Sri Lankan Floods Appeal 2015

Container Shipment Ceremony – Mar 2015

Emergency relief supplies collected by our organisation for Sri Lanka floods appeeal, were loaded to a container after a ceremony. 

On 7 March 2015, over 60 community members attended the monthly breakfast held at our headquarters. Craig Laundy; Federal Member for Reid and D.M. Ratnayake, Sydney Commercial Consul of Sri Lanka were also present at the function.

After the breakfast, ARO Public Engagement Manager Rifat Akpinar started the program with opening remarks and ARO President Ahmet Aydogan welcomed guests. Briefing the guests on ARO’s activities and the Sri Lankan flood appeal, ARO CEO Cihan Tumen said the following: 

“To organise humanitarian activities around the world, we have signed partnership agreements with humanitarian organisations operating in various countries. Intercultural Dialogue Foundation IDF in Sri Lanka is one of these organisations. After the Sri Lankan floods, our organisation was contacted by IDF for a humanitarian aid request. 

After tens of thousands of people were left homeless by Sri Lankan floods in December 2014, we ran a human appeal campaign (to collect clothing, shoes, bags and homewares) to help the people of Sri Lanka. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank those who contributed to this cause.”

Following the activities of ARO closely, Craig Laundy mentioned that he was very pleased to see that the ARO community has been involved in such charitable activities. Laundy also thanked  the Board of Directors for developing community projects beneficial to the Australian public, including the asylum seeker and nursing home projects. 

After Laundy, D.M. Ratnayake thanked ARO community for supporting the Sri Lankan people in their times of hardship. 

After the breakfast, humanitarian supplies were loaded into a container and group photos were taken.

Distribution Ceremony – May 2015

On 16 May 2015, our team visited Batticaloa region of Sri Lanka to organise the clothing distribution project.

Thanks to efforts of Batticaloa Mayor Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana, IDF reps Ugur Bilici and Niyas Mohummed, the distribution process ran smoothly and thousands of Sri Lankans benefited from our campaign. A sewing machine was also given to a needy tailor, which we hope to assist her in earning a living in upcoming years.

Special thanks goes to Tanuja Moulana, who used the Eastern International School resources to assist us during the sorting process of the campaign. We are also thankful to Amjad Moulana for his efforts prior to and during the distribution process of the campaign.


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