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Barista’s Share the Meal Campaign brings hope to children of SOS

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In an effort to spread the true meaning of Christmas, Sri Lanka’s largest and most sought after coffee house chain Barista spearheaded a campaign in December titled “Share a Meal”. Partnering with the SOS Children’s Villages, the campaign drew much enthusiasm and donations for feeding the children.

On January 25, the Barista Management visited the SOS Children’s Village in Piliyandala to hand over the funds collected. The donations were handed over by the Marketing Manager for Barista, Anushka Gunatilleke and accepted by the National Director for SOS Children’s Villages in Sri Lanka, Divakar Ratnadurai, in the presence of former Sri Lankan National Cricketer and Ambassador for SOS Deshamanya Roshan Mahanama.

Under the campaign customers were invited to purchase CSR coupons priced at Rs.150 which is equivalent to the cost to feed one child for an entire day. These coupons were available at all Barista outlets, as well as through Uber Eats and PickMe Food. Further, 10% from Barista’s entire Christmas menu was also donated.

Speaking on the campaign Barista’s General Manager Dilupa Pathirana noted, “Each year Barista carries out a CSR campaign to give back to society in whatever way we can. Last year it was all the more meaningful for us to do something positive for the SOS Children’s Villages that were not getting enough donations due to the current situation.

“We are thankful to UberEats Sri Lanka and PickMe Food for partnering with us in this endeavor to have the coupons available on their delivery platforms. Gracious thanks also goes out to all our valuable customers who despite their own hardships came on board to support the cause”.

Additionally, Barista also took along their mobile coffee truck to the SOS Chidlren’s Village and handed out free coffee and cake to all the children, mothers and staff at the premises.

SOS Children’s Villages is present in 136 countries with over 70 years of expertise in caring for children without parental care all. Not only this, the organization strengthens poverty-stricken families on the verge of breaking down and empowers youth in need through career-oriented vocational training via many of its projects.

In Sri Lanka, SOS Children’s Villages have served the public for almost 40 years since it first set foot in Sri Lanka in 1981. There are six SOS Children’s Villages in Sri Lanka located in Piliyandala, Nuwara Eliya, Galle, Anuradhapura, Moneragala, and Jaffna. However, the coronavirus pandemic has adversely affected donations which this organization depends on to care for children without parental care. Therefore, SOS Children’s Villages is reaching out in every possible way it can to get help in caring for such children in Sri Lanka.

 

 



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Cabraal briefs Chief Incumbents on Port City Project Commission Bill

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On the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal on April 19 visited the Asgiriya Chapter, the Malwathu Chapter and the Chief Prelates of the Amarapura and Ramanna Maha Nikayas and briefed them on the relevant draft commission bill on Port City Project.

Cabinet Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of State Lohan Ratwatte, Minister of State Kanaka Herath, MP Wasantha Yapa Bandara and MP Kokila Gunawardena were also present on the occasion.

 

 

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Growing importance of training for nurses taking care of patients with NCDs

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To keep pace with the rapid expansion and increasing complexity of elderly home healthcare, training needs of home healthcare nurses must be identified and subsequent training programs implemented. English Nursing Care conducts training sessions on a weekly basis covering a variety of care needs for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) record that NCDs are estimated to account for 75% of total deaths in Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health “although people are living longer, they live more years suffering from disease and disability, mainly from NCDs; life expectancy at birth in Sri Lanka is 74.9 years but healthy life expectancy at birth is only 67.0 years.” This has a significant impact on quality of life.

English Nursing Care Sri Lanka works towards improving the quality of life of the elderly living with NCD’s by training nurses on the most advanced and developed methodologies brought through years of experience internationally and locally. Being responsible for the well-being of your loved ones is pivotal in the service they provide.

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SriLankan Airlines welcomes Indian delegation to Sri Lanka

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SriLankan Airlines in a bid to recommence Indian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka under the proposed bio-bubble tourist arrival concept successfully completed a familiarization tour for Indian media and travel trade professionals recently. A delegation of tour operators, agents, and senior editors representing influential media institutions concluded a familiarization tour in Sri Lanka.

The delegation spent six nights and seven days touring the country while being subjected to mandatory PCR testing and other health guidelines imposed by the Ministry of Health. Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, the delegation toured the most sought-after local tourist sites including Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Bentota. The tour was initiated by SriLankan Holidays and the ground arrangements for the tour were handled by Jetwing Travels, Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), and Hamoos Travels.

The main purpose of their participation in this fam tour was to restore confidence in visiting Sri Lanka, especially among the Indian tourists to provide them in-depth knowledge on how the country’s tourism industry operates under the bio-bubble concept. Apart from visiting various places, they experienced the stringent health and safety protocols adopted by the country in resuming tourism under the “bio-bubble” concept allowing tourists to roam around without mixing with the local population.

During their stay here, the delegation was hosted for a virtual meet-and-greet with SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunathilleka, and Head of Worldwide Sales & Distribution Dimuthu Tennakoon. The discussion focused on the airline’s operations to India, vaccination and quarantine travel arrangements between the two countries, current safety measures, and guidelines pertaining to the bio-bubble concept. They lauded the effort taken by officials to make their trip a memorable one.

The Indian delegation was highly impressed with the opportunities they were given to travel and explore the country and its exclusive holiday prospects for the enthusiastic traveller. This fam tour was a manifestation of the immense potential of Sri Lanka as a post-covid travel destination enticing the Indian traveller.

 

 

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