TOGETHER, WE’VE WALKED 474 KM AND 196 KM MORE TO GO!
Come Join TRAIL 2016 and help us raise LKR 735 Million for a Cancer Hospital in the South
TUESDAY, 25TH OCTOBER 2016, COLOMBO: As the walkers complete 20 days of their journey to the South of Sri Lanka amidst the scorching heat, heavy rain, slippery roads, blistering feet and body aches all in the name of humanity, the amazing team of Trail Blazers along with many volunteers who support the cause reached Colombo on Tuesday 25th of October 2016. The walkers completed 474 Km up until Galle Face Green and will follow through the journey of another 196 Km until they reach Dondra Head on the 2nd of November 2016.
Mapping the North to the South, they are walking to raise USD 5 Million (An approximate value of LKR 735 Million) to build a new cancer unit at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle. The 28 day walk from Point Pedro in Jaffna to Dondra Head in Matara has now reached Colombo. According to the official Trail website, approximately USD 1.9 Million (LKR 279 Million) has already been raised, while over 6348 donors and 2158 walkers having registered for the event thus far. The Sri Lankan Government has pledged to match every dollar raised through this initiative.
Sarinda Unamboowe and Nathan Sivagananathan commented, “It is humbling to see people from all walks of life eagerly contributing to our cause. Along the route thus far, we have collected over LKR. 8 Million. A small donation of even LKR 100, makes a huge difference to the contribution. As a united Sri Lanka, we can heal our nation one step at a time.”
Mahela and Christina Jayawardena commented, “One of the highlights for us was a little girl and her family who donated a large portion of their savings. They were eagerly waiting for me to pass their house and when we stopped by, they were so happy to see all of us and make their contribution to Trail. It is amazing to see so many people who believe in this cause as much as we do and give so generously despite not having a very large income.”
(Caption from Left – Ikram and Aman)
Aman Ashraff commented, “Seeing so many people taking the time off to commit and participate in such a noble cause was unbelievable, especially in Jaffna. The kindness, support and encouragement shown by the locals towards every person who walked was so heartfelt. It was a true sign of hope. It proved beyond measure that Sri Lankans truly are one!”
(Caption from Left – Mahela and Saroj)
Saroj Somarathne commented, “It finally rained on Day 17, as we walked from Dampalassa to Pannala. The rainy weather was a welcome reprieve from the heat of the past 17 days, and everyone had an enjoyable walk. Rain or shine, the support from onlookers, sponsors and walkers cheering each other on is a constant characteristic of Trail. We have come to expect this kind of support by now because we have seen firsthand the generosity and kindness that all Sri Lankans have regardless of race, geographical location or background.”
(Caption from Left – Tanisha)
Tanisha Panditharatne commented, “Throughout this walk we have often met fellow Sri Lankans who have battled cancer themselves, and although they may not have enough income to donate, they make sure to give us whatever they can. It is heart-warming to see the selflessness and generosity of our people and it motivates us to keep walking. This is why we Trail.”
ABOUT TRAIL 2016
Initiated in conjunction with the Colours of Courage Trust, Trail is a charity walk that carries a message of unity and understanding while raising funds in aid of cancer treatment. The walk takes place over 28 days and spans 670 km along the length of the country.
Trail will travel a distance of approximately 25 km each day and is open to the public. Walkers can still join Trail 2016 for either a 3-day period, a single day, or to walk through a city or town depending on their capabilities. This year’s participants also include Brand Ambassadors such as pop idols Bathiya and Santhush, cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lankan born Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez and celebrated entrepreneur Otara Gunawardene among many other popular personalities, who have committed to join the walk at various stages.
The public can also still contribute towards the cause by donating to a walker, donating supplies towards the construction itself such as bricks and any other supplies, buying Trail merchandise, pledging to build wards or donating offline via a bank transfer and through Dialog/Mobitel mobile transactions. All proceeds will go towards the building of the cancer unit at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, which has recorded its highest number of cancer related deaths in 2015. The hospital has also seen a dramatic influx of patients who travel from surrounding provinces to seek treatment; patients coming not only from the southern districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota but also from areas as far as Badulla and Kalutara. Catering to a population of 6 million, one of the biggest obstacles faced by the hospital is the overcrowding of all units. It is in dire need of an expansion as it is currently unable to meet the requirements of these patients. The proposed building will give patients more ward space and other facilities including counseling rooms, rehabilitation and recreation facilities as well as new radiology and pathology labs.
Bearing the reputation of being a genuine project spearheaded by two individuals with no corporate label to it, the Trail fundraising model is designed to ensure that whatever the activity may be – be it fundraising, an event or the walk itself, it is always a collective effort – each fundraiser, donor and sponsor, along with the doctors and experts of the hospital, and the Government of Sri Lanka will help see this dream fulfilled. The organizers reiterate that it is still not too late for anyone to join the cause. Members of the public can donate to Trail 2016 via Dialog SMS, Star Points, eZ cash, Mobitel Mcash or through the official website www.trailsl.com It is also possible to make a direct deposit to Colours of Courage Trust (Guarantee) Limited, Account Number 00301049171, Hatton National Bank (SWIFT CODE – HBLILKLX).
Further, the following mechanisms could be used for convenient transactions via Dialog Network. For,
SMS – Type
Trail<space><donation amount> and send to 77100 from any Dialog Postpaid or Prepaid connection. The minimum and maximum donation limits by each SMS is Rs.5/= and Rs.2, 500/= respectively. Amounts exceeding Rs. 2,500/= could be sent by a new SMS. The donated amount will be added to the monthly bill of Post-paid customers and will be deducted from the available balance of Prepaid customers.
Dial #111#, select Institute Payments, enter your eZ Cash PIN, enter COCT, enter account number 1234, enter amount and confirm.
Dial #141*5# and select “Trail” and donate the points.
OR Visit any Dialog Customer Care Center and make your donation. (Dialog Customer Care Centres at Arpico – Hyde Park & Wattala, Keels – Rajagiriya, Thalawathugoda and BIA excluded)
The progress of the walk can be followed at;
Twitter: @TrailSL / Instagram: @trail_sl / Snapchat: @trailsl
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