In order to mark the Central Bank’s 60th Anniversary, the management and staff of the bank freed over 100 cows from slaughter and are making arrangements to hand over such animals to needy families so that they may uplift their livelihoods. This programme is funded entirely by the management and staff of the Central Bank and supported by several other philanthropists.
The main ceremony to hand over these freed animals to the new beneficiaries would be held at 10 a.m. on 19 October, 2010 at the Kithulawila Temple at Kithulawila, Kiriwaththuduwa. The Chief Incumbant of Kithulawila Temple, Venerable Gnanakiththi Thero and two Organisations that are active in the village, “Diriya Kantha Samithiya” and “Mihithala Mithoro Parisara Padanama”, would be associated with this programme.
Around 75 cows are to be distributed among 60 families in 11 villages, namely; Kithulawila, Godaparagahawatte, Bankanwatte, Punchi Irida Pola, Moragahagalgoda, Tharuka Sevana, Kosgahakumbura, Pinnakelewatte, Olabodukanda, Olaboduwatte and Gonawala. A majority of the selected families belong to the low income category, and also possess some experience in animal husbandry. The balance cows are to be donated to the Wadattha Temple, situated off Anamaduwa, where around 75 Buddhist monks reside, and the new herd is expected to support the upkeep of the temple and the resident monks.