Standard Chartered joins hands with Sri Lanka Cricket to continue its efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Sri Lankan Visually Handicapped XI and its bid at this year’s World Cup in South Africa in November.
Sanjeewani de Silva, Head of Corporate Affairs/Brand & Marketing, Standard Chartered speaking of the Bank’s support of the Sri Lankan Visually Handicapped XI said: “Standard Chartered has already contributed USD 1 million towards the national Vision 2020 Secretariat’s efforts to address avoidable blindness by funding eye screenings, spectacles distributions, cataract surgeries and other similar activities for young and old. But we thought that our Seeing is Believing global initiative which has raised over USD 32 million to date could also focus a light on a very creditable effort by some very determined and talented sportsmen.”
Carlton Bernardus, Head of Cricket Operations, Sri Lanka Cricket commented: “This is an additional dimension to international cricket tours and both teams are looking forward to participating in all the planned events. We are very optimistic that there will be genuine interest and participation, not just for the great opportunities the events themselves provide, but also for the chance for us all to support our national visually handicapped team as they strive for this accolade. They recently trounced the touring Australian Visually Handicapped XI in a five match (40 overs) series with a compelling 4-0 series win over the tourists. The team has high hopes for the World Cup in South Africa and we hope to raise funds to make their dream a reality.”