Women cancer patients presented with natural hair wigs, supported by Kumarika
Kumarika, a leading hair care brand in Sri Lanka has stepped forward with a purpose driven campaign to address the increasing need for natural hair wigs for women who are diagnosed with cancer. The launch of “Sonduru Diriyawanthi” – a national campaign to help support cancer patients, marked the onset of yet another timely initiative by the Kumarika brand to propagate the ideology that every woman is beautiful regardless of appearance.
Kumarika launched this initiative together with their partner organizations: Indira Cancer Trust, Lions Clubs of Aluthgama Bentota and Galkissa and with the coordination support of the Sri Lanka College of Oncologists.
The virtual launch was participated by Dr Sanjeewa Munasinghe – Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Asela Gunawardane- Director General Ministry of Health, Dr Sachini Malaviarachchi, Secretary – Sri Lanka College of Oncologists, Dr Lanka Jayasuriya Dissanayake – Chairperson of Indira Cancer Trust, Past District Governor Lion Chandani Withana and Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson, Executive Director/Group CEO of Hemas Holdings.
Whilst celebrating the beauty of women in all forms, the campaign is looking to donate on request, a care pack for patients who undergo chemotherapy treatment. The care pack will be distributed to patients at the start of their chemotherapy, so that the wig can be prepared and kept to be used as soon as they lose hair, which occurs most commonly within the first two – four weeks of starting chemotherapy. The care pack includes a natural hair wig with an adjustable strap and shoulder length hair, a set of Kumarika products including Kumarika Shampoo & Conditioner, Kumarika Hair serum, Kumarika hair oil and a booklet containing important information for cancer patients.
As the first phase of the campaign, the care packs will be donated to the cancer patients of the National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, National Hospital, Kandy, Provincial General Hospital, Badulla, Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya, Teaching Hospital, Kurunegala, Teaching Hospital, Anuradhapura, Kotelawala Defence University, Base Hospital Thellippalai, Jaffna, Provincial General Hospital, Ratnapura, Teaching Hospital, Batticaloa. It is reported that around 30,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year and the female population accounts for approximately 15,500 new cases. In this background, this initiative will be donating 6000 hair wigs per year, which amounts to nearly half of the number of diagnosed female patients.
While the donation helps to address the hair wig needs of patients, the awareness building of the campaign includes counselling sessions for patients with an aim to encourage, motivate and inspire hope in them, so that they can lead a happy life. Around 80% of cancer patients are required to undergo Chemotherapy treatment that has a possible side effect of hair loss. A majority of cancer diagnosed women face traumatic situations due to hair loss, which have led them to abandon their comfort zones. Even though most women are willing to undergo treatment, hair loss becomes a major concern for them that holds them back, causing them to shy away from social interaction, relationships, places of worship and more. The emotional trauma is compounded by the reactions of society and family members leading to severe distress. Having understood the need to support these women to march forward, the project “Sonduru Diriyawanthi” will continue to expand hair wig donation and awareness initiatives around the country.
Oil prices rise as Saudi Arabia pledges output cuts – Opec+
Oil-producing countries have agreed to continued cuts in production in a bid to shore up flagging prices.
Saudi Arabia said it would make cuts of a million barrels per day (bpd) in July and Opec+ said targets would drop by a further 1.4 million bpd from 2024.
Opec+ accounts for around 40% of the world’s crude oil and its decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.
In Asia trade on Monday, Brent crude oil rose by as much as 2.4% before settling at around $77 a barrel.
The seven hour-long meeting on Sunday of the oil-rich nations, led by Russia, came against a backdrop of falling energy prices.
Total production cuts, which Opec+ has undertaken since October 2022, reached 3.66 million bpd, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.
Opec+, a formulation which refers to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, had already agreed to cut production by two million bpd, about 2% of global demand.
Manpower services agency wins accolades for its contribution to foreign employment sector
Its MD says. ‘go abroad only if you can work hard’
Siraj Manpower Services, one of Sri Lanka’s leading foreign employment agencies, was honoured with the Three-Star Award at the ‘Golden Awards’ 2023, organised by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). This award ceremony was organised to honour foreign employment agencies that have made a significant contribution to the development of the foreign employment sector, which is a major source of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services, was presented with the award at the award ceremony which was held at the BMICH in Colombo under the patronage of Minister of Foreign Employment and Labour Manusha Nanayakkara.
Having been established in 2002, Siraj Manpower Services (www.sirajmanpower.lk) has earned a reputation in the field of foreign employment by winning the trust of customers for more than 20 years. It has been offering job opportunities in the Middle East countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia as housekeepers, drivers, sanitation workers, labourers and also jobs related to the apparel industry. All these workers are entitled to approved salary scales certified by the SLBFE.
“We always stand for the safety of workers who go abroad through our organisation. We work to solve the problems that arise in relation to the contracts that the workers have entered into. I must mention something special to those who go abroad for employment. That is, you should keep in mind that you go abroad only to work. Go abroad only if you can work hard. You have to remember that you are going abroad to earn some more money and achieve the advancement of your family.” said Siraj Cafoor.
Direct flights between Istanbul and Katunayake to commence from August
A special discussion between Turkish Ambassador – Demet Sekercioglu and Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – Nimal Siripala de Silva took place last week at the ministry office. The aim of the discussion was to seek authorization to commence direct flights from the Turkish Capital Istanbul to Katunayake, Sri Lanka. The Chief of Turkish Airlines’ South Asia Office Fathi Bozkurt was also present during the discussion.
Currently, Turkish Airlines connects with Sri Lanka through a route that includes a stopover in the Maldives, resulting in an additional travel time of one and a half hours. The delay caused by this routing is not favored by travelers, as emphasized by the Ambassador.
The Chief of Turkish Airlines requested for time and space to be allocated in order to initiate direct flights between Istanbul and Katunaike, thus providing convenience for Turkish tourists and travelers who prefer visit Sri Lanka.
The Minister announced that the request would be forwarded to the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka and the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited. The aim is to establish direct flights between Istanbul and Katunayake starting from August this year.
Turkish Airlines, a renowned airline with a fleet of over 100 aircraft, offers flights connecting Europe’s Vancouver and New York. The Chief of Turkish Airlines said that the new service would not only benefit European travelers but also encourage them to travel to Sri Lanka.
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