The donation of the two Dialysis CRRT machines was carried out online with the participation of Singer Sri Lanka Group CEO Mahesh Wijewardene, Human Resources Director Roshan Kulasuriya, Marketing Manager Darshana Appuhamy, NHSL Deputy Director Dr. Lionel Muhandiramge, Consultant -ICU Dr. Dilshan Priyankara, Registrar Dr. Aravinda Guruge, Chief Nursing Officer Ms. Karunaratne and In Charge Medical Ms. Samaratunga.
‘Singer Thirst for Life’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) project recently donated two dialysis continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) machines to the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) to help treat patients with chronic kidney diseases (CKD).
‘Thirst for Life’ has a special place among the CSR activities of the Singer Sri Lanka Group. These donations are done after identifying specific requirements at government hospitals for dialysis CRRT machines.
‘Thirst for Life’ project was started in 2013 by donating two dialysis CRRT machines to the Polonnaruwa Hospital. So far Singer Sri Lanka has donated 10 dialysis CRRT machines worth Rs.30 million. Other hospitals that received dialysis CRRT machines were: Batticaloa Teaching Hospital, Jaffna General Hospital, Wathupitiwala Base Hospital and Padaviya General Hospital.
Singer Sri Lanka Group CEO Mahesh Wijewardene said they are very happy about being able to donate 10 dialysis CRRT machines during the last seven years under ‘Thirst for Life” programe.
“Singer water filters available at Singer Sri Lanka showrooms island-wide help to minimize the threat of chronic kidney diseases in Sri Lanka. But without stopping there, through this project Singer Sri Lanka is making a worthy effort to protect the lives of kidney of patients,” Wijewardene said.
Dr. Aravinda Guruge at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of NHSL said thanks to Singer Sri Lanka’s donation, now dialysis of chronic kidney patients coming to the NHSL from various parts of the country can be done at the ICU without sending them to different other units of the hospital, making the lives of both the patients and doctors much easier.
The main force behind this project, Signer Sri Lanka Marketing Manager Darshana Appuhamy remarked that Signer Sri Lanka’s responsible behavior as a corporate citizen is very well demonstrated with the donation of 10 dialysis CRRT machines within a period of seven years.
“Rs.100 from every water filter sold at all Singer Sri Lanka showroom is credited to this project. We are determined to continue this project for many years to come and thereby setting an example to other companies to take part in similar CSR activities to help the people who go to government hospitals for such treatments,” Appuhamy said.
CBSL and IFC launch National Financial Inclusion Strategy
Sri Lanka’s first National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) aunched recently, aims to make financial services more accessible, efficient, and affordable for all households and businesses in the country.
The NFIS is a joint effort led by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka—with technical and financial assistance from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group—under the IFC-DFAT Women in Work program. The development of this strategy was a multi-stakeholder effort supported by the government of Sri Lanka.
“The National Financial Inclusion Strategy symbolizes our country’s commitment towards a better and inclusive Sri Lanka that will benefit all individuals and enterprises. I believe this strategy will complement the Government’s efforts to minimize the provincial income disparities, urban-rural inequalities, and to promote inclusive growth,” said Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
“More importantly, this strategy prioritizes future generations, having identified financial literacy as a key pillar. The proposal to strengthen the national curriculum in this area is a positive step. Investing in the education of our younger generation is the most significant investment we can make as a nation, as this will be a particularly helpful approach to the systematic correction of the financial habits of Sri Lankans,” the Prime Minister said.
HNB – Havelock City partnership offers exclusive Ezy Pay Home Loans facility
HNB PLC has partnered with Havelock City mixed-use development project to offer prospective homeowners of state-ofthe-art luxury apartments in Stratford and Melford Towers (Phase 3 – COC certified) and Peterson and Edmonton Towers (Phase 4) with the exclusive Ezy Pay Home Loans facility.
The partnership is set to offer customers the unprecedented opportunity to make a payment of only 20% and immediately occupy the limited units available in Phase 3 of the project or invest in apartments available in Phase 4, scheduled to be completed by May 2021. Further, Havelock City will take on the customer’s interest payment for one year.
“We have witnessed an increase in the demand for apartments and are aware that there is a limited stock of units available in the heart of Colombo. Therefore, we hope that this partnership with Havelock City will offer our customers looking to invest in a home of their own the facility to either move into an apartment immediately or invest in a home of their dreams,” HNB Head of Personal Financial Services, Kanchana Karunagama said.
Prospective homeowners can make use the bank’s flexible repayment options, such as the Step-up facility, which offers a repayment option in line with the customers evolving income. Customers can also obtain a maximum repayment period of 25 years for the loan facility for an attractive interest rate starting from just 7%.
DPL lends a hand to children in Monaragala Rubber Farming Communities
As part of its ongoing efforts to empower and uplift the livelihood of its farmer co-operative societies, Dipped Products PLC (DPL) distributed school bags to the children of 1,500 smallholder rubber farmers for the 10th consecutive year, under its flagship Firstlight CSR project.
This year’s distribution recorded the largest donation of school bags, which was nearly a two-fold increase from the previous year, bringing the total value of the distribution up to nearly Rs. 1 million.
Taking place at the Pinwatta Bodimalu Viharaya in Medagama, Monaragala, this latest distribution marks the Company’s continued efforts to support the smallholder rubber farming communities, by ensuring that their essential needs are looked after.
“Especially in this time of economic uncertainty, with the nation facing significant challenges and hardships, it is truly touching to see the positive impact which we continue to have on the underprivileged smallholder rubber farming communities. We believe that programmes like Firstlight hold the key to enhancing the livelihoods of our 1500-strong rubber farmers, providing them with an improved quality of life, whilst paving the way to open up new opportunities and a brighter future. This is why, with the enthusiastic response we have received over the years, we have now also expanded this school bag distribution to include the District of Kegalle,” Dipped Products Deputy Managing Director, Pushpika Janadheera said.
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