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AFTER-SCHOOL

SHANTI TARU 2014

SHANTI had its end of the year concert on 22nd December 2014 at S. de S. Jayasinghe Hall, Dehiwela. The programme started with the lighting of the traditional lamp by the Venerable Ratanapala Thero DSC08904 of the Kalinga temple, Venerable Vigneshwara Swamy DSC08905 of the Kalinga Amman Kovil.

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The Chief Guest was DSC08980  His Excellency Dr. Domenico Milano, Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Italy.

The prayer dance was to Goddess Saraswathi.

DSC08921 Madhumathi, Shanti’s  dancing teacher DSC08925 welcomed the guests. Asitha DSC08932 the erstwhile youth coordinator at Shanti compered the show. DSC08935 Dance followed dance DSC08941 but the dance that stole the show was the Dance by the Elders. DSC08948  The repertoire consisted of the Dance of the Eagles, the Kafaringha dance, Dance by the teachers and many traditional dances.

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The dedication & commitment of the services of Madhumati which were expressed in kind & loving words brought her to tears. DSC08968 DSC08992

CERTIFICATES OF MERIT IN SEWING & COMPUTER

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DSC08997 DSC08999Mr. Fonseka, a professor in the University of Visual & Performing Arts DSC08969 spoke of how these concerts on stage bring joy to the parents and guardians while the discipline instilled evokes a sense of confirmation of the ability in the children to perform on stage while developing their artistic talents into a unique personality of their own. 

GIFT GIVING & DANCE BY THE TEACHERS

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IN THE CLASSROOM

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 SANTA COMES TO TOWN santa1

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 CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR SHANTI KIDS

Feliz Navidad

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Chrishanthi, Leana & Eresha, three school friends & their children took time out of their busy schedule to bring joy & smiles,  Christmas cheer & gladness, refreshments & gifts to the Shanti kids.many-thanks

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The party DSC08808 started with musical chairs. The kids in the circle walkDSC08826 in unison around the chairs. When the music DSC08827 suddenly stops everyone must race to sit DSC08834 down in one of the chairs. The kid who is left without a chair DSC08835 is eliminated from the game.

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Passing the cushion was next. The cushion  is passed from one person to another and keeps on rotating till the music is stopped.The person holding the cushion, when the music is stopped, gets out.

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DSC08858 SACHINI the winner.

JINGLE BELLS

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GIFT GIVING

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We wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

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SHANTI ART COMPETITION

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SHANTI kids participated in an ART COMPETITION

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LUNCH

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WORKS OF ART by SHANTI KIDS

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International Museum of Children’s Art, Oslo, Norway

The Judges were Asanka Somajeewa & Yasara Hansani

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Faculty of Visual Arts at the University of Visual & Performing Arts, Colombo.

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Grades 1-5  

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1st – Sachini Seyanya Thisarani @ Siddhartha

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2nd – Kavya Rasanjali @ Kalinga

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3rd – Imesha Lakmali@ Vihara Lane

 Grade 6 – 9

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1st -G.Dhanusha @ Kalinga

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2nd – R. Sachin @ Kalinga

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3rd -Tharusha Sathishka Munasinghe @ Vihara Lane

Grade 10 – 13

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1st -K.B. Sandun Bandara @ Roxy

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2nd – Avishka Rukshan Ravindu Kumara @ Bhathiya Mawatha

 

DSC075703rd – Ann Iresha Rasadhari Kumari @ Bhatiya Mawatha

To one and all – organizers & participants

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VESAK LANTERN FESTIVAL 2014

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 Vesak is a celebration of  the birth1537-1-200-134-birth-of-siddhartha-gautama-in-lumbini, Death1539-3-200-134-lord-buddhas-parinibbana and

1538-2-200-134-siddharta-gautams-supreme-attainment-as-the-buddha Enlightenment of Lord Buddha.

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The Shanti children of all castes, creed & religionunity in diversity celebrate Vesak with the making of lanterns.

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Children with their Vesak lanterns

Buddhist Judges were Mr. C. Nanayakkara,  Major S.Nilanga & Mr.L Chandrasoma

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Children, Mothers & Teachers eagerly awaiting the

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Grades 1-5  [1st, 2nd & 3rd]

R. HarinHindu; C.LakshanChristian & S. HansaniChristian

Grades 6 – 8  [1st, 2nd & 3rd]

Fatima RehanaMuslim & N. SandaruwanBuddhist; C. PiyumalBuddhist;

Grades 9 – 10 [1st, 2nd & 3rd]

A. NivanthaChristian; A. RukshanChristian & Ujitha DilshaanBuddhist

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SHANTI TARU 2013

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Annual concert of the youth of Shanti @ Jayasinghe Hall, Dehiwela

Lighting of the DSC02639 traditional lamp

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Exhortation by the DSC02664  Venerable Ratnapala

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Computer awards

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His Excellency Jandomenico Milano of the Embassy of Italy

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Dancing Teacher – Padma Madumathi

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VESAK LANTERN COMPETITION

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Serious preparation

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Lanterns lined up for the Judges

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PARTICIPANTS

Buddhist-34,Christian-07, Muslim-07 & Hindu – 11

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RESULTS

Grades 1st 2nd 3rd
1-5 Chanaka-Christian Tyronne-Hindu Sanjaya-Buddhist
6-9 Avishka-Christian Nilushika-Buddhist Thilini-Christian
10 Stella-Hindu Ann-Christian Jenista-Hindu

Refreshments!

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Shanti’s Cultural group visit Kandy

The Cultural Group of  Shanti Taru 2012 went on an Educational tour of historical & cultural sites in Kandy. Geoff, the mothers of the little ones & some volunteers were part of the tour.

Breakfast at Ambepussa.

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The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife on a twenty five acre coconut property on the Maha Oya river at Rambukkana. The orphanage was primarily designed to afford care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers. In most of these cases the mother had either died or been killed. In some instances the baby had fallen into a pit and in others the mother had fallen in and died. Initially this orphanage was at the Wilpattu National Park, then shifted to the tourist complex at Bentota and then to the Dehiwala Zoo.

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The Sacred Tooth Relic was received by King Vimaladharmasuriya-I with great veneration and placed in the new three – storied shrine built by him near the royal palace. Kandy (Ancient Senkadagala) is the last capital of the Sinhala Monarchy the History of which goes back to at least five centuries. The city is surrounded by a ring of mountain ranges and Sri Lanka’s largest river Mahaweli Ganga.

Shanti children were privileged to witness the exposition of  the Sacred Tooth Relic.

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DSC09165Kandy enjoys a salubrious climate and still breathes the ancient lifestyle of the people. The heritage of Kandy, Architecture, Sculpture, painting, Dance and Music, all such cultural traditions are endemic to Sri Lanka. Kandy remains the home for all denominations of major world religions. Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and there subdivisions. Buddhism plays a significant role in Kandy with the two main Monastic orders, Malwatte and Asgiriya fraternities together with numerous temples of the country attached to them. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic constitutes the premier Buddhist Institution of Sri Lanka, remains the cynosure of the world Buddhist & is a great tourist attraction.

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Royal Botanical GardensPeradeniya is situated about 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. and attracts 1.2 million visitors annually, It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. It includes more than 300 varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall. It is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture. The groundwork for a botanical garden was formed by Alexander Moon in 1821. The Botanical Garden at Peradeniya was formally established in 1843 with plants brought from Kew Garden, Slave Island, Colombo, and the Garden in Kalutara. The Garden came under the administration of the Department of Agriculture when it was established in 1912.DSC09197images-2 DSC09187

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The classical Avenue of Palms is located in this Garden.

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One tree with a significant history is the Cannonball Tree planted by King George V of the United Kingdom and Queen Mary in 1901. The tree is bent with its fruits, which look like cannonballs.

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Gadaladeniya Raja Maha Viharaya in Udunuwara in the Kandy district dates back to the reign of King Bhuvanekabahu IV (1341-1351) of Gampola. The other shrines of the period in close proximity are Lankathilaka Raja Maha Viharaya and Embekke Devalaya. These shrines possess common features showing Buddhist-Hindu worship.

At the entrance to the shrine is Sandakadapahana (moonstone)

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The main Buddha image is erected on a pedestal ( asana) on which the devotees made their offerings. The mal asana is decorated with creepers and line work resembling floral design.

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Embekka Devalaya (Embekka Temple) was built by the King Vikramabahu III of Gampola Era (AD 1357 – 1374) in Sri Lanka.The Devalaya in Embekka is dedicated to the worship of Mahasen, popularly known as Katharagama Deviyo. A local deity called Devatha Bandara is also worshiped at this site.The shrine consists of three sections,

  • the “Sanctum of Garagha”,
  • the “Digge” or “Dancing Hall” and
  • the “Hevisi Mandapaya” or the “Drummers’ Hall”.

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Door & frame is several hundred years old & from a King’s Palace during Gampola Era.

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Image of two AngamporaFighters in one of the main locks.

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Gaja Sinha”, the Elephant Lion

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We are back in SHANTI – safe, sound & single!

English Classes by Geoffrey Wilson Fisher

Geoff from England is domiciled in Cork, Ireland. He has been  a volunteer of Shanti who is in Sri Lanka for the 4th time. He rendered yeoman service during the tsunami. At the moment he is part of the Complementary Education segment of Shanti conducting Spoken English classes.

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SHANTI TARU 2012 at 5.00 pm on 12/12/12 at Jayasinghe Hall

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The annual concert of the kids of the Complementary Education classes commenced with the lighting of the traditional lamp to the sounds of magul bera.

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GUESTS: His Excellency Ambassador Fabrizio Pio Arpea & his wife, The Venerable Rathanapala Thero Mahanayake of the  Viharasthanaaramaya,Kalinga, Rev. Fathers Vincent Patrick, SJ, Shanti, CSsR & Lasantha de Abrew,SJ, Rev. Br. Patrick Fernando, SJ,Mrs. Daya Nellampitiya & Mr. Fonseka, distinguished artists, Mrs. Swarna Fernando, Ms. Udeni Perera, Major Sashika Nilanga & his wife, Messers. Tissa Samaranayake, Lal Chandrasoma, Mohammed Nizvi, Champika, Lionel Liyanage & Kumara. Proud parents, well wishers & loving friends.

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Saraswathi Pooja Dance

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Exhortation by the Venerable Rathanapala Thero who paid many a tribute of  grateful thanks & praise to our dear  Fr. Michele Catalano for founding SHANTI & the wonderful work being done.DSC08699

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 Hanuma Vannama

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A Village Dance

DSC08722Mr. Tissa Samaranayake, a colleague of Fr. Michele Catalano & member of the Board of Governors  said that when he attends any function at Shanti he sees  the hopes & dreams of our founder brought to fruition in the service extended to the poor.

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BALLET

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Catalano Computer Centre students do dance well!

Surprise by the ELDERS

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Dance by the river side

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A Tamil cultural dance by the kids of the SHANTI SEWING CLASS

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AWARDS – kids of CATALANO COMPUTER CENTRE

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Dance of the aborigines – VEDDAHS

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Gifts to ELDERS

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Dance by TEACHERS & SOCIAL WORKERS

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PEACOCKS OR PEAHENS?

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MAYURA VANNAMA

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PEACOCK DANCE

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Gifts – DANCING CLASS

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DINETH’S -Announcing DEBUT

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Gift to Dineth by Arunika, his preschool teacher

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ARRIVAL OF SANTA CLAUS

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Santa has gifts for all

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The District Secretariat  & the Shanti after-school kids celebrate

World Children’s Day

18 October 2012

The best way to make children good is to make them happy.

Oscar Wilde

If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.

Mahatma Gandhi

A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice- but as yet unstained.

Lyman Abbott

A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATIONS @ KALINGA

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You are all welcome to the celebration!

Thank you Teacher!

“On this day, we call for teachers to receive supportive environments, adequate quality training as well as ‘safeguards’ for teachers’ rights and responsibilities… We expect a lot from teachers – they, in turn, are right to expect as much from us” – UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova

16 August 2012: SHANTI Youth took part in a Leadership Program conducted by Ms. Kumudini of the Dangerous Drugs and National Narcotics Bureau.

The participants are given a certificate & gifts from Italy!

The Youth find some of their loved ones & friends in jail due to this abuse!

Awareness lends caution to the drug & addiction problem!

21 July 2012 – The Elders & the After-school/complementary education children went on a pilgrimage to Kuda Dambadiva.

This is a place of pilgrimage  for the poor who cannot afford to visit Dambadiva, Bodh Gaya and other Buddhist shrines in India. Replicas of such places of pilgrimage are found here. There is even a ganga for the ritual cleansing.

It is located at Rathganga about 20 kms from Ratnapura.

Our pilgrims from Shanti were privileged to have had this experience.

04 May 2012: Vesak Lantern Competition

We had 34 children [Buddhists-14; Muslim-10; Hindu-06; Christians-04] making Vesak lanterns.

 

The outcome was judged by TV/Music Director-Kumara & Dehiwela-Mt. Lavinia  Youth Officer, Duminda.

Our founder’s vision has borne fruit in the judges’ decision.

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6-10 years Christian Buddhist Buddhist
11-14yrs Buddhist Muslim Buddhist
>14 years Muslim Buddhist Buddhist

Thirty five years later the Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission

recommendations 9.271, 9.272 & 9.273 are consonant with the our Founder’s vision! 

Shanti gets a new look for Vesak!

Kids with their mothers, Rasika, Madhumathi & Sujeewa

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Kids who danced @ the Italian Program

20 April 2012-Variety Entertainment by Shanti Kids @ Jayasinghe Hall of the Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia Municipality. It was under the patronage of His Excellency Fabrizio Arpea, the Ambassador of Italy in Sri Lanka.Also present were the First Secretary, His Excellency Dr. Gianluca Rubagotti and Miss Manuela Matrone  of the embassy. Mr. Lal Chandrasoma, Fort Railway Station Superintendent, a close friend of Shanti too was present. The Shanti family including the mothers were thrilled to be there to see & encourage their children on stage. The comperes were Mr. Champika and Rev. Emil Lucien, SJ who had come all the way from Kandy for it. Ranjit welcomed the guests and Sujeewa introduced the programme. There were gifts for all the children who performed. His Excellency was happy to Award merit certificates to the six graduates of the Catalano Computer Centre and two graduates from the Shanti Sewing Centre at Siddhartha. His Excellency also made a gift towards the Shanti programmes. Ranjit explained that his gift would go towards the the building of a preschool for the children of the resettled victims of war in Kilinochchi. His Excellency was very happy and said he would try to be present for the opening of the preschool.

06 April 2012: Tilaka Aunty who is running the Sewing Class at Siddhartha Path held a sale of their work. It was a grand success and it was greatly appreciated by the parents.

21 December 2011: Shanti celebrated the end of the year concert – SHANTI TARU-2011 @ the Jayasinghe Hall of the Dehiwela Mount Lavinia Municipality @ 6.00 pm. The Deputy Ambassador of the Italian Embassy, His Excellency Mr. Gianluca Rubagotti graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Sujee together with the coordinators were responsible for the program. They planned out   each performance to the last detail. The children were dressed very tastefully and the guests were much impressed. The performance was of high quality which included Portuguese dances, Kandyan and Low country dances from Sri Lanka. Mr.Sirinama  & Ms Sadeeka taught the children in the dances. The costumes were done entirely by Sujee.

27/10/2011-The mothers celebrated Deepavali in sharing festival goodies with us @  Shanti.Sujeewa  shared with them her expertise.

 

19/10/2011-The mothers who brought their children for the dancing class joined Sujeewa & the teachers in making the costumes for the Shanti Dancing Troupe & dolls.

01 October 2011: WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY was celebrated in the

Kalinga Zone with a variety entertainment of Song & Dance

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