Cancellation of Assist RR’s Sports day on 07/09/14‏

We regret to inform you that we had to cancel the sports day planned for 07/09/14 due to certain unavoidable reasons. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. However, we are planning to meet you at our annual dinner in November. We will inform the details in the near future. We apologise again for the inconvenience caused.
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1000 Cataract Surgeries Completed by Assist RR

We are happy to inform that we have reached a milestone of assisting around 1000 cataract surgeries since June 2013 with the support of Vision 2020. These surgeries were organised by Assist RR and sponsored by many organisations including Assist RR and many generous individuals as follows: Friends of Assist RR & Gods Own Children Foundation, Australia; SCOT UK; Tamil Engineers, Singapore; Batticaloa Social Welfare Organisation and Australian Fund for Mahalirillam;  Enlightenment Circle, an arm of Saiva Munnetta Sangam, UK; Friends of Assist RR in the UK; Hartley College Past Pupils Association (HCPPA) of NSW, Australia. Nearly 600 surgeries were carried out in Surgery Camps arranged by Vision 2020: 3 camps in Mannar, 2 in Mullaitivu and 1 in Batticaloa. All these 600 surgeries were carried out single handed by a great service minded surgeon, Dr Jeyasiri Dias, who is currently serving at Batticaloa Teaching hospital. Another 200 surgeries are being assisted by donating 200 foldable lenses and other consumables to be used at four hospitals: Kalmunai; Batticaloa; Trincomale; Puttalam. Another 200 surgeries, which were funded by a Colombo based Charity, Youth Progressive Foundation, and by an anonymous donor, were carried out in a camp in Colombo on 17/18 August 2014.

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PTK Hospital Medical Ward Projects – Update

Following our appeal for building the first floor paediatric ward at PTK hospital, Children’s Hunger Relief Fund (CHRF) and Dr Philomina Karthigesalingam responded positively and have managed to raise enough funds to start the project. The construction work has now started and expected to be completed by 20th Sept. Dr Philomina has successfully completed her sponsored walk on 29th June and managed to raise nearly £6000 including gift aid.  CHRF made an appeal to their friends and families and raised nearly £12,000. Assist RR would like to express its gratitude to CHRF and Dr Phil on behalf of people of PTK for their selfless efforts towards assisting people affected by the war. We are now confident that we will raise the necessary funds to build another male ward so that the hospital will have the basic facilities to cater for the thousands of families depend on it.

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Sixth Cataract Surgery Camp Organised by Assist RR ‏

We are happy to inform that another cataract surgery camp organised by Assist RR and sponsored by Gods Own Children Foundation was successfully completed today (03/08/14) in Mannar. Surgeon, Dr Dias Jeyasiri, carried out surgeries to 98 patients single handed. The local eye doctor asked to convey the gratitude of the local people to the donors and organisers. He also mentioned that they already have another 200 patients on their waiting list. He is very keen to have another camp soon in Mannar. Assist RR will endeavour to fund and arrange another camp with the support of Vision 2020. Assist RR and people of East and North are indebted to Dr Dias for his selfless services to the vulnerable and poor patients. Dr Dias has now completed nearly 600 surgeries organised by Assist RR in the East and North of Sri Lanka. Assist RR also wish to express its gratitude for the financial support of Gods Own Children Foundation of Australia to this camp. Finally, we would like to thank Vision 2020, in particular Dr Asela Abeydeera, for their continued support in organising surgery camps in the East and North of Sri Lanka.

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Dr Phil’s Sponsored Walk and PTK Hospital Ward Project

Dr Philomina Karthigesalingam’s has successfully completed her sponsored walk on 29th June and managed to raise nearly £6000 including gift aid.  This is a massive achievement by the consultant and should be applauded by all of us.  I would like to express our gratitude to Dr Phil on behalf of Assist RR and people of PTK for her selfless effort towards assisting our people affected by the war.  Dr Phil’s hard walk gave us the confidence that we can start thinking about the first floor ward that was needed to be built at PTK hospital on top of the ground floor ward that was built by Assist RR (please see attached photos). Assist RR also made a specific appeal for building the first floor ward on 26 June 2014. Children’s Hunger Relief Fund (CHRF) responded positively and made an appeal amongst their friends and families.  They have received nearly £12,000 so far.  The construction work is now starting on Monday, 21st July, and expected to be completed by 20th Sept.

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A Corridor Linking the OPD and the New Ward at PTK

We would like to share another good news with you.  Further to our appeal on 30 May 2014, Children’s Hunger Relief Fund (CHRF), UK responded immediately to this appeal and pledged 66% of the cost of the corridor.  With CHRF’s support and Assist RR’s funds, we have now completed the construction of the corridor. Some photos of this corridor are given below. I would like to thank CHRF profoundly on behalf of Assist RR and the people of Puthukudiyiruppu for coming forward at the need of the hour and supported this project.  Especially, our sincere gratitude goes to Mrs Shantha Ganeshananthan of CHRF, for her selfless service to our unfortunate people back home. With the support of many kind hearted people and organisations, we can do a lot more to the needy back home.

Corridor 8    Corridor 5

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Donation of Exercise Books, Pens and Bicycles in Sampoor‏

Following our visit to Sampoor in early May 2014, we identified a number of needs and made an appeal to assist the unfortunate people of Sampoor, who were displaced in 2006 and around 4000 of them are still living in 4 welfare centres in and around Sampoor. One of the needs identified was helping the children with exercise books and bicycles. Following our appeal, Children’s Hunger Relief Fund, UK, immediately came forward and donated funds to purchase 2600 (200 pages each) exercise books, 550 pens and 5 bicycles. These items were handed over to nearly 450 children in 5 schools in Muthur district on 24 June 2014. The bicycles were given to five A/L girls at Sampoor MV. They walk from Kunithivu, which is nearly 4 kM away from Kaddaiparichan, where Sampoor MV is now temporarily functioning. On behalf of the people of Sampoor and Assist RR, we would like to thank Children’s Hunger Relief Fund for coming forward following our appeal to help the children of Sampoor. There are still more needs in Sampoor, as identified in the link below. We hope other individuals/organisations will come forward to help these people.

Ex Books Donation 00 Sampoor MV   Ex Books Donation 01 Iynkaran Vidyalayam
Ex Books Donation 12 Sampoor MV   Ex Books Donation 15 Al HairiaPlease click here for full details

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