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Sri Lankan to head top global charity

A Sri Lankan business leader K.R. Ravindran will assume the Chairmanship of of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago based Rotary Foundation on July 1.

A product of S.Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia, Ravindran is the co-founder and CEO of Printcare PLC. In 2015, Ravindran became the first Sri Lankan and 11th Asian to to have served as the global President of Rotary International, one of the world’s best known international non-profit organisations. Previously, Ravindran has served as its Director and Treasurer.

In 2017, he was conferred with the title of Sri Lanka Sikhamani by the Government of Sri Lanka.

The Rotary Foundation is ranked by Charity Navigator, a well recognised evaluator of charities, as the best of charities in the world in their 2019 rankings. The Foundation received the highest rating - four stars - from the Charity Navigator for the 11th consecutive year.With net assets and expectancies in excess of 2 billion USD, the Foundation earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Sri Lanka has been the recipient of Rotary cash grants in excess of USD 15 million over the past few years. Rotary has funded vital equipment for hospitals, set up a human heart valve bank, built tsunami destroyed schools and is working with the government to eradicate cervical cancer. The Rotary Foundation has donated generously to these projects.

In the COVID 19 era, Rotary is working with the MRI in equipping the Institute with modern equipment. This would increase the ability of MRI to do substantially more tests per day, give very accurate results and also protect the lab staff from any source of contamination being completely automated. The total value of equipment, PPEs and other material to MRI and other hospitals exceeded Rs 120m.

Joining Rotary in this project and adding much needed strength were the Dilmah charitable Foundation and the Carson’s group.Realizing that in a post COVID world, a radical behavioral changes will become necessary to keep Sri Lankans safe as they go about day to day living, Rotary has launched a nation-wide project called ‘Stop the Spread’.

Working with experts and professionals. Rotary has set up a protocol that would enable companies who are compliant with such guidelines to be certified as a COVID controlled environment.


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