Trail Sri Lanka 2016 (#TrailAsOne) has become the talk of the town during past weeks and it has turned out to be a truly a uniting point of all works of lives nestling as one nation for one blissful reason.
Trail is a 670km walk along the length of Sri Lanka in helping those fighting cancer and honoring them.
In simple terms, Trail 2016 aims to heighten cancer awareness also to raise five million US Dollars to build a cancer treatment facility at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle.
Trail an initiative of two honorable personalities, mr. Sarinda Unamboowe, & mr.Nathan Sivagananthan .For Sarinda, it was fulfilling a promise that he had made to walk the length of the country if 03 decade old crucial war that plagued Sri Lanka comes to an end, as a mark of his commitment for a peaceful country. For Nathan the cause was a dear one, having lost his sister to cancer.
Even though crowd-funding is fairly a new concept in Sri Lankan setting, it has been a well established, popular concept globally. However, a simple thought started in small scale, interestingly; could travel a long way with Trail Sri Lanka 2016 becoming the largest crowd-funding project in Sri Lanka raised almost 10 million rupees – with just tills!
Trail was set to cover 670 km over 28 consecutive days from October 6 to November 2, 2016 with two of Trail’s celebrity ambassadors, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene joining in hands with many other honorable Sri Lankans.
Walkers for Trail 2016 can walk the whole distance, join in part of the way or they become a virtual walker depending on their ability.
The ultimate goal of Trail 2016 which is to build a cancer treatment facility at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle is benefiting multi faceted. Karapitiya Teaching Hospital and the hospital is basically catering to a population of six million.
Innocent patients, not only from the Southern Districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota but also from far away areas of Badulla and Kalutara are coming to Karapitiya Teaching Hospital. One of the biggest obstacles faced by the said hospital is the overcrowding of all units.
The proposed building will give patients more ward space and other facilities including counseling rooms, rehabilitation and recreation facilities as well as new radiology and pathology.
The true generosity of the Sri Lankan coming from all walks of life was one of the most splendid aspects of that 670km journey of Trail SL 2016.
The generosity of people irrespective of their status or affordability was so delightful and much appreciated.
A Fishermen donating from his selling of day’s catch, small kids and school children donating their little pocket money, bus drivers donating as much as they could, a wayside banana seller and an old lady with her small cart of fruit, and innocent porters who barely make their day’s wage ,giving their best contribution were some of the common sights during Trail 2016.
With the support from everyone with great enthusiasm, has made Trail Sri Lanka 2016 so special and dreams coming true.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; walking together is success AND walking together for a noble purpose is the just priceless and excellence, and Trail 2016 has proved it very obviously.