Synergen Health, Army restore hearing of over 3,000
Synergen Health, a healthcare solutions company serving the US
healthcare industry, headquartered in Dallas, Texas USA with its global
delivery centre in Colombo, with the help of the Army, fitted over 3,000
hearing aids worth over Rs. 200 million on people who had lost their
hearing either due to old age, illness, deafening explosions, trauma or
being born hearing impaired.
The founder Bill Austin and wife Tani who led the Starkey Hearing
Foundation with its mission "So the World May Hear," are about bringing
understanding between people through caring and sharing.
"We are honoured to partner with Bill and Tani Austin, Starkey
Hearing Foundation, the Sri Lankan Army and Vision Care to bring the
gift of hearing to thousands of lives and also help towards the
reconciliation efforts of post war Sri Lanka" said Mel Gunawardena,
Managing partner of Synergen Health. The hearing aid charity project was
held at the Air Force grounds in Colombo recently with around 1,760
Northerners and Easterners receiving hearing aids.
A Convoy of 14 buses were mobilised by the Army, bringing people with
hearing impairment to the project site, who were from Jaffna, Mullaitivu,
Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Anuradhapura. The beneficiaries returned
home the same day with their hearing restored.
"This program wouldn't be a reality without all the associates of
Synergen Health, including Project Manager, David Gnanamuttu and
Director of Operations, Denver Fernando for their tireless contribution
in the last three years", said Surinda Gunawardena, Managing Director,
SYNERGEN Health Sri Lanka.
With the help of Sri Lankan Ambassador to the US at that time, Jaliya
Wickramasuriya, they were able to obtain a sponsorship for the project
from President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Defence Secretary, Gotabaya
Rajapaksa, who in turn requested the Army Commander, Lt. General Daya
Ratnayake to do the needful.
This started a three-year coordination effort to fund, partner and
execute the Sri Lankan mission.
"The Starkey Hearing Foundation Mission coincided well with our
company mission and values about doing what is right by our community,"
said Duminda Gunawardena, Managing partner of Synergen Health.