De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) always encourages students to raise money for charity and to kick-start awareness about issues which are important to them. Not to mention the achievements of our students, which we are always wanting to celebrate. To support this notion, we want to praise the hard work of our students; identifying those in particular, who have tried to make a change, and have achieved personal goals.
On 27 November 2019, the Tamil Society held a fundraiser to celebrate ‘Maaveerar Naal’ (which means ‘Great Heroes Day’ in the Tamil language). It is a Remembrance Day for Sri Lankan Tamils to commemorate the death of militants who fought for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
After the British gave independence to the country, the LTTE was created as a means of defence to acquire equality in Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese had control over the government, making laws in attempt to remove the Tamil Language.
Chairman of the Tamil Society, Mayuran Mariyathas, has been personally affected by the discrimination that the Tamil community has faced in Sri Lanka; which is why he felt he could make a difference using the support from University. Although the war ended in 2009, there are still problems being faced today.
He says: “I chose to do the fundraiser to help and to spread awareness of the genocide in Sri Lanka. Since my family and I know this orphanage well, I wanted to support them since there are still lots of children and disabled people in Sri Lanka struggling due to the aftermath of the war.”
The fundraiser saw the Tamil Society raise 60,000 Sri Lankan Rupees (£250), through the selling of mutton and vegetable rolls. All the money raised was donated to the orphanage chosen by Mayuran, giving support to the many children and disabled people struggling.
As your students’ union, we are so proud of the Tamil Society for raising money for such a good cause. DSU are always wanting students to step up and take charge in making a difference and to achieve their goals, where we can support and spotlight student groups and individuals.