Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Trail Cancer Hospital

Tellippalai ( Jaffna) Trail Cancer Hospital

       Ready for opening

July 2011 Nathan Sivagananathan sponsored the Trail walk from Dondra to Point Pedro Jaffna. He did with a mission to build a cancer hospital in Tellippalai, Jaffna. The success of Trail has made that his dream a reality today and the Cancer hospital is now complete. The 120 bed hospital which cost $2.6 million will be open on the 19th of January 2014.
This Hospital has been built by funds collected through Trail - A journey by the living, for life.

It has been two years, since Trail – A Journey by the Living. For Life, a walk from Dondra to Point Pedro ended in July 2011.  The dream was to raise US$ 2 mn to build a cancer hospital in the North of Sri Lanka.

The success of Trail has made that dream a reality today and the hospital is now complete!  The fully equipped, state-of-the art Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital will be ceremoniously declared open by His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka amidst a distinguished gathering on Sunday, 19th January exemplifying a dream that Nathan Sivagananathan and Sarinda Unamboowe shared and a nation’s hope, a nation’s unity and a testament of courage and a collective fight against cancer.

Our most recent donation was from Dr Dinesh Sivaratnam who contributed LKR 45 million in memory of his parents Ratna and Meropi in helping patients with Cancer by making the single largest donation towards the completion of the Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital.  This donation is in line with the philosophy with which they all lived in making a positive difference in people’s lives.

It was with the aim of building a Cancer Ward in the North that Trail was initiated and the Colours of Courage Trust and Trail are proud to be associated with the Ministry of Health in funding the construction of this unit Tellipalai Hospital.

An entire hospital ward of thirty beds and accommodation for Medical and Nursing staff of size 15,000 square feet, part of the larger 

Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital complex will be named 

“Ratna and Meropi Sivaratnam Ward.”

Other donations in the recent past include a grant of Rs. 12.6 mn to donate state-of-the-art medical equipment to the pediatric unit at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital from Rotary Colombo East with the support of two matching grants from the Rotary foundation and partnered by its international Rotary partners Rotary district 6920 Georgia, USA and Rotary District 3230 Chennai India who assisted in obtaining the equipment.

The Founders of Trail and the Colours of Courage Trust acknowledge and express their sincere thanks to all those who contributed during the Trail as well as over the last two years.   Corporates, individuals and friends of Sri Lanka have donated generously towards the cause.  Corporates rivalries united for a common cause.  DHL and Fedex, Mobitel and Dialog, MAS and Brandix, HSBC and many others.  We had Lankem donate paint for the entire building, generators from United Tractor, Tiles from Royal Ceramics, X-Ray machines and other equipment.  We have also received several donations of equipment required for the day-to-day functioning of the hospital from individuals and companies. 

Trail’s message inspired 30,000 Sri Lankans to join together and achieve a goal which as individuals would have been unachievable.    A nation’s collective fight against cancer!

Trail which was co-founded by Nathan and Sarinda is a project in collaboration with the Colours of Courage Trust, a non-profit organization founded in 2008, dedicated to uplifting treatment facilities at the National Cancer Institute, Maharagama. To-date the Colours of Courage Trust has carried out several successful fund raising events, the proceeds of which have been utilized to build the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units at the National Cancer Institute. 

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