07/02/2013 – Puttalam, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) with support from the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) handed over 10,000/- LKR to 200 families in the Puttalam district as support towards livelihood resumption for people affected from the recent severe drought.
The President of SLRCS Jagath Abeysinghe, attended the event along with the Chairman of the SLRCS Puttalam Branch Charles E. Corea, Mayor of Puttalam M. Faiz, District Disaster Coordinator of the Disaster Management Centre Col. Ranaweera and the Branch Executive Officer W. P. Mahendra.
The funds awarded are in part of the drought programme of the SLRCS that has provided funds for people affected in various parts of the island. Puttalam District was one such district that saw people being severely affected due to the drought.
Addressing the gathering the President of SLRCS said that the Red Cross is an organization that is committed to responding to the most vulnerable when they are in trouble.
“We have been assisting the people affected by various disasters for over 7 decades and we continue to do this until the end of time. It’s the same people who could be our father, mother, sister, brother, son or daughter that needs help and we are dedicated to serving them”
Meanwhile a similar event was held in Anuradhapura recently under the patronage of the President.
In the event over 200 families were given 10,000 LKR as per part of the drought support programme. Kumarasiri Hettige, Parliamentary Affairs Secretary of the President of Sri Lanka, attended the event.