Partnership with Ocean Stars

Our Mission focus abroad

Our main fundraising activities are linked to the Ocean Stars charity which supports Areas in Sri Lanka recovering from the tsunami in 2004.

If you would like to know more about the charity visit their website https://oceanstars.org.uk/home

Dilanee will be visiting the church to update us on the work of Ocean Stars on Sunday March 8th as part of the morning service.

Fundraising activities 2020

We are launching a fundraising collection for a fishing boat this year. The balance from the tea fundraiser starts this collection off. Watch out for collection boxes in The Hub and fundraising events in 2020! A Plant Sale is planned for May 2020.

The Fishing Project

In the 2004 Tsunmai, the lagoon was polluted with sea water, and all the fishing boats were smashed , but now the government have given permission for fishing to recommence as the fish stocks have been replenished, and the water is back to fresh water.

One fishing boat costs £450, however one boat can help up to five families. Below is an example of such a fishing boat.

Bicycle given to Teacher from recent fundraising activities

On a recent visit to Thirukovil , Dilanee took the bicycle we bought with proceeds from the Summer Tea in the Garden. The teacher’s current bicycle is old and broken and she walks 5k to work every morning. She was delighted to receive the bike.

The bicycle being presented

Summer Tea in the Garden

We had a wonderful afternoon in Karen’s garden on June 28th – enjoying a cream tea, cakes and tombola prizes. We raised £251 towards the projects undertaken by Ocean Stars. Church Meeting recently agreed to use some of this money to buy a bicycle for a primary school teacher to get to work.

Guests and members of the church enjoying their tea
A sunny afternoon in the garden with Dilanee from the Ocean Stars Trust joining us

Sri Lanka Church visit October 2018

The Le Fanu Family and our minister Ruth, visited Sri Lanka, in October 2018. Whilst there, they worked in the 40 pre-schools attached to Ocean Stars, and visited the Church in Thurrokovil and its community of Palakudda.

On Sunday November 25th, they enjoyed an informative morning service about the partnership with Thurikkovil Methodist Church and Ocean Stars, the charity founded by Mrs Dilanee Bunter after the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka.

Many helpers were Hindu(Tamil), and Buddhist(Sinhalese), with some Muslim and Christian, but our religious practices did not matter when we were all together.

Palakudda was devastated after the Tsunami and the soil still bears the remains of the salty sea water. It has only been in the last couple of years that the government has given permission for the area to be farmed and fished again.

There was so much to see, and during the service we had a flavour of different experiences and thoughts. It was such a privilege and honour, to meet the people of Sri Lanka , they were so kind, generous, helpful, cheerful, determined, and caring.