Lanka IOC launches tree planting campaign to mark 10th anniversary

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Continuing islandwide commemorations to mark the 10th anniversary of its operations in Sri Lanka, Lanka IOC recently launched a massive tree planting campaign at the Bio Diversity Park behind the Parliament at Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte.

Present on the occasion were B.M.U.D. Basnayake, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Tilak Collure, Chairman, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, Subodh Dakwale, Managing Director, Lanka IOC PLC, Ramesh Chandra, Regional Head, CEO, State Bank of India, Susantha Silva, Managing Director, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and several others.

Several well-wishers including LIOC Directors Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala, Jaliya Medagama and Amitha Gooneratne planted saplings along with the distinguished guests in what will be a year-long activity across the country. A festive air pervaded the verdant Bio Diversity Park behind the Parliament at Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte as a total of 1,500 saplings are expected to be planted at this location.

“We take pride in being a socially responsible corporate and hence our series of social service projects under the theme ‘We Care’. In fact our target is to facilitate the planting of 10,000 trees across Sri Lanka before the end of this 10th anniversary year. With this massive tree planting campaign, we’re parallely trying to inspire the general public to do so similarly and thereby give back to nature and the environment,” said Lanka IOC PLC’s Managing Director Subodh Dakwale.

Activities to celebrate Lanka IOC’s 10th anniversary in Sri Lanka kicked off last month with twin blood donation campaigns in Colombo and Trinco with members of the staff, well wishers, business associates and members of the three armed forces volunteering in large numbers.