Over 350,000 missed calls within a period of one month and over 3.5 million worth of funds generated
Sri Lanka Insurance(SLIC) achieved a significant milestone upon the successful completion of its latest project ‘Call to Donate’, launched in October with the unifying call to all Sri Lankans, urging them to join SLIC in aid of the Paediatric Oncology unit of The National Cancer Institute Maharagama (NCIM), to raise funds to help children diagnosed with cancer. Within a span of one month (01), the SLIC ‘Call to Donate’ project received over 350,000 missed calls and in return SLIC will donate Rs. 3.5 million to the Oncology unit of the National Cancer Institute Maharagama.
The donation of 3.5million will be spent towards a C Pap machine (CPAP), Prosthesis and essential medicine for the paediatric ward of the NICM. A CPAP machine helps cancer patients breathe more easily during sleep, ensuring that the airway does not collapse when breathing. Due to bone cancer in children, at time legs are removed to protect the lives of the children. The prosthetic legs help them to walk normally and to function as nearly as normal.
Commenting on this significant milestone SLIC Chairman Hemaka Amarasuriya said: “We are extremely pleased with the successful outcome of this campaign and extend my sincere gratitude to all Sri Lankans who contributed to this worthy cause. The National Cancer Institute Maharagama is the only place with accessible treatment option for children suffering from cancers. We are pleased that the funds contributed will assist the hospital cope with the high-volume of patients coming in and are able to help the hospital serve them better to save many more young lives.”
Further commenting on this project, Dr.Damayanthi Peris, Paediatric Oncologist, NCIM said, “We appreciate the effort taken by SLIC to conduct a project of this nature. We are in the process of purchasing the C Pap machine and some of the essential medicine and assisting parents of these children to buy prosthesis.”