APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donate 300 KN 95 respirator masks to the Sri Lanka Navy General Hospital, Welisara

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donated 300 KN 95 respirator masks to the Sri Lanka Navy General Hospital, Welisara.

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

The PPE respirator masks were handed over to Commander Dr. Keerthi Rajapasksha, Consultant surgeon at Sri Lankan Navy General Hospital, and Lieutenant Commander Mr. P. D. S. R Kumarasisri, Senior Administrative Officer of Health, Sri Lankan Navy by Mr. Nihal Uggalla, Vice President , Ex-Naval Medical Association and Mr. Sisira Senarath, Member, Ex- Naval Medical Association behalf of APSL and Hela Sarana.

APSL and Hela Sarana wish to thank Commodore Superintendent of Health-West Dr. Chinthaka Wijedasa, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sri Lanka Navy General Hospital, Mr. Nihal Uggalla, Mr. Sisira Senarath and the Ex-Navel Medical Association for their kind coordination and all the donors for supporting the course.

Importantly, APSL and Hela Sarana would like to take this opportunity to thank all the front line key workers including the medical staff members, members of Tri-forces, Srilanka Police and Civil Security Forces for their indispensable contribution to the nation during this hour of need.

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donate 100 KN 95 respirator Masks to the Chilaw District General Hospital

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donated 100 KN 95 respirator Masks to the Chilaw District General Hospital.

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

The PPE respirator masks were handed over to the Director of Chilaw District General Hospital, Dr. K.P Mallawaarachchi by Dr. Sasitha Thenuwara, Medical Officer Orthopaedics, Chilaw District General Hospital behalf of APSL and Hela Sarana. Then the masks were handed over to Dr. Sarath Gamage, Secretary of GMOA branch union and Medical officer Obs and Gynae at Chilaw District General Hospital by the Director, Dr. K.P Mallawaarachchi.

APSL and Hela Sarana wish to thank Dr. Sasitha Thenuwara and Dr. Sarath Gamage for their kind coordination and all the donors for their support.

APSL and Hela Sarana donates 200 KN 95 respirator masks to the Sri Lanka Police Hospital, Narahenpita

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donated 200 KN 95 respirator masks to the Sri Lanka Police Hospital, Narahenpita.

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

The PPE respirator masks were handed over to the Chief Medical Officer at Police Hospital, SSP Dr. Kalinga Ginige by Dr. Kushan Athukorala, Colombo South Teaching Hospital behalf of APSL and Hela Sarana. Then the masks were handed over to ASP Dr. Sachithra Weerasekara, MO/ETU and IP Mr. Hettiarachchi, Administrative officer by the Chief Medical Officer, SSP Kalinga.

APSL and Hela Sarana wish to thank Dr. Kushan Athukorala and Dr. Sachithra Weerasekara for their kind coordination and all the donors for their support.

APSL and Hela Sarana donates 300 KN 95 respirator Masks to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Colombo (aka the IDH)

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donated 300 KN 95 respirator Masks to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Colombo (aka the IDH).

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

The PPE respirator masks were handed over to the Director of IDH, Dr. Hasitha Aththanayaka by Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama, Senior consultant physician on behalf of APSL and Hela Sarana. Then the masks were handed over to Mrs. U.G.C. Udugamkorala, Matron IDH and Mrs. Navodini, Pharmacist IDH by the Director, Dr. Hasitha Aththanayaka.

APSL and Hela Sarana wish to thank Dr. Hasitha Aththanayaka, Director of IDH, Dr. Mallika Karunathilaka, Microbiologist IDH and Dr. Azad Samad, Medical Officer (MO) planning at IDH, Dr. S.N.S Anuradha and Mr. Anura for their kind coordination, and all the donors for their support.

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/