by Lin J
Help Circles (Guarantee) Limited, a company established for charitable purposes, was established in mid Dec 2018, an initiative taken by the leading musician Mr. Keerthi Pasquel.
The first musical show, aimed at raising funds for the Cancer Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Section that is to be established at the Kothalawala Defence Hospital, was held yesterday at the BMICH. Veteran musicians – Victor Ratanayake, T. M. Jayaratne, Mareasell Gunethileke, Koreen De Almeda, Janaka Wickremasinghe, Edward Jayakody, Kasun Kalhara, Chitral Somapala, Rookantha Gunethileke, Chandraleka Gunethileke, Samitha Mudunkotuwa and a few other up and coming singers were seen on stage, coming forward to support the charity with an aim of supporting the new Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Kothalawala Defence Hospital.
The show was a tremendous success with all tickets sold out and speaking at the occasion all musicians said that they volunteered to come forward as it’s a worthy cause. Speaking during the concert, Mr. Paqual said, “I was harbouring this as a thought since I was down with a heart attack in 2011 where I really saw the work that doctors do when we are in need and the amount of people that are in need for medical help and wanted to do something to support needy. As such, whilst having a discussion with Dr. Balawardene, who is a cancer specialist in the county, we decided that we should do something to this effect and mustered the musicians, got support from Dr. Balawardene and his other doctors of the hospital and the KDU Vice Chancellor and his staff and embarked on the project.”
The concert on the 26th was the first and that they plan to do such shows to raise funds till end of 2019 where they hope to collect all funds that are required for the Bone Marrow Transplant Project, the first project of the Charity. The official website too was launched at the concert by well-known actress Pooja, who also assured her support for the Help Circle Charity.
Speaking to the sundayreader.lk this morning Ms Niranga Nanayakara who is a founder Director of the Charity said ” we got Provisional approval from the Defence Ministry to raise funds for this Bone Marrow transplant project to be established at the Defence Hospital at Ratmalana, which is called ‘ Prarthana’ and the show is as a result of same.” She also said that the Charity would first go ahead with this project and once its completed would look at other pressing needs and work according to the purpose for which the Charity has been established.
The Charity was fully appreciative of the support rendered by the The present Defence Secretory Mr Hemasiri Fernando, his deputy Mr Wijekoon, the former Vice Chancellor of the KDU Rear Admiral J J Ranasinghe and the current Vice Chancellor Air Vice Marshal Sagara Kotakadeniya.
The Help Circle Charity was established for the following purposes:
- To provide, organize, promote, maintain, manage and render charitable and benevolent services to the poor, sick, distressed, old, orphan, homeless, disabled, destitute, refugees and the victims of war, civil disturbance, riot, famine, earthquake, flood, fire, pestilence, epidemic and other natural calamities irrespective of nationality, community, caste, creed, colour, religion or sex.
- To engage in activities for the holistic development and welfare of children by operating Day Care and Montessori Centers.
- To set up homes for orphans, destitute, unwanted and abandoned children and to provide food, clothing, shelter, love and the comfort of a home to the children who are in need and to give these under-privileged children sound education and to rehabilitate, teach and train these children in vocational studies and various skills and equip them with knowledge in trades and specialized subjects.
- To set up homes for the aged and socially deprived people and to provide them food, clothing, shelter, love and necessary health care.
- To establish, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in Sri Lanka for the underprivileged suffering from blood cancer and other hematological disorders, and any other social programs for the welfare of the needy of the community.
- To establish, manage, maintain, subscribe to and arrange for training centers, camps, seminars, excursions, study groups and other additional services for the promotion of health, education and training in social and community development.
- To start and conduct musical educational centers /institutes for such poor, destitute, downtrodden, oppressed and backward persons, sick persons and mentally handicapped persons and prison inmates.
One in 10 deaths in Sri Lanka is caused by Cancer and is the No. 1 killer in the country. 23,105 new cancer cases have been reported in the year 2014 and 33% of them had died as a result where most children have been under the age of 15 years. It has been revealed that Bone Marrow Transplant is the ultimate curative treatment to many of these children and young adults where other treatment modalities fail.
A team of Doctors from the USA has given their assurance that they will come over to Sri Lanka and carry out the first few transplants FOC in support of kick starting such Bone Marrow Transplants in Sri Lanka. The Project is said to be done at a cost of Rs. 300 million.
What a positive initiative by a great set of passionate Sri Lankans towards humanity. A true Sri Lankan spirit as ‘One Sri Lanka’ and we are all Sri Lankans irrespective of factions, religion, cast, race or party.
For more information/ make donations visit www.helpcircles7.com
thesundayreader.lk salutes this initiative!