Home / Healthcare/ ayubo.life presents W2K – A virtual walkathon to support a healthier Sri Lanka

ayubo.life presents W2K – A virtual walkathon to support a healthier Sri Lanka

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Wednesday, 7 March 2018 00:00


  • To transform physical activity into an entertaining and incentivising activity for all age groups in Sri Lanka 
  • To eradicate occurrence of non-communicable diseases by increasing physical activity

In line with the overall goal for a healthier and happier Sri Lanka, ‘ayubo.life’, Sri Lanka’s most extensive health and wellness platform, is hosting the year’s biggest exercise movement in the form of a month-long virtual walkathon commencing on 1 March. 

‘ayubo.life’ introduces a revolutionary reward-based virtual walkathon to the Sri Lankan public with W2K. W2K will see a participant’s everyday walking directly converted to virtual steps on the ayubo.life mobile app, virtually transporting them from capital city Colombo to the historic city of Kandy. A journey of 115 km and roughly 170,000 steps.

Participants can see their progress along the predefined virtual route as they walk throughout the day. The ayubo.life mobile app will log a participant’s steps and translate it into real-time progress on the challenge. Participants are encouraged to keep tabs on their progress as collectible treasures will appear along the route to Kandy. These treasures could be enticing offers or raffle entries to weekly draws for even more valuable prizes. The only way to find out is to grab as many as possible.

Participants who complete the challenge by walking the 170,000 steps within 25 days of commencing the challenge (and before 31 March) will be entered into a raffle draw to win Rs. 1 million in cash. The raffle selection method was chosen over a simple race to discourage potentially dangerous behaviour and to support the formation of a habitual daily workout. 

This will encourage participants to compete at their own fitness levels and be inspired to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

“Health is a fundamental consideration for every progressive country, and in line with Sri Lanka’s national action plan for the control of non-communicable diseases it is essential to encourage and sustain a healthy lifestyle amongst residents of Sri Lanka. Obesity, diabetes and related cardiovascular diseases are serious concerns in our Country and only an active lifestyle can help reduce risks and develop a healthier, happier nation,” commented Dr. Chamila Ariyananda, Director and Chief Operating Officer of ayubo.life. 

“Almost 79% of total deaths in Sri Lanka are due to non-communicable diseases, with the incidence of NCD’s highest in Sri Lanka as compared to other Asian Countries. On the other hand, usage of smart phones in our Country is a staggering 26%. W2K aims to initiate exercise among people and has all the elements to encourage and make the activity fun. I am confident that W2K is a true representation of a larger, national goal of controlling the increase of non-communicable diseases,” she added.

“According to statistics, 76% of the Sri Lanka’s population are active mobile internet users. This indicates a positive opportunity to encourage residents to stay fit through digital engagement. W2K is an exciting, easy to navigate application, which makes it a great fitness partner. ayubo.life is proud to host this event and support the rise of a healthier nation through this initiative. ayubo.life strives to make access to health and wellness simple, convenient and economical to all Sri Lankans,” said Chandima Cooray, Chief Digital Officer of Hemas Holdings PLC, parent company to ayubo.life.

The ayubo.life mobile app and W2K is available on both iOS and Android smartphones. Users are taken through a journey of education on AYATI, a charitable trust incorporated between the University of Kelaniya, Hemas Holdings and MAS Holdings, to help children living with disabilities in Sri Lanka. AYATI will be a purpose built 42,000 sq.ft. facility dedicated to support children with disability. 

Find out more about W2K on http://w2k.ayubo.life 

Share This Article


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

A brief guide to the legal system of China

Thursday, 21 June 2018

The law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is officially referred to as the “socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics”. The formation and development of the socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics are compatible with

The evolution of CSR towards Creating Integrated Value

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Creating Integrated Value (CIV), a term that I coined in 2014, is a concept and practice that has emerged from a long tradition of exploring the role of business in society. It has roots in what many today call corporate (social) responsibility or CS

Let’s educate ourselves for change!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Ordinary Level Examinations are over. Results are in. What should I be doing at Advanced Level? Science, Commerce or Arts? And what subject combinations? This always is a burning question for some and also for parents. This question is usually answe

Waluka teledrama and Yahapalana political drama

Thursday, 21 June 2018

There are several Sinhala teledramas telecast these days with passing political or social messages both constructive and humorous. The ongoing ‘Ape Ardare’ (Our Love) and ‘Sanda Eliya’ (Moonlight) may stand out, exposing the dubious nature of

Columnists More