As the world celebrated the spirit and innocence of the rightful owners of tomorrow onChildren’s day under the global theme, ‘Reimagine a better future for every child’, SriLankan Cares, under the umbrella of the National Carrier, SriLankan Airlines marked the occasion with a donation of medical equipment to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo.
The Airline understands and fully endorses the importance of nurturing a future generation of healthy citizens and undertakes various initiatives to support child healthcare and wellbeing.
Accordingly, SriLankan Cares donated infusions pumps to the Pediatric Cardiology Unit of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital which is the only tertiary care referral centre in the country for children with heart diseases. The Hospital currently houses children from all districts of Sri Lanka.
Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist, Dr. Duminda Samarasinghe said, “We would like to thank SriLankan Airlines for coming forward to donate essential medical equipment for the benefit of children who are undergoing treatment at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, thus marking the World Children’s Day in a meaningful and impactful manner. It is truly commendable that the National Carrier has come forward to support the country’s healthcare efforts, specially under the prevailing circumstances owing to the prevalent pandemic.”
SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Vipula Gunatilleka said, “This donation made on World Children’s Day signifies our continuous efforts to uplift the country’s healthcare sector and care given to children in need of medical attention. What is special about our donations is that they are typically the collective contributions of SriLankan Airlines’ staff members, who, despite their own hardships and challenges, strive to make a difference in the world.”
Ever since the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Airlines’ CSR arm has undertaken several initiatives to donate essential medical aid to hospitals which includes the donations of BI-level ventilators to the National Hospital of Colombo, high flow oxygen machine to the Colombo East Hospital, which is the final referral point of COVID-19 patients and its collaboration with the Little Hearts Project.