APSL Webinar Invitation: UK Immigration Issues by David Mariampillai – Saturday 2nd May at 4pm

In response to the crisis caused by coronavirus, APSL has undertaken a number of initiatives to support those who are affected – including families in Sri Lanka, APSL members as well as any Sri Lankans living in the UK. One of the initiatives is a FREE webinar series to provide help and advice to APSL members and Sri Lankans in the UK, on a range of useful topics.

The third webinar in the series: ‘UK Immigration Issues’ will be held on Saturday 2nd May at 4pm, and delivered by David Mariampillai, Director of David Benson Solicitors and moderated by APSL President, Dr. Mahesh de Silva.

If you are interested in attending this webinar, please register using the link below.

https://ukimmigration.eventbrite.co.uk/

Moreover, if you have any questions to discuss during the webinar please send them during the registration. Priority will be given to questions received prior to the webinar due to time constraints.

Webinar invitation: Mindfulness in Difficult Times – Saturday 25th April at 4pm

APSL intends to support the members and Sri Lankans in the UK affected during these difficult times in numerous ways.  As part of these initiatives, APSL is organising a webinar series to provide help and advice on a range of topics.

The second webinar in the series: ‘Mindfulness in Difficult Times’ will be held on Saturday 25th April at 4pm delivered by Professor Geoffrey Hunt, retired Professor of Ethics, University of Surrey  and moderated by Dr. Mahesh de Silva, APSL President.

If you are interested in attending this webinar, please register through Eventbrite ink below.

https://apsl_mindfulness.eventbrite.co.uk

Moreover, if you have any questions to discuss during the webinar please send them to the moderator president@apsl.org.uk . Priority will be given to questions received prior to the webinar due to time constraints.

Corona Pandemic: APSL donates PPE kits to Kalutara General Hospital

APSL donated 25 fully equipped (Cover-all) Ansell PPE kits for COVID-19 community screening purposes at Kalutara General Hospital .

This was fully funded from the kind donations of Sri Lankans living in the UK and around the world through the APSL- Emergency Response Fund (APSL -ERF).

The PPE kits were handed over to the Consultant Emergency Physician Dr. Pandula Kavirathne by Dr. Chanaka Perera on behalf of APSL.

APSL wishes to thank Dr. Chintha Gunarathna, Deputy Director, Kaluthara General Hospital, Mr. Yasantha Rathuwithana, Deputy Director, Public Utilities Commission, Mrs Lalitha Kumari and Dr. Sulochana Kannanthudawa for their kind coordination and all the donors for their support.

APSL Emergency Response Fund expands its relief distribution activities in Sri Lanka by providing assistance to 1305 families and three major Hospitals

The Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the UK (‘’APSL’’) (UK Registered Charity No: 1145786) launched an Emergency Relief Fund (“ERF”) on 24th March 2020 to support vulnerable people & deserving families in Sri Lanka as they started to face many hardships due to the current Corona (Covid-19) pandemic.  As the pandemic continues globally, we believe we should continue to be assisting those in Sri Lanka by keeping the fund raising links open on social media.  Further details appear below in this media release.

By way of immediate relief, it was decided to distribute a dry ration parcel to each deserving family containing of the following items.

  • Rice 5kg
  • Dhal 1kg
  • Salmon/Mackerel 1 large or 2 small tins
  • Noodles 500g 1 packet
  • Dry Fish 100g
  • Big onions 1 kg
  • Chilli Powder 100g
  • Curry Powder 100g
  • Salt 1 packet

Since the launch of this fund on 24th March 2020, we have successfully completed two phases of the programme helping 643 families. We have already commenced and completed 75 % of the 3rd phase of the programme and will be completing the remaining distributions once the curfew is lifted on 16th and 17th April 2020, where we intend to help another 662 families in collaboration with Hela Sarana, a leading Sri Lankan Charity in the UK. This will bring the total beneficiaries of the programme across all three Phases to a total of 1305 families across the island as shown in the map below.

In addition to the above programme we have completed providing packs of dry rations especially to deserving families with young children and we have donated PPE and other necessary equipment to three hospitals in Sri Lanka.

  1. With the help of the Late Florence De Silva fund, we distributed 120 special dry ration packs (worth of LKR 2,000.00 including milk powder, Samaposha/ Threeposha and biscuits) mainly focusing on families with young children (during Phase Two of the programme).
  2. Donated hundred protective masks (N 95 respirators) to Karapitiya General Hospital, Galle.
  3. Donated 25 fully equipped (Cover-all) PPE kits for COVID-19 community screening to Kalutara General Hospital.
  4. Donated a heavy-duty washing machine to Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowilla.

The above equipment to the hospitals were funded by the donations we received via the APSL-ERF Facebook fundraiser, which is still open to the public worldwide to make contributions.

You can make a donation by visiting:

APSL Facebookgroup  (https://www.facebook.com/groups/APSLUK/) and APSL website (www.apsl.org.uk) to view photos of dry ration distribution across Sri Lanka during all three phases of the programme.

It had been made possible to distribute the food parcels and other donations with the huge APSL network of contacts all over the country and a huge appreciation goes out to the voluntary ground force in Sri Lanka who took the challenge to mobilise and dedicate themselves in a very short period  of time coming forward to help our fellow Sri Lankans who are in need of help during this difficult period.

Please note all involved with the programme in Sri Lanka have been informed strictly to follow the Sri Lankan government’s advice/regulations/guidelines regarding social distancing and use of appropriate personal protective equipment.

We would like to thank all our Executive Committee members, APSL members, non-members and all who contributed towards the programme to make it a success at very short notice.

If you are considering any further contributions, please use the Virgin Money giving link below and share the link with your contacts as we are intending to launch further phases within the next few days/weeks.

http://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/APSLEmergencyResponseFund

https://www.facebook.com/donate/1553522381467619/

Please note that all donations received will be 100% utilised for providing the necessary help as per the above programmes to help the people and institutions in need.

Furthermore, we shall be receiving all details of the beneficiaries and photographs (where appropriate) for transparency and accountability.

If you need any further information, clarifications or any suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the APSL General Secretary Dr. Leshan Uggalla (gereralsecretary@apsl.org.uk – 0044 7969330078).

APSLUK was formed in 2004 and is a UK registered charity. For more information regarding the organisation, please visit our website www.apsl.org.uk

Thank you.

Dr. Leshan Uggalla (General Secretary APSL)                          Dr. Mahesh de Silva (President APSL)

Corona Pandemic: APSL donates a washing machine to the Dengue High Dependency unit at Colombo South Teaching Hospital (Kalubowila)

APSL donated a much needed washing machine to the Dengue High Dependency Unit to clean up the protective clothing used on daily basis by the medical staff who are facing a crisis situation due to COVID 19 pandemic.

This was fully funded from the kind donations of Sri Lankans living in the UK and around the world through the APSL- Emergency Response Fund (APSL -ERF).

The washing machine was handed over to the Director of Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Dr. Asela Gunawardena by Dr. Kushan Athukorala behalf of APSL.

APSL wishes to thank Dr. Kushan Athukorala for his kind coordination and all the donors for their support.

Corona Pandemic: APSL donates 100 N95 Respirators to Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Galle

APSL donated 100 N95 Respirators to Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Galle to help manage Covid 19 patients. Karapitiya Teaching Hospital is the regional centre for diagnosing and managing COVID-19 suspected patients.

This was funded from the kind donations of Sri Lankans living in the UK and around the world through the APSL- Emergency Response Fund (APSL -ERF).

The masks were handed over to the Director of Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Dr. Sampath Ranaweera by the Deputy Director of Karapitiya Hospital, Dr. Nishani Ubesekara on behalf of APSL.

APSL wishes to thank Dr. Nishani Ubesekara for her kind coordination and all the donors for supporting the worthy cause.

You can now donate through the Facebook fundraiser below.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/APSLUK/permalink/3005661092790363/

Webinar Invitation: Government Job Retention (Furlough) scheme – 11th April 2020 @ 16:00 hrs BST

Please click here to access the recorded session. 
As part of the programme to support Sri Lankans in the UK, APSL wishes to provide necessary information and discuss your queries on the Government Job Retention (Furlough) scheme through a webinar on Saturday 11th April at 4pm.
The webinar will be hosted by the APSL Past President, Senior Solicitor and Business Director Mr. Rohan de Alwis and moderated by the APSL President Dr. Mahesh de Silva.
If you are interested in attending this webinar, please register using the link below.
Moreover, if you have any questions to discuss during the webinar please send them during the registration. Priority will be given to questions received prior to the webinar due to time constraints.

Corona Pandemic – APSL Emergency Relief Fund launched

UPDATE – Number of families helped so far 501.

As the threat of the Corona (Covid-19) Virus grows, the Government of Sri Lanka has stepped up various relief measures. Considering the many hardships still faced, in particular by vulnerable people & families in Sri Lanka, Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the UK (‘’APSL’’) (UK Registered Charity No: 1145786) has launched an Emergency Relief Fund.

From the donations received so far, 165 families living in several parts of Sri Lanka have been provided with dry rations packs, as Phase 1 of APSL’s program.

Phase 2 of the programme will support another 336 families who will receive dry rations packs on 30th & 31st of March. A key feature of Phase 2 is the distribution of special dry ration packs (worth of LKR 2000, including milk powder, Samaposha/ Threeposha and biscuits) to the deserving families with children.

Total number of families helped through this program currently stands at 501.

Please note that all the parties involved in Sri Lanka are known contacts of APSL via previous APSL projects and they were informed strictly to follow the Sri Lankan Government guidelines regarding maintaining the stipulated distance, wearing appropriate protective gear etc.

Areas distributed under Phase 1 & 2

APSL wish to thank all our members and other non-member donors who responded to our initial call for donations. Also, a huge thank you goes out to the voluntary ground force in Sri Lanka who took the challenge to mobilise themselves in this critical time towards the benefit of our fellow Sri Lankans.

In order to continue this programme, APSL invites further donations. To contribute, please use the Virgin Money giving link below as we are intending to launch further phases within the next few weeks.

Please note that all donations received will be fully utilised for provision of help to the needy. Furthermore, we shall be receiving the details of all the beneficiaries and photographs (where appropriate) for transparency and accountability.

http://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/APSLEmergencyResponseFund 

https://www.facebook.com/donate/1553522381467619/

If you need further information on APSL Emergency Relief Fund and the distribution of dry rations in Sri Lanka, please contact Dr Leshan Uggalla (General Secretary, APSL) using the email generalsecretary@apsl.org.uk

APSL was formed in 2004 and is a UK registered charity. For more information regarding APSL, please visit our website www.apsl.org.uk

We appreciate your generosity and help to continue our efforts to help those who are affected by the current situation and hope to keep you updated regularly on the progress made.

Relevant maps and photographs will be uploaded shortly to this website.

Thank you.

Dr. Leshan Uggalla (General Secretary – APSL)

Dr. Mahesh De Silva (President – APSL)

 

Molagoda (Kegalle District) 

   

 

Trincomalee 

  

 

Maradana (Colombo District)

   

 

Monaragala 

    

 

Akmeemana (Galle District) 

    

 

Elpitiya & surrounding areas (Galle District) 

  

 

Kantale & surrounding areas (Trincomalee District)