Sri Lanka Cricket’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is set to raise funds for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Pandemic in Sri Lanka. They will have a charity dinner and silent auction at the Long Room at Lord’s on 4th June. Funds will be disbursed toward CKD patients in Sri Lanka.
A gathering of distinguished guests, which will include Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekera, Thilanga Sumathipala, captain Angelo Matthews and the Sri Lanka cricket team will attend the dinner.
Graham Gooch OBE, one of the most prolific international batsmen will deliver an after-dinner speech. Tickets priced at £200 will entitle the holder to a tour of Lord’s.
It is the passion for cricket that led Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in the aftermath of the devastating Boxing-Day Tsunami of 2004, to launch Cricket-Aid as a CSR initiative of SLC. Within 24 hours Cricket-Aid dispatched its first consignment of relief, with National and International cricketers coming together in the spirit of oneness and unity.
The international world of cricket chipped in with the ICC, World Vision and Cricket Australia arranging a benefit match at the Melbourne Cricket grounds followed by a charity dinner. The one day match between the World XI and Asian XI played on the January 10, 2005, guaranteed a pre-match placement of A$ 500,000 pledged to Sri Lanka through World Vision. The clarion call of Cricket-Aid was able to gather resources to establish four villages in the North, South, East and West of the country complete with 50 houses, places of worship, playground, library and IT centre. A foster care programme for 1,000 orphaned children was established through Cricket-Aid.
Cricket-Aid is being resurrected by the President SLC, Thilanga Sumpathipala, who founded the initiative. Sumathipala wants to re-ignite Cricket-Aid and put the spotlight on Chronic Kidney Disease as the deserving cause of Cricket-Aid’s first fundraising event.