Monday, August 9, 2010

Lori Ann and Lawrence Keenan - pure, quiet, unobtrusive, charity !


It is hard to over-state the amazing work that Lawrence and Lori-Anne have done for the people of Sri Lanka, and Rose Charities. Within hours of hearing of the 2004 Asian Tsunami Lawrence was on a plane for Sri Lanka and was there to arrange all logistics and support for the Rose Charities - Vancouver medical relief team which followed some days later. From then on both Lawrence and Lori-Ann have worked tirelessly and continually on program after program in Sri Lanka, donating materials and time to these efforts with enormous generosity. Everywhere one turns with the Rose Charities Sri Lanka projects, one finds the work of Lori-Ann and Lawrence, every corner lurks some aspect of their generosity. Notable amongst these efforts was their work in setting up and running (to this day) the hugely successful Microcredit program which at time of writing supports over 1000 families, and is an absolute model of how such programs can work to help so many, and the pride of Rose Charities.

Lawrence and Lori-Ann Keenan are owners of one of Vancouver's English schools in British Columbia. For almost 20 years they have operated C.S.L.I (Canadian as a Second Language Institute) on Robson Street and Yaletown under the motto "Uniting the World with English". In this time they have encouraged their 20,000 students and staff to be actively involved in the community and have provided over 100 scholarships for students around the world, including a number through Rose Charities. Lawrence enjoys long distance sporting challenges and is planning a bike ride across the entire Trans-Canada Trail to draw further attention to the benefits of micro-credit in underprivileged communities, including the successful Kalmunai project by Rose Canada in Sri Lanka. Lori-Ann runs the English school and is an artist and a helicopter pilot. The Keenans began their involvement with Rose Charities immediately following the tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004. They live in Vancouver with Elvis (the King), their husky-shepherd. www.csli.com CSLI facebook: www.facebook.com/unitingtheworld Rose Sri Lanka experience: http://unitingtheworld.org