High Tea & Har­mony ben­e­fits Laos Orphans

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

MORE than 100 lo­cals and vis­i­tors at­tended a de­li­cious High Tea at Palmers Sea Reef Club­house on 31st July to raise funds for orphans’ in Laos.

Guests were greeted and piped in by lo­cal bag­piper Sean Hawkes to then be en­ter­tained by Rochelle and her Chelles Belles belly dancers, tai chi sword ex­po­nents Leonie, Frieda and Liz, beau­ti­ful vo­cals from well-known vo­cal­ist Vis­nja on the harp, and An­gela and Se­gundo from Los Cara­coles with their vi­brant South Amer­i­can mu­sic.

Funds raised will en­able the pur­chase of hun­dreds of mos­quito nets for chil­dren in a re­mote ru­ral or­phan­age in North­ern Laos, and also pro­vide a full schol­ar­ship for a spon­sored stu­dent from the or­phan­age school to fur­ther his stud­ies.

It is the wet sea­son there now and both dengue and malaria are rife, par­tic­u­larly in the two ru­ral or­phan­ages at Suan Luang and Num­buk.

The small­est chil­dren sleep 150 to a dor­mi­tory on plat­forms much of which are open to the el­e­ments. Andrew Brown my Aus­tralian con­tact has just ad­vised me that mozzie nets will be needed for the new chil­dren ar­riv­ing next month, and for re­plac­ing the old ones for the older chil­dren.

Thanks to Michael West our MC, and my loyal band of lo­cal sup­port­ers; Michael at Palmers Sea Reef Golf Club for his en­thu­si­asm and raf­fle do­na­tions, Michael Kerr for Clink theatre tick­ets, and Puglisi’s at Whyan­beel for a Sweet Farm fam­ily tour voucher.

The belly dancers do their thing for the high tea guests

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