Rs. 2m to IDPs from Com Bank staff
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon in a humanitarian move recently raised
funds from among its staff to assist the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
that are flowing in to the refugee camps in the North.
One of Commercial Bank’s lorries with
essential items at an IDP camp
A fund was launched with an initial contribution of Rs.500,000,
provided by the Bank's Corporate Social Responsibility Trust and
subsequently contributions exceeding Rs.2 million were collected from
the Bank's staff, their family members and a few well-wishers. Part of
the funds have already been used to purchase the most urgent necessities
such as water, non-perishable food items and new clothing. Three lorries
loaded with these items were delivered to the main refugee camp at Manik
Farm, Cheddikulam on April 29 2009, with the approval of Commissioner
General of Essential services.
"Having heard of the sad plight of the IDPs from sources in the
government and our own branches in North, we sought the assistance from
our branches in the South and the response was overwhelming," a Bank
"We are thankful to the staff at our 171 branches islandwide for
their immediate support to this humanitarian mission and the voluntary
contributions made to the special account opened for this purpose titled
'Humanitarian Assistance to IDPs.
The Bank is committed to continue this project for at least in the
immediate future," the spokesman said. (Ends)