About Us

ABOUT US

Under the guidance of our Board of Trustees composed of eminent persons with a track record of reliable integrity, we always ensure the highest level of transparency in our operations. The Trustee Board is composed of both medical and non medical persons who represent various professional fields such as law, medicine, diplomacy, corporate business and the social sciences.

Representing the medical field on the Board are Dr Ruvan Ekanayaka, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Rajitha Y De Silva, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr Aruna Kapuruge, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr Mahendra Munasinghe, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr Kanishka Indraratne, Consultant Cardiac Anaesthetist, Dr Ravi Pillai, Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon as well as Dr Athula Kahandaliyanage, Chairman, Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital.

The non medical persons representing other disciplines and professions on the Board are Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, former UN Under-Secretary-General, Palitha Fernando PC, former Attorney General, Arunashantha De Silva PC, Former Legal Draftsman, Mahendra Amarasuriya, Senior Banker, Philanthropist and Former International President, Lions Club International 2007/08, Dr Kumari Jayawardena, Author/Social Worker, Sudath Tennakoon, Chairman, Central Bearings, Lt Gen (retd) Jagath Dias, former Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Army and Sunimal Fernando, Senior Sociologist who also guides the trust fund while representing diverse fields of specialisation.

Apart from the members of our Board, we have received dedicated service and support from all our volunteers among whom I would like to mention Sister Champa Samarasinghe, Sharmeen and Kareem Amath and our Honorary Executive Coordinator Shanti Fernando.

Since we are managing funds and donations, maintaining the highest possible level of trans­parency is a major factor contributing to our success.

We have three sources of funding;

  1. Donations from individuals, institutional and corporate entities.
  2. Fund raising events, organised by our highly committed group of volunteers, most of whom were once heart patients who have now fully recovered and work hard when required, to reach our goals and objectives. In addition, we also raise funds by working in collaboration with organisations such as the Lions Club.
  3. The Abhayadanaya Programme is yet another fundraiser we have organised.

We have supported more than 160 heart surgeries through our trust fund.

When examining the eligibility of patients to receive financial support, we prioritize their clinical urgency and financial background. We give priority to breadwinners of families as there is an enormous responsibility on their shoulders. A breadwinner can usually get back to a normal life two months after an open heart surgery or two weeks after a keyhole cardiac surgery, fend once again for the family and contribute at the same time to the national workforce.

At the moment, our office is situated at the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital (SJGH). Today we can proudly say that with the financial assistance provided by the trust fund, not a patient requiring heart surgery is turned away from the fee-levying SJGH because they cannot afford the cost. We are now in a position to extend our financial assistance on the same terms to financially disempowered patients in other private hospitals requiring urgent cardiac surgery.

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VISION

PREVENT AND CURE HEART DISEASE. FINANCIALLY ASSIST THOSE IN NEED OF HEART SURGERY.

MISSION

ENHANCE AND DEVELOP CARDIAC SERVICES, CONDUCT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES TO CREATE AWARENESS OF HEART DISEASE AND RAISE FUNDS TO SUPPORT HEART SURGERY.

Co-Founders

These two concerned and dedicated Doctors turned fruitful this much needed Trust Fund as per article appearing in the Sunday Times of 18th Janurary 2015, and Rivira of 15th March 2015.

Dr. Rajitha Y De Silva

MBBS, MS(Col), MRCS(Eng), FRCS(C-Th), FCSSL

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr. Ruvan A I Ekanayaka

MBBS(Col), MD(Col), MRCP(UK)
FRCP(Lond), FRCP(Edin), FRCP(Glsg), FCCP, FACC, FESC

Eminent Consultant Cardiologist

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love”

- Mother Teresa

Board of Trustees

Dr. Rajitha Y De Silva

Consultant
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr. Ruvan A I Ekanayaka

Senior
Consultant Cardiologist

Amb. Jayantha Dhanapala

Former UN
Under-Secretary-General

Mr. Palitha Fernando PC

Former Attorney General

Dr. Aruna Kapuruge

Consultant
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Mr. Aruna Shantha De Silva PC

Former Legal Draftsman

Mr. Mahendra Amarasuriya

Philanthropist
International President
Lions Club International 2007/2008

Prof. S D Jayaratne

Chairman
Sri Jayawardenapura General Hospital (Ex-Officio)

Dr. Kanishka Indraratne

Consultant Cardiac Anaesthetist

Dr. Mahendra Munasinghe

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr. Kumari Jayawardena

Author Social Worker

Lt. Gen. Jagath Dias (retd.)

Former Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army

Mr. Sudath Tennekoon

Chairman
Central Bearings (Pvt) Ltd.

Mr. Sunimal Fernando

Senior Sociologist

Deshamanya Ajita De Zoysa

Philanthropist, Chairman of Kalutara Bodhi Trust and Musaeus College

Mr. Kumar Sangakkara

Captain Sri Lanka Cricket 2009-2011 and President of the Marylebone Cricket Club(MCC)

Dr. Kumudini Ranatunga

Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist & Intensivist