CIPM Sri Lanka, the nation’s leader in human resources management, teamed up with the Enable the Disabled (ETD) Foundation to upgrade the Children’s Park at the BRC Grounds – Park Road in Colombo 5 on Wednesday 10 December to cater to the special requirements of differently-abled children.
A large number of delegates including CIPM Sri Lanka President Dhammika Fernando, Treasurer Ken Vijayakumar, CIPM Business School Director Chris Obeysekera, CIPM Sri Lanka Chief Executive Officer P. G. Tennakoon, CIPM Sri Lanka Council Members, members of the faculty and staff of CIPM Sri Lanka together with the Chairperson Jezaayar Hassendeen, Enable the Disable Foundation, members of the Foundation and the children and their parents and well-wishers were present at the handing over ceremony.
“As responsible corporate citizens it is our obligation and our duty to ensure inclusivity for the differently-able to join the mainstream of life. This newly-upgraded children’s park with special equipment caters to the special needs of special children will go a long way in providing opportunities for recreation which is an essential ingredient in leading a healthy life,” said CIPM Sri Lanka President Fernando addressing the gathering.
“Experiencing the joy of seeing their faces light up today is our justification for CIPM Sri Lanka’s mega CSR initiative in inclusivity. I would like to thank all those at CIPM, Enable the Disable Foundation and well-wishers who got involved in making this project a success” he added.
The project was organised and coordinated by the Standing Committee on Member Services & Related Events of CIPM Sri Lanka. The effort to raise the required funds to meet the expenses was started with the ‘CIPM Great HR Charity Walk & Carnival’ on 26 January 2019.
This was a charity walk from the CIPM Sri Lanka Head Office at ‘HR House,’ Colombo 5 to Campbell Park, Borella which was followed by a mini-carnival. All the funds collected at this event was channelled to procure the necessary equipment to upgrade the park to provide inclusivity to the differently-able children. This was the main fund raising event held on to generate the necessary funds for this project.
CIPM was founded in 1959 – incorporated by Parliamentary Act No. 24 of 1976, amended by Act No. 31 of 2018. CIPM is affiliated to the Asia Pacific Foundation of Human Resource Management and to the World Federation of People Management Associations. CIPM, being a professional institute is also a constituent member of the Organization of Professional Associations [OPA] Sri Lanka.
Currently, CIPM comprises over 1,600 professional members who serve in both public and private organisations. It was elevated to Chartered Status by the Parliament of Sri Lanka on 28 September 2018 by amending the original Act of establishment.