UTE to support National Cancer Institute
Acting Australian High Commissioner
Ms. Sonya Koppe presenting gifts to a winner.
United Tractors and Equipment (Pvt) Ltd.(UTE) and the Sri Lanka -
Australia - New Zealand (SLANZA) friendship association sponsored the
'Melbourne Cup Ball 2011' recently to raise funds for the National
Cancer Institute - Maharagama.
The event took place at the Ceylon Continental Hotel with the
participation of a large gathering of SLANZA members and well-wishers.
The contributions of the event will be channelled to the National
Cancer Institute (NCI) to upgrade its infrastructure, purchase treatment
equipment and medicine and for its general upkeep. The NCI is the
largest Hospital in Sri Lanka, which offers specialised treatment for
all types of Cancer patients. It helps to identify cancers in about
10,000 new patients, and does follow-up treatment for nearly 30,000
patients every year.
Apart from the annual Melbourne Cup Ball sponsorship, UTE is closely
linked with the other social wealth generation programs initiated by
SLANZA as part of UTE's social responsibility initiatives. One such
initiative was the construction of the Dialysis Unit in the Anuradhapura
National Hospital to treat the large number of kidney patients found in
the North Central Province.
'Melbourne Cup Day' is the most prominent equestrian festival in
Australia and takes place annually during the first week of November.