Heart to Heart Trust Fund receives Rs. 13.5 mn from students of Musaeus College | Daily News

Heart to Heart Trust Fund receives Rs. 13.5 mn from students of Musaeus College

Deshamanya Ajita de Zoysa, Chairman of Musaeus College and a Trustee of the Heart To Heart Trust Fund, and other officials receive the donation from the students of Musaeus College.
Deshamanya Ajita de Zoysa, Chairman of Musaeus College and a Trustee of the Heart To Heart Trust Fund, and other officials receive the donation from the students of Musaeus College.

The students of Musaeus College, Colombo, donated Rs. 13.5 million to the Heart to Heart Trust Fund at a prize giving ceremony held on May 5, at the Musaeus College Auditorium.

‘Till Collection’, an innovative idea came from philanthropist and Buddhist leader Deshamanya Ajita de Zoysa, Chairman of Musaeus College and a Trustee of the Heart To Heart Trust Fund.

Following his request, each child was provided with a till for voluntarily collection to support the Heart to Heart Trust Fund with a letter to parents. In his letter de Zoysa has stated that “The collection by each student is not compulsory and we will be happy to accept empty tills, half-full tills, and more than one till.” This donation by the students will enhance the cause embraced by the Trust Fund of giving many Sri Lankans a new lease on life.

Speaking on the occasion, de Zoysa expressed his gratitude to the students, faculty, and staff members who embraced his idea to instil in the children compassion for those less fortunate. As a Trustee of the Heart to Heart Trust Fund, he assured that every rupee collected will be correctly spent for the benefit of the less privileged who struggle as breadwinners and who require urgent cardiac treatment.

Collecting money in a till to support the work of the Trust Fund resonated well with everyone who was involved with the initiative.

In the past, the Heart To Heart Trust Fund has been the shelter for many lives struggling in the agony of despair. Thousands of Sri Lankans suffering from heart-related ailments, who cannot afford private health care, languish on State hospital waiting lists for very long periods. Some of them succumb to their condition while waiting to obtain life-saving treatment, leaving families helpless and without a loved one.

Quite often families are pushed into poverty as it is the breadwinner who dies as a result of being deprived of timely treatment. Thanks to the vision of two specialist doctors, Rajitha Y. de Silva and Ruvan Ekanayaka, who witnessed the plight of Sri Lankans losing their lives owing to a lack of timely medical intervention, the Heart To Heart Trust Fund was set up to specifically assist individuals requiring critical treatment for heart-related ailments.

Since it was set up in 2014, the Trust Fund has saved the lives of over 400 Sri Lankans. Most recipients were breadwinners, adults of employable age, and young people, who otherwise would have been helpless without the funds for life-saving treatment.

 


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