The American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka (AmCham Sri Lanka) recently hosted its members and partners to its inaugural Christmas fundraiser – Yuletide Greetings 2021.
Slated to be held annually, AmCham Sri Lanka will host this event with the aim of providing its members and partners the opportunity to share the Christmas spirit of giving with those less fortunate through special programs curated each year.
The past two years have not been easy – the devastating effects of Covid-19 have seen over 300,000 Sri Lankan’s lose their livelihoods, and over 14,000 lose their very lives. The pandemic has been devastating to say the least and the impact of this on homes and families, is incomprehensible. With this in mind, the team at AmCham curated three special programs to touch the lives of those adversely affected by the Pandemic this year through the fundraiser. First, a project in collaboration with Cinnamon Hotels to provide Christmas lunch to families adversely effected by the Pandemic. Next, a project in collaboration with SPAR Supermarkets to provide Hampers of groceries and other home needs to less fortunate families and finally, a project in collaboration with Women in Management, which provided lunch on the 1st of January 2022 to 100 homeless and less fortunate individuals.
AmCham SL’s membership of over 350 companies ranging from blue-chips to multinationals responded most encouragingly and not only was the event – which was held under strictest adherence to GoSL Covid-19 prevention guidelines – completely sold out within 24 hours of the announcement, but the event saw donations for the initiatives surpassing Rs. 600,000 and providing Christmas lunch to 65 families and Hampers to 50. Additionally, funds were raised for lunch to be provided for 100 homeless persons on two additional dates as well.
Speaking at the event, AmCham Sri Lanka President Lakshan Madurasinghe stated “It’s a special evening, as it gives us an opportunity to meet, to greet, and to share the spirit of camaraderie and one-ness after many months – but most importantly, to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas – the gift of love for our fellow man”
Lauded by members and partners as a timely and positive initiative, providing an opportunity to give back to the community, the event was held in collaboration with Sysco Labs Sri Lanka, HSBC, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts and SPAR Supermarkets and members were treated to Christmas Carols, Christmas fare and the opportunity of Christmas camaraderie, making for a special evening dedicated to sharing the gift of Christmas.
Cavinkare Lanka unveils Meera Facewash – unique combination of natural actives
FMCG Major’s latest product for the Sri Lankan market, Meera Facewash was unveiled in an official event at Colombo. Celebrating the young contemporary Sri Lankan woman, Meera facewash will be introduced in three different variants providing functional solutions to everyday skincare problems – Red Sandal (for soft skin), Neem & Tea Tree (for pimple clear skin) and Wild Turmeric (for clear skin).
Meera facewash is a range of formulation that is Soap-free, Sulphate free, Paraben free and is milder on the skin. It has a unique combination of Natural actives mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic textbooks. It includes a very special product which is Salicyclic acid- free acne treatment facewash. It helps to remove 99.9% of acne causing bacteria using prebiotic technology.
Meera facewash is aimed at modern young women of Sri Lanka who hold a strong belief in traditional practices & natural ingredients. Today young women are well read, understand the importance of healthy skin and have a holistic view of how healthy skin is beautiful skin. It comes out from the confidence of understanding scientific literature that supports these natural ingredients rather than following it naively.
Virtually connecting at the event, Arun Chacko, Business Head of Personal care category (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Nepal) said, “With the Launch of Meera Face Wash today, we add to the hugely successful Meera portfolio of shampoos. With this, we intend to enhance the Richness of Tradition that Meera as a brand has been offering to the Sri Lankan Populace over the years. We are sure that the variants, would endear to the needs of Sri Lanka. We promise to bring more such exciting products to cater to the consumers.”
All-time record prices for two estates
Halpewatte Uva Estate located in Bandarawela, which is renowned for producing high quality, light liquoring bright orthodox teas established an all-time record price of Rs.1,000 per kg on a liquoring BOPSP grade in the Uva Medium Category at the tea auction held on 18th January 2022. This invoice of tea was purchased by Shan Teas (Pvt) Ltd.Halpewatte Uva Estate is managed by Halpewatte Estate (Pvt) Ltd, and the teas were marketed and sold by John Keells PLC.
Venture Estate located in Bogawantalawa which is renowned for producing high quality orthodox teas over the past years, established an all-time record price, of Rs 1,060 per kg on a liquoring FBOPF1 grade in the Western High Grown Category at this week’s tea auction held on 18th January 2022. This line of tea was purchased by Inter Tea (Pvt) Ltd. Venture Estate is managed by Madulsima Plantations PLC and the teas were marketed and sold by John Keells PLC.
HNB-Indra Traders offer exclusive leasing solutions for unregistered vehicles, freezers and pre-owned vehicles
Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, HNB PLC, partnered with local automotive giant Indra Traders to provide customers with exclusive leasing solutions for unregistered and pre-owned vehicles and freezers.
Customers can make use of exciting benefits and discounts during the promotional period from January to December 2022. HNB Executive Director Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo and Indra Traders Managing Director Rushanka Silva participated in the special ceremony to sign the MoU at HNB Towers.
“Given the import restrictions, the market for unregistered and pre-owned vehicles has grown exponentially. Each year we offer our loyal customers the very best deals in the market. As such, we have renewed our partnership with Indra traders, renowned for its incomparable service, to offer those looking for vehicles with access to exceptional after-sales services and great discounts,” HNB Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo said.
HNB will offer the prevailing interest rate for structured leases and lease facilities with a 25% residual value market value under the partnership. Customers also have access to special discounts on automobile products, servicing, spare parts, tyres, and batteries via the Prestige Prime card, with the annual fee waived off the first year.
“We are delighted to partner with HNB once again to offer our mutual customer base exciting leasing solutions and great benefits. Our continued partnership with the Bank has proven to be very beneficial to our customers, and we hope they will make use of this opportunity once again to invest in their own set of wheels,” Indra Traders Managing Director Rushanka Silva said.
Indra Traders will provide customers looking to purchase unregistered cars, vans and freezers with free insurance from SLIC for the first year. HNB customers are also eligible for discounts of up to 10% for spare parts from Indra Motor Spares and labour charges from Indra Service Park for the first year.
Customers investing in a new or unregistered passenger vehicles are eligible to have their vehicles outfitted with a free entertainment system and reverse camera. Indra Traders will also offer customers a two-year warranty for engines and gearboxes and a three-year warranty for hybrid batteries.
Notably, the company will provide free labour for services up to one year and a maximum of six services for pre-owned vehicles. A six-month warranty will also be offered for the engines and gearboxes of these vehicles.
Established in 1975, Indra Traders has diversified to various business segments in the automobile industry. A supplier of high-quality motor vehicles and related vehicles, Indra Traders today stands as not only a supplier of high-quality vehicles but also a transport solutions provider.
With 254 customer centres across the country, HNB is one of Sri Lanka’s largest, most technologically-innovative banks, having won local and global recognition for its efforts to drive forward a new paradigm in digital banking. HNB has a national rating of AA- (lka) by Fitch Ratings (Lanka) Ltd. The Bank was also ranked among the World Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UK-based Banker Magazine for five consecutive years. HNB was also declared Best Sub-Custodian Bank in Sri Lanka at the Global Finance Awards 2020.
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