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Photocause spreads its wings to Australia

Photograph displayed at the auction
Photograph displayed at the auction

After almost a decade long cancer engagement assignment in Sri Lanka, Photocause has launched its first overseas community service project in Melbourne.

The Founders of Photocause Shanaya and Nayantara

In December 2019 Photocause tied up with La Trobe Business School - Golden Lanyard Initiative to raise funds. La Trobe Business School found confidence in the Photocause project and its founding sisters, especially due the recognition received by UN Volunteers, Foundation for Civilian Bravery and Princess Diana Foundation.

The sisters - Shanaya and Nayantara Perera, students of St. Bridget’s Convent took a very confident deviation from their existing project and tied up with La Trobe Business School even though it was vastly different from their cancer awareness and engagement work done during the past eight years.

Twenty award winning photographs focusing on Sri Lankan culture were selected after many discussions and the auction took place in December 2019. The Golden Lanyard Scholarship Initiative has supported 39 students with scholarships since its inception in 2013. Current recipients study in a range of fields including Biomedical Science, Orthotics, Education, Cyber Security and Psychological Science as well as Social Work and Nursing.

Shanaya and Nayantara's Photocause initiative has worked tirelessly to create cancer awareness and raise funds through photographic exhibitions for the Sri Lanka Cancer Society. ‘AWAKE - Click off Cancer’ is a cancer awareness, print and digital brand coming under the Photocause umbrella. Having launched the print magazine back in 2018 the duo entered the social media platform very successfully. With over eight videos launched the message has reached almost one hundred thousand people in Sri Lanka.