe this project can empower the children and youth of Sri Lanka and help create some fabulous leaders who may one day help in the rebuilding process of their own village and possibly even become official village leaders just like Moana!

Please help me help them by donating to my page! In addition to your love, I would consider this the greatest birthday gift of all!

Thank you, in advance!

With all my love,

Jodhaa Parvathi Nirmalananda

$1,050 of $1,000 raised

Visakan’s Village Diary

Hi everyone! My name is Visakan and I am very excited to be working on a…

Visakan’s Village Diary

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Hi everyone!

My name is Visakan and I am very excited to be working on a brilliant initiative by Palmera projects called Livelihood Kickstarter in Thervipuram, Puthukudiyiruppu. I have always believed in and admired the resilience and determination of war-affected people in the North and East of Sri Lanka, as well as their ability to empower themselves through community-wide development projects.

While I will cover the entire costs of my trip, I would like to give people who are as passionate as I am about this cause the chance to donate directly to this project. The money you donate on this page will go directly to the war-affected people on the ground in Thervipuram in the form of new farming technologies, skills training and financial assistance.

The reason that I am so passionate about this particular project, is that it is a sustainable initiative which prioritises building the capacity of the individuals we will be working with. This means that after the project concludes, the farmers of Thervipuram will be able to advance their own aspirations without needing outside intervention. They will also be able to share the knowledge and experience they have gained through this project with other farmers in their community and the wider Puthukudiyiruppu region.

The project also has a natural, positive impact upon the wider community in Thervipuram since increased productivity for the farmers will allow them to better provide for their families and children. You can read more about the project here.

Finally I would like to say that, as you may know, Puthukudiyiruppu is one of the most war-affected places in Vanni and so the money you donate here will go further than you can imagine in Thervipuram. I hope that you are able to donate and thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all your generosity. I will keep you updated on my experiences with the project after the trip and how your money has positively benefited the people of Thervipuram!

$525 of $500 raised

Kiran’s 4th Birthday

This year, our little superhero Kiran is turning 4… And like all superheroes, he wants to…

Kiran’s 4th Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

This year, our little superhero Kiran is turning 4… And like all superheroes, he wants to help those in need.

So if you wish to give him a hand with his mission, rather than a present, we ask for you to make a contribution to Palmera — our charity of choice.

Kiran’s birthday will be supporting the Graduating the Poor program. This program will work with women and men who live in absolute poverty in Northern Sri Lanka. The project is designed to address their immediate needs while also investing in their longer-term training, development and planning.

We look forward to seeing you and celebrating Kiran’s birthday together!

$3,245 of $3,000 raised

Khyilan’s 1st Birthday

Our Khyilan, affectionately known ‘Thamby’ by most, is turning one and we can’t think of a…

Khyilan’s 1st Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Our Khyilan, affectionately known ‘Thamby’ by most, is turning one and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than supporting the work of Palmera. Our boys have been born into a life of privilege, one that is safer, healthier, wealthier, and with far more opportunities than those of their counterparts in North-East Sri Lanka. With this small gesture, we hope to be able to contribute to changing that for future generations.

(We also hope to avoid further clutter and toys in our home! Thamby wants for nothing and really enjoys nothing more than emptying our kitchen cupboards and chasing his brother around).

We’ve set a high target for Thamby’s 1st birthday, but his Annah/big brother raised this much so we hope he’ll be able to do the same !

Funds raised will go to the Savings For Life project.

xx

Loga Prasanna and Tammy

$1,083 of $1,000 raised

Priya’s Surprise Birthday

Priya's Birthday will be supporting help men and women who live in absolute poverty in the…

Priya’s Surprise Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Priya is a dear friend to all of us and her birthday is coming up on the 14th of May! So we thought the best way to honour Priya was to support one of the causes near to her heart!

COVID has hit the poorest in ways we cannot imagine, including in Countries like Sri Lanka. Palmera is a charity that does amazing work undertaking projects to develop communities and help them become self sufficient. Priya has been a supporter to Palmera for many years.

Join us and instead of a gift this year, let us give the gift of giving to help those in need.

But SHSSSHHH we want this to be a surprise for her on her birthday so please don’t mention this page to her.

Palmera is a tax-deductible, Australian Government accredited organisation that has been working tirelessly on the ground with these communities for over a decade. Your support will no doubt impact those in need

About the project

Funds from Priya’s Birthday will supporting the Graduating the Poor program.  This program will help women and men who live in absolute poverty in Northern Sri Lanka. It will address their immediate needs while also investing in their longer-term training, development and planning. It helps families secure the basic things like food and access to healthcare, but it also aims to build their financial resilience through savings. It also makes sure that these families are integrated in their community. At the moment, they are often very isolated, which just makes their situation even more dire.

With your help, families can find a better way to make a reliable income, therefore positively impacting current and future generations. We hope that you can support those who are less fortunate through this campaign.

How you will be updated

Please keep an eye out in your email (the one you used to make the donation) as you will receive a detailed update on how your funds we used in about three months. You will also receive a quick update the day after you make your donation.  If you don’t receive the emails please check your junk mail and put us on your safe list if you do find the email there.

$325 of $300 raised

Saru’s Village Experience

I will be travelling to Thevipuram in Sri Lanka to see Palmera's projects first hand. Please…

Saru’s Village Experience

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Hi everyone,

I’m Saru and I’m going to be partaking in a Village Experience trip in January 2018 to see and experience first-hand some of the amazing projects Palmera has set up in various communities in Sri Lanka.

Over the last few years the importance of understanding my roots and giving back to my homeland especially after the civil war has become of utmost importance to me, and the Village Experience is a fantastic way that will let me do that.

I will be raising funds for the Livelihood Kickstarter project. This project will directly impact 36 small farmers and benefit over 120 people. The project aims to introduce new technologies and practices that will increase yield and prevent losses during flooding. Through this the income of these farmers will increase and help them better meet their needs and goals. This project is part of Palmera’s Village2Markets program whereby Palmera works with the whole village to increase income, savings and wealth of local producers and entrepreneurs.

Please help me help Palmera create a world here no one is left out. Every bit counts towards creating a change, and it would mean a lot to have your support.

Thank you

Saru

$4,675 of $4,500 raised

Yaalini Turns One

Our mahal (daughter) Yaalini யாழினி is turning one. She is blessed with two annahs (big brothers),…

Yaalini Turns One

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Our mahal (daughter) Yaalini யாழினி is turning one. She is blessed with two annahs (big brothers), family, and friends who love her and will support her grow into a strong Thamil woman. She wants for nothing. As we celebrate her first birthday we’d like to share her with women of North-East Sri Lanka who are raising strong Thamil women in difficult circumstances.

Palmera does fantastic work. Their projects reach some of the most disadvantaged communities and ignite real and sustainable change. We’ve been supporters of their work for a long time and can vouch for their integrity. We have chosen to support the Connecting to Markets project.

This project will help build thriving business farms in the village of Kanthansamy Nagar. In this village building a thriving farm costs as little as $349 per farmer; which is only $78 a year over the 5-year programme. Each of the 105 farmer will learn how to compete and be successful within the farming marketplace and the skills they learn will help them break down barriers that keep them excluded. We think that’s money well spent!

We’ve set the target at the amount both her brothers raised so please help her beat them!

Lots of love

Tammy, LP, JT, Khyilan and Yaalini

$2,200 of $2,000 raised

Ganasri & Neil’s Village Experience

We are taking on a journey to Sri Lanka with Palmera. Palmera is a not-for-profit organisation…

Ganasri & Neil’s Village Experience

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

We are taking on a journey to Sri Lanka with Palmera. Palmera is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on empowering women and men in Sri Lanka who are living in post-war communities to build a livelihood for themselves in order to support their families. These women and men have faced more than you and I can come close to imagining– many have lost their loved ones to a brutal civil war and many have lived in fear for more than half their life.

For me (Neil) this trip will be a path of discovery through going into the unknown and experiencing life within a post war society. I look forward to witnessing and being part of the work Palmera will be doing to rebuild these communities.

For me (Gana) this will be about self-discovery as I will be seeking to understand the contrasting views of the beauty of Sri Lankan culture, land and people against the terrible recounts of war, crime and poverty of my heritage.

This journey gives us both a chance to give back to Sri Lankan communities that have suffered from the 30 year long civil war in a meaningful way.

We will be raising funds for the Livelihood Kickstarter project. This project will directly impact 36 small farmers and benefit over 120 people. The project aims to introduce new technologies and practices that will increase yield and prevent losses during flooding. Through this the income of these farmers will increase and help them better meet their needs and goals.

$4,500 of $2,000 raised

TEWO 20 Year Anniversary

The TEWO high tea is supporting Palmera's Women’s Banking Network project

TEWO 20 Year Anniversary

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

It’s our (TEWO) 20th anniversary and we wanted to celebrate our 20 years of making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged women in the Tamil Homelands in Sri Lanka. We want you to come celebrate with us! See details of our events below:

Event: A scrumptious high tea followed by a fashion show

Date: Sunday 13 October 2019

Time: 4 – 7pm

Venue: St Jude’s Parish Hall, 29 George Street, Scroesby VIC

Ticket: $40 pp

Our high tea will have over 20 Sri Lankan and Western items. The menu includes jalapeno rolls, pecan tarts, Malaysian tapioca cake, pan rolls, scones and many more. The fashion show, “The Unsewn Fabric’, will showcase the myriad of ways the unsewn fabric can crate limitless drapes.

At TEWO we really admire the great work Palmera does and how they help women in the North become independent and look after themselves and their families. We decided to donate the proceeds from our event to the Women’s Banking Network project.

This project will help build thriving business farms in the village of Kanthansamy Nagar. In this village building a thriving farm costs as little as $349 per farmer; which is only $78 a year over the 5-year programme. Each of the 105 farmers will learn how to compete and be successful within the farming marketplace, and the skills they learn will help them break down barriers that keep them excluded.

We would like to thank everyone who helped us get to 20 years and look forward to celebrating with you all!

The TEWO team

$2,300 of $1,000 raised

Bobby’s 70th

Bobby's 70th birthday will be supporting the Connecting to Markets project. This particular project will be…

Bobby’s 70th

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

On December 6th , our Appah will be turning 70. It was important for him to celebrate with his family and friends.

What Appah needs, he already has, so he thought that you can celebrate with him by giving to Palmera because you’ve already given him what he needs this year – your blessings and love.

Appah’s birthday will support Palmera’s Connecting to Markets project. This project will help build thriving business farms in the village of Kanthansamy Nagar. In this village building a thriving farm costs as little as $349 per farmer; which is only $78 a year over the 5-year programme. Each of the 105 farmer will learn how to compete and be successful within the farming marketplace and the skills they learn will help them break down barriers that keep them excluded.

Thank you for everything

Love,

Sankeeta (Sangi) and Senthur

$1,730 of $1,500 raised

Gajan’s Village Experience

I am embarking on a journey with Palmera to witness the challenges faced in the northern…

Gajan’s Village Experience

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

I am embarking on a journey with Palmera to witness the challenges faced in the northern villages of Sri Lanka and to create positive social impact in that region. I have always been a big supporter of Palmera- whether it was through the inaugural Human Race, the People’s Poker or Dine It Forward events. The suffering that these villages have experienced over the past few decades is something close to my heart and it reminds me how fortunate I am to have been brought up in a much more financially inclusive environment.

Palmera helps to provide the tools that people need to improve their livelihoods and increase economic sustainable development that benefit whole communities. There is a need for people to be on the ground to help with community capacity building and this upcoming village experience gives me the opportunity to be part of this journey.

I will be raising funds for the Livelihood Kickstarter project. This project will directly impact 36 small farmers and benefit over 120 people. We will introduce new technologies and practices that will increase yield and prevent losses during flooding. Through this the income of these farmers will increase and help them better meet their needs and goals.

$715 of $500 raised

East meets West 2018

This is the second year IDS has donated funds from their annual concert to Palmera. This…

East meets West 2018

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

The Indian Dance School is all about building a dance community and developing dance confidence and skills. Every year we organize a concert to showcase our dancers and what they’ve learnt over the year. This year is such an exciting year for us as its our 15thannual concert so we’re going all out!

As a strong woman in business I love that Palmera support vulnerable women in the community and help them be independent. I also love that Palmera is run by strong women that have similar community goals to mine.

This year we chose the Connecting to Markets project. This project will help build thriving business farms in the village of Kanthansamy Nagar. In this village building a thriving farm costs as little as $349 per farmer; which is only $78 a year over the 5-year programme. Each of the 105 farmer will learn how to compete and be successful within the farming marketplace and the skills they learn will help them break down barriers that keep them excluded.

Grab your tickets now to help us help Palmera create a world where no one is left out.

Date: 7 October 2018

Time: 6-10pm

Venue: NIDA, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington, New South Wales 2033

Tickets: Click here for tickets

 

$1,450 of $1,000 raised

DB40

Dilly's 40th birthday will be supporting our Livelihood Kickstarter project. This project aims to teach new…

DB40

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

I’m turning 40 this July!

I was born in Sri Lanka and was fortunate enough to migrate to Australia as a refugee just after my 6th birthday. I am truly grateful for the many opportunities I’ve had: from education, to sport, career and family… I now have this opportunity to help a few. They haven’t been as fortunate as I have been and maybe just need this opportunity.

I have been drawn to Palmera because of their village model. The money gets to the people who need it. The people who need it are supported to make the best possible use of that money. A real and lasting difference is made.

The project I have chosen for the funds to be donated to is the Livelihood Kickstarter project. Traditional farms in Sri Lanka need to become more efficient, which means they need to adopt new techniques and practices. This project does just that. It teaches 36 farmers and their families new techniques to make peanut farming more efficient.

Thank you for your donation!

$1,450 of $1,000 raised

Annika is Turning ONE

Annika's first birthday will be supporting the Connecting to Markets project. We chose Palmera to give…

Annika is Turning ONE

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Our Beautiful baby is turning ONE!!

Annika is so blessed to have been born into a world where all her wants and needs have been met.

We would love to teach her about the gift of giving and what a positive impact it can have on someone elses life.

So in order to mark her special milestone we will be making a donation to Palmera, an organisation that we as a family have been very passionate about. Palmera’s Livelihood programs have had a huge impact on many villages in Sri Lanka. We would like to contribute so they can continue this great initiative.

For Annika’s birthday we have chosen the Connecting to Markets project. This project will help build thriving business farms in the village of Kanthansamy Nagar. In this village building a thriving farm costs as little as $349 per farmer; which is only $78 a year over the 5-year programme. Each of the 105 farmer will learn how to compete and be successful within the farming marketplace and the skills they learn will help them break down barriers that keep them excluded.

We thank you for your donation to Annika’s birthday and we thank you for sharing in this journey with us.

Love Annika, Himyni , Ananthan & Logika

$746 of $500 raised

Rylan and Maliah’s Birthday

Rylan and Maliah’s birthday will be supporting the Creating Leaders Project which will change the lives…

Rylan and Maliah’s Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

This year for our birthdays Maliah and I would love to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

We are lucky to have all our needs and wants met, but there are lots of people all around the world who are not so lucky.

When I turned 6, with the help of everyone who celebrated my birthday we raised money for Oxfam, and it was really nice to see how we helped a community.

This year we would like to help people in Sri Lanka, and help kids just like us. We have chosen to give to the Creating Leaders Project through Palmera.

Thank you for your generosity, and celebrating our birthday with us.

Love

Rylan and Maliah

About the Project:

In Sri Lanka most rural children attend school, but many will remain unemployed after. This is because traditional schooling may create pathways for university but with admissions only available for 2% the school year population, it means most will miss out.

For these kids, most of whom live in rural communities, there are little skills invested during their school years to make them successful for their future.

Palmera runs an important 2 year programme with children and youth that builds leadership, collaboration and entrepreneurship skills to ensure that all children can have a bright future beyond schooling.

Your donation will make this programme possible.

For more information click here.

$1,495 of $1,000 raised

Xavier’s Christening

Xavier's Christening is supporting Palmera's Easy As Peanuts project.

Xavier’s Christening

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Xavier and his brother Noah have been born into a life of privilege; one with a safe home, access to a good education and quality healthcare. Far more than those in the North-East of Sri Lanka have. So we wanted to take this opportunity on a very special day for Xavier, to give to an organisation that is helping to support a community that is close to our hearts.

We ask that if you wish, in lieu of a gift, you make a donation to Palmera Projects and help enrich the lives of those who have been afforded fewer opportunities than our boys.

All donations go towards Palmera’s Easy As Peanuts project.

Thank you for your generosity x

$2,070 of $1,000 raised

Saratha’s 70th Birthday

Saratha's 70th birthday celebration will raise funds for the Graduating the Poor project.

Saratha’s 70th Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal!

On December 23rd I will be celebrating my birthday. I am blessed with everything I need in my life including my beautiful family and friends. As I celebrate this milestone I’d like instead share with one of my favourite charity organisations Palmera.

Palmera is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses mainly on helping people in Sri Lanka who have been displaced due to the civil war. They help provide resources to those less fortunate which in turn enable them to be self-sufficient and financially independent.

I have been a long time supporter and volunteer for Palmera and really value and appreciate the work they do. I chose the Graduating the Poor project to support as it helps the poorest of the poor in Sri Lanka’s North. The project will identify the poorest families and start them on their journey to graduate from being poor.

Thank you for supporting this project and Palmera’s work. I look forward to celebrating with you all soon

Lots of Love,

Saratha

$1,840 of $1,000 raised

Liam’s 1st Birthday

Liam's 1st birthday is supporting Palmera's Passing The Gift project

Liam’s 1st Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

On the 15th February 2017, Liam Arihan, a little tornado of energy entered our lives. It has been an amazing 12 months seeing our little cheeky monkey grow up. We have seen him develop into a determined person, who loves exploring, climbing and mingling with everyone around him.

Liam’s endearing personality and zest for life is contagious. He has taught us to be humble and appreciate the simple things in life. Liam loves to take his time to carefully examine anything new. Everyday is a new surprise (for us too!).

We are very grateful for the happiness and love this little person brings into our lives and those around him. We are truly blessed to be his parents.

We wanted to mark Liam’s first year celebrations by asking you in lieu of gifts, to make a donation to Palmera’s Passing The Gift project. This project will provide training and support for 48 women to grow their dairy business. This is an amazing project that builds sustainable rural agricultural businesses for women in Sri Lanka’s North while strengthening communities through a values-based approach.

We thank you for all your love and support that you have shown Liam and hope that you continue to guide him along his journey in life.

With lots of love,

Kanthan and Caroline

$12,733 of $4,000 raised

Maya’s Three Red Hands

Maya's Three Red Hands is supporting Palmera's Women's Village Bank in Colony.

Maya’s Three Red Hands

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Some people just don’t get along. When a curious assortment of hotel guests are brought together, an amusing mix of witty banter, low blows and shady behaviour evolves. When one of them is mysteriously murdered, however, suddenly it’s no longer just about having the last laugh. Join the less-than-motivated police department in making sense of the chaos. Is the murderer the only culprit?

Tickets OUT NOW! Saturday SOLD OUT

Dates: 27th April

Time: 8:00pm

Venue: NIDA Parade Theatre

Contact a member of MAYA Youth in Performing Arts to purchase yours or go through Ticketek

$1,790 of $1,000 raised

Ariya Turns One

For Ariya's first birthday we have decided to support the Connecting to Markets project. We want…

Ariya Turns One

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Our baby girl Ariya is turning ONE!

This past year Ariya has been blessed with many toys and clothes… but most of all your love! To celebrate her 1st birthday we would love to offer what we can to empower our people in Sri Lanka with the gift of livelihood! To do this we would like you to make a donation to Palmera instead of buying Ariya a gift.

The project we have chosen for Ariya’s birthday is Connecting to Markets. This project will help build thriving business farms in the village of Kanthansamy Nagar. In this village building a thriving farm costs as little as $349 per farmer; which is only $78 a year over the 5-year programme. Each of the 105 farmer will learn how to compete and be successful within the farming marketplace and the skills they learn will help them break down barriers that keep them excluded.

We thank you for your donation to Ariya’s birthday and for helping us help Palmera create a world where no one is left out.

$1,800 of $500 raised

Seynthan’s 30th

Seythan's 30th birthday will be supporting our Youth Vets project. This project aims to help 9,000…

Seynthan’s 30th

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

I feel very lucky and grateful to have grown up in Australia for the most part of my life even though I was born in Sri Lanka. Over that time, I have somewhat lost touch with my roots without even being aware of its importance. With the love and help of some great people in my life, I have slowly but surely come to realise the value of the roots and culture of Sri Lanka. So, over the last few months I’ve made some goals to go back to visit this year and to also do volunteer work in the future.

As I reach my 30th year of life, I feel that supporting Palmera’s Youth Vets project would be a wonderful way to build momentum on this path back to my roots. Palmera is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that implements livelihood projects in rural and vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka. This project aims to assist dairy farmers based in the area of Sri Lanka with the lowest annual milk production rate, by training community vets.

 

As you all know, I am planning to have a simple but swell birthday catch-up and would love if you could generously donate to this cause instead of bringing gifts. See you soon!

Much Love,

Seynthan

$925 of $500 raised

Naaviyah’s First Birthday

To celebrate her 1st birthday Naaviyah is supporting Palmera's Graduating the Poor project.

Naaviyah’s First Birthday

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Little Naaviyah is turning ONE! Naaviyah will have a small celebration with family, but she would also like to help make a positive impact on the lives of those in need. Naaviyah would like to support Palmera’s Graduating the Poor project. Any donation will help!

Sri Lanka’s north has a number of the country’s absolute poorest. They struggle to put food on the table, find work opportunities and access support services. They aren’t ready to be connected with the market; right now, they’re worried about sheer survival.

This particular project identifies the 100 of the poorest in the selected area and works with them over 2 years to graduate them out of absolute poverty. The project is designed to address their immediate needs while also investing in their longer-term training, development and planning. It helps families secure the basic things like food and access to healthcare, but it also aims to build their financial resilience through savings.

Naaviyah would like to thank you all from the bottom of her heart!

$1,871 of $500 raised

Yin and Yang Yoga with a purpose

I’m Shivani, a passionate yoga teacher and student. Getting to see people benefit from yoga, both…

Yin and Yang Yoga with a purpose

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

I’m Shivani, a passionate yoga teacher and student. Getting to see people benefit from yoga, both mentally and physically is why I love teaching. To take this passion further, onNovember 13th will be doing a class at the Living Room Yoga Coogee where all the proceeds will go to helping war affected women to stand on their own two feet again.

INTRODUCING YIN AND YANG YOGA

On November 13th, we will be going through a 1 hour open level yin and yang class. The class is open to anyone from beginner’s through to those that have practiced for some time. Both yin and yang co-exist together, and in the world of yoga when practiced together will benefit both the muscular and the deep connective tissues of the body. Yin poses are held for a longer time, and allow the tissues of the body to get a nice stretch. The yang poses are more dynamic, creating heat and can be felt within the muscles of the body. Check out this site for a little more info on Yin and Yang (https://yoga.com/article/balance-yin-yoga-and-yang-yoga)

The Class: All the details you need to know

Location:

Living Room Yoga Coogee (Level 1/62 Carr St, Coogee NSW 2034)

Small intimate classes are great to feel the energy being generated. Max of 25 students, so please book in early. We’ll also have a view of the beach, so great place to move and feel like you are not in the busy hub of Sydney!

Time:
Starts at 12:30pm. Please be there 15 minutes early!

Cost:
This is a donation based class, with a suggested donation of $15-$20. Of course you are more than welcome to donate more!

HOW YOU WILL BE MAKING A DIFFERENCE:

Being married to a French man, in recent years I’ve gained a new appreciation for food, especially food home grown by small scale farmers. But unfortunately these farmers have to compete with larger firms and in countries like Sri Lanka, rural farmers are cut off from knowledge, skills and market access.

I’ve never been one to understand the business side of things, but what I do know is that when given the right tools, the small companies can also make their positive mark on society which is why I was immediately drawn to this project. You can check out more about the project here

$70,052 of $25,000 raised

Our Mothers’ Eyes

Next month marks a decade since the end of the brutal civil war that raged in…

Our Mothers’ Eyes

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

Next month marks a decade since the end of the brutal civil war that raged in Sri Lanka. Twenty-five years of fighting took a huge toll on the country and its people. We remember all too well the suffering, the loss, and the gruelling process of rebuilding.

To mark this anniversary, we’re hosting Our Mothers’ Eyes. It’s a photo exhibition. It’s a dinner. It’s an opportunity to connect and remember.

But it’s also a celebration.

It’s a celebration of the journey of peace that Sri Lanka has been on for the past ten years. It’s a celebration of Sri Lankan women and their stories. And it’s a celebration of the work that Palmera has been able to do – and will continue to do – thanks to your support.

We’d love you to join us on 11 May for dinner, drinks, and live music. Together, we will remember the past and celebrate the future.

$3,750 of $500 raised

Launching the Jaffna Tamil Cookbook

I'm launching my second Sri Lankan cookbook, The Jaffna Tamil Cookbook. Proceeds from the sale of…

Launching the Jaffna Tamil Cookbook

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal!

I’m delighted to announce the launch of my second Sri Lankan cookbook, The Jaffna Tamil Cookbook. Containing more than 300 nourishing traditional recipes, with step-by-step instructions and full-colour photographs, this is a labour of love to celebrate the food cooked by our Ammas, Ammamas and Appachis.

These recipes are not mine. They are our collective, communal recipes, the recipes of our heritage, of women long gone and women who still cook them. They speak of our past, sustain our present, and will grace our future. This cookbook is a great gift for young and old alike to keep the unique cuisine of our people alive.

Proceeds from the sale of the book go towards Palmera’s Women’s Banking Network. I am so pleased to be helping to fund this project, which allows women to build their financial literacy, manage their livelihoods and start to save and access loans. This also lets women work together to overcome the challenges they face in their community. I can’t think of a better way to honour our past than by supporting our future – our next generation.

The launch of The Jaffna Tamil Cookbookwill be held at the Glen Waverley Community Centre on Sunday 2 June 2019, from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. It will include a visual journey through the Tamil Homelands, an ode to the Palmyra Palm and a homage to Yaalpana Veeramani Iyer. Books will be available for sale at $45 a copy. There will also be situndri (snacks) from the book available to satisfy any late afternoon hunger pangs!

I hope to see you there,

Nesa