Monday, October 1, 2012

Dilmah Charitea Hi-Tea, The Langham Sydney

A few weeks ago, my girlfriend, L invited me to the Dilmah Charitea Hi-tea at The Langham hotel in Sydney (formerly The Observatory Hotel). L had entered a competition on Dilmah's Facebook page and won two tickets. I was honoured to attend this event and had a great time catching up with L and enjoying a delightful and scrumptious hi-tea spread. 

The key purpose of the Hi-tea was to promote Dilmah's charity foundation - MJR Charitable Foundation - a charity organisation that provides humanitarian assistance to the Sri Lankan people. Our hosts at the morning tea was Dilhan Fernando and his father Merrill J Fernando who were introduced by Chef Peter Kuruvita from Flying Fish restaurant. The name Dilmah is a combination of his sons' first names - Dilhan and Malik. 

As the scrumptious Hi-Tea was served, an inspirational video was played which showed us the level of involvement that the foundation plays in Sri Lanka. The foundation provides help in educating the children, teaching the people skills to empower themselves and develop further. To Mr MJ Fernando, "business is a matter of human service". He truly believes "that no business was possible without the combined efforts, involvement and commitment of workers, staff, clients and consumer". 

Here are pictures of what we had:

To accompany the delicious spread, we were also served a variety of Dilmah teas - Ran Watte, Meda Watte, Yata Watte and Uda Watte. 

Towards the end of the hi-tea, there was an announcement for the winners of the Dilmah Tea challenge, where consumers were encouraged to use their tea range to cook or bake. The three winners each won a trip to Sri Lanka to see first hand the works of the charity foundation. 

As a 'Thank-You' gift, each of us were given a big goodies bag filled with Dilmah products, books about their charity foundation, an apron and tea infuser. 

In the foyer before we entered the tea room, there were photos displaying the charity's work. 

As I left the hotel with a tummy full of mouthwatering morsels, I was also deeply touched by the works of Dilmah. In today's world, where most businesses are more concerned about the controlling expenses and profits, it's comforting to know there are businesses like Dilmah who care about people and their community. 

Thanks L for inviting me to this special event and spending the time with me. I am going to miss you when you move to SL. 

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