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Ms. Universe contestant hosts charity event to benefit Women’s Refuge

Multicultural program at Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland on August 6 at 7 p.m.

Venkat Raman
Auckland, July 27, 2022

It would be a confluence of classical and modern music and dance next weekend in Auckland as a Ms Universe New Zealand aspirant hosts a multicultural entertainment program to benefit Women’s Refuge and to raise awareness of rising domestic violence .

Nishi Ranathunga, a talented dancer who performs various kinds of South Asian formats hosts the concert at Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, located at 773 New North Road, Mt Albert. The event is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

“The program will include Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Sri Lankan, Indian, hip-hop, belly dancing and other elements. Highlights will include a ‘Domestic Awareness Act’ and an awareness program run by New Zealand Police and a solicitor. We want this event to be a success as all proceedings will be donated to Women’s Refuge New Zealand to help them support women, children and families in need. This show will also spread and raise awareness about Women’s Refuge New Zealand and its activities,” she said.

About Nishi Ranathunga

Nishi Ranathunga is a multi-talented artist, teacher, dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, model and actress. A graduate in education, she holds a performing arts degree and has performed extensively in New Zealand and her native Sri Lanka.

Apart from being a popular artist invited to perform at multi-cultural and multi-ethnic events, Nishi received a “Culture Award” for her exemplary services to Sri Lankan classical dances at the eighth edition of Indian Newslink Sports, Community, Arts and Culture Awards held in Auckland on June 20, 2022.

Nishi is the director and principal of the New Zealand Sri Lanka Dance Studio, which trains people to master Sri Lankan and other dance formats. Although his talents are widely recognized, Nishi is keen to support worthy causes.

“It’s my way of giving back to the community and to worthy causes,” she said.

Nishi is a finalist in the Mrs Universe New Zealand competition and has chosen Women’s Refuge New Zealand as her fundraising project.

About Women’s Refuge New Zealand

Women’s Refuge New Zealand is the country’s largest national organization supporting and assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Its vision is that all women and children in Aotearoa live free from domestic and family violence.

According to the New Zealand Police, 160,000 domestic violence investigations were recorded in 2020. In this context, the Organization welcomed the government’s initiative by launching the “Te Aorerekura National Strategy for the Elimination of Domestic Violence”. and sexual violence” on December 7, 2021.

Dr Ang Jury, chief executive of the National Collective of Women’s Refuge, said ‘Te Aorerekura’, deeply and deliberately rooted in Te Ao Māori, brings together the knowledge, expertise and experience of those who live with everyday realities. violence in their lives. and those of us who work to support them.

“It was built from a long and exhaustive process of consultation and negotiation, bringing together a multitude of voices to reach a common understanding and build a shared vision of the way forward. Women’s Refuge is cautiously excited about this long-awaited launch. This is just the beginning,” she said.