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For selfless Covid-19 health workers

Sri Lanka’s first ever telethon

Inspired by the exemplary methods deployed by the Government, with the collaboration of the Health Sector, the Security Forces and the Police Department to combat Covid-19, the concept of Arise Sri Lanka was born.

This novel event will be presented on August 29 at the Nelum Pokuna in the form of a Telethon to raise funds exclusively for the dedicated health workers who are doing their utmost to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

A brainchild of Richard de Zoysa, Chairman, Elite Promotions & Entertainment who relentlessly pursued obtaining the necessary approval, this unique event is one that will be unprecedented in scope. de Zoysa’s perseverance eventually paid off when Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director General Health Services finally granted permission for an outdoor event with just 100 attendees, thus adhering strictly to stipulated health guidelines.

The show produced and directed by de Zoysa will be headlined by the X’Periments and Mirage who will back the cream of western musicians taking to stage on August 29.

Sahan Gunawardene will raise the curtain with his inimitable rendition of Ratata Waasana Wewa. Mahindhakumar will sing a Tamil hit while Sohan will mesmerise the audience with a pulsating ‘Baila’ session.

de Zoysa has also requested the legendary artistes to compose a world class hit, especially for the occasion titled, ‘A new world .’ It is composed by Noeline Honter with Sohan’s assistance, and music by Melantha. They are on course to catch the attention of the world as Arise Sri Lanka will be live streamed to the entire world.

The show will be punctuated with scenic visuals of Sri Lanka, but will also showcase to the world how Sri Lanka with its limited resources has rallied together to contain the pandemic far ahead of the more affluent nations. Arise Sri Lanka will showcase to the world our manifold tourist attractions, highlight our musicians and show the world how we countered and contained Covid-19.

The local offices of the WHO have offered their help with guidelines and other relevant information.

The organisers of Arise Sri Lanka have requested the Ministry of Health to open a designated bank account to facilitate donor deposits and income received through SMS pledges. de Zoysa envisions a huge inflow of funds as aid, in the event the print and electronic media intensifies the awareness of this novel fundraiser . With the vast volume of SIM cards dispensed by the mobile network providers, a mere donation of Rs 10 will amass a phenomenal collection.

Sohan’s and Donald’s bands will back legends in the music industry such as Rajitha of Misty , Ranil of Black , Noeline who will also compere the Telethon together with Sohan , Rukshan and Melantha Perera, Mariazelle, Sherriden , Umara, Damien, Kevin and Corrine Almeida , Marlon, and Bonny.

Richard will take this opportunity to present the next generation of stars, namely Trehelle, Shiyam and Sharmistar , Ishini Fonseka and April Shockman.

He is attempting an international link with Global Citizens to propel Arise Sri Lanka worldwide as it works in partnership with the NGO sector and corporate sponsors to deliver audience and value in impactful ways.

The movement’s unique ability to mobilise mass audiences will give Arise Sri Lanka a much needed shot in the arm.