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Citi celebrates 2018 Global Community Day in Sri Lanka

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  • Event joins tens of thousands of Citi volunteers across 450 cities around the world
  • Annual initiative contributes nearly 4 m hours of service since launch

Citi on 9 June celebrated its annual Global Community Day. In the days leading up to and including Global Community Day, tens of thousands of Citi colleagues, alumni, clients, family and friends in more than 450 cities across 90 countries and territories volunteer on 1,400 service projects that are helping address a range of community needs, from feeding the hungry to revitalising schools for a better learning environment to preparing young people for jobs.

In Sri Lanka, over 50 Citi volunteers helped to create a memorable experience for 60 children residing at the Sri Jinananda Children’s Home situated at Wellawatte. 

The day commenced with the volunteers engaging in a premises cleanup and thereafter spending quality time bringing smiles to these special children as they got involved in various entertainment activities.The day included loads of fun, laughter goodies and concluded with a well-deserved cinema experience.

“Global Community Day is now a long-running tradition that gives Citi colleagues all around the world an opportunity to further demonstrate our values to the communities we serve,” said Ravin Basnayake, Citi Country Officer, Sri Lanka. 

He added: “While our presence as a firm may be global, the real impact on this day is local, and one example of how we are enabling progress in a big way.”

Since the inaugural Global Community Day in 2006, Citi volunteers have contributed nearly four million hours of service to Global Community Day projects in hundreds of cities. This year, for the first time, we are tracking how the projects are helping advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The activities illustrate how this year’s Global Community Day activities are contributing to select SDGs including: Zero Hunger (SDG 2); Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3); Quality Education (SDG 4); Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8); Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11); and Climate Action (SDG 13).

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