SPAR Sri Lanka launches fundraising initiative for cancer patients

October 20, 2022 IN THE CATEGORY: People, Responsible retailing

Over 2,000 cancer patients and their families, located across the island, will benefit from SPAR Sri Lanka’s online initiative whereby consumers can donate food hampers. Consumers can support the patients and their families by donating dry grocery hampers which feed a family of four. The first donation to 30 cancer patients was made on 5 October at the Indira Cancer Trust, with whom SPAR Sri Lanka is collaborating on this initiative.

Customers can choose from two hampers – one option will meet a family of four’s needs for two weeks while a larger pack provides dry groceries to feed a family of four for one month. When patients travel to the Apeksha Cancer Hospital in Maharagama for treatment, they will receive the food hampers which have been generously donated.

Kickstarting the programme, SPAR Sri Lanka CEO Kumar De Silva made the first donation to 30 patients in the presence of the ICT team and ICT Trustee, Mr Roshan Mahanama at the offices of the Indira Cancer Trust (ICT). On that occasion, Mr De Silva said, “During difficult times for many Sri Lankans, these families are faced with multiple challenges to maintain and manage their health condition whilst feeding their loved ones. This initiative will help them tremendously to meet their basic food requirements.”

This is not the first time SPAR Sri Lanka has highlighted a section of the community requiring support through facilitating donations from shoppers. In 2021, a campaign highlighted the needs of the elderly, isolated due to the pandemic. Customers can donate to cancer patients by choosing one of the two dry grocery hampers shown here.

Source: SPAR Sri Lanka

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About SPAR Sri Lanka

SPAR International granted a licence to Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL Group) in 2017 to operate the SPAR Brand in Sri Lanka in a joint venture with the SPAR Group Ltd South Africa. CBL is a well-established organisation founded in the 1960s. It employs 5,000 people across diverse operations.

It has strong roots in local communities and a commitment to enhancing food retailing and entrepreneurial opportunities in the market, making it an ideal partner for SPAR.

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