Seylan Bank’s contribution towards COVID-19 reaches Rs. 20 mn | Daily News


Seylan Bank’s contribution towards COVID-19 reaches Rs. 20 mn

As the world battles with the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Seylan Bank in a joint initiative with its staff members have supported the Sri Lankan community with several initiatives to combat the impact of the pandemic.

At a meeting with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, on May 5, the Bank also made a donation of Rs. 2.5 million to the president’s fund and pledged support to the national fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Seylan Bank handed over 5,500 face shields for the safety of Police officers across the Western Province, to the Inspector General of Police in an event held at the Police Head Quarters in Fort, with the participation of, C.D Wickramaratne - Acting IGP, SP Kamal Pushpakumara- Director City Traffic Western Province, Kapila Ariyaratne- Director/CEO Seylan Bank along with senior officials from the Bank; Chitral De Silva- DGM Branches, Gamika De Silva – Head of Marketing & Sales, Jayantha Amarasinghe - Deputy General Manager - Human Resources and Amanthi Motha- Chief Manager Human Resources.

Seylan Bank also handed over 3000 face shields to officials from the Public Health Inspectors’ Union of Sri Lanka representing Upul Rohana at a ceremony held at the Bank’s Head Office. Seylan Bank took steps to source all face shields from a 100% local manufacturer, in the interest of uplifting local businesses during a time of crisis.

Kapila Ariyaratne, CEO Seylan Bank said “These donations would not have been possible without the generous support of our staff who have so willingly pledged to donate a days’ salary, which was equally matched by the Bank to make a sizeable fund towards assisting the nation in its time of need, needless to say, the Bank and its staff are also fully committed to providing essential banking services to the country and working with all our customers to ensure that we overcome the economic challenges posed by this pandemic”

Through the implementation of this project and other ongoing efforts through its vast branch network, Seylan Bank is planning to distribute a total of 9,000 face shields among Police Officers and Public Health Inspectors island-wide in days to come.

Overall, the total collection, including the contribution towards the president’s fund from the Bank, stands at over Rs. 20 million.

 The balance amount that was raised through the fund will be invested in constructing an additional fully equipped ward to expand the Intensive Care Unit at the Colombo East Base Hospital - a major service provider in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

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