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* Sri Lankan and South African cricketers raise funds for the Sri Lanka Visually Handicapped XI
Wed, Jul 23, 2014, 01:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 23, Colombo: Standard Chartered joins hands with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to continue its efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Sri Lankan Visually Handicapped XI and its bid at this year's World Cup in South Africa in November.

The money-can't-buy experience fund raising activity was held at Taj Samudra, Colombo on 21st July which provided a meet and greet opportunity for avid fans and the chance to bid for memorabilia at an exclusive event attended by members of both the South Africa and Sri Lanka teams.

Sri Lanka national captain Angelo Mathews presented the Sri Lanka Visually Handicapped XI a cheque for Rs. 925,000 on Tuesday.

Sanjeewani de Silva, Head of Corporate Affairs/Brand & Marketing, Standard Chartered speaking of the Bank's support of the Sri Lankan Visually Handicapped XI said Standard Chartered has already contributed USD 1 million towards the national Vision 2020 Secretariat's efforts to address avoidable blindness by funding eye screenings, spectacles distributions, cataract surgeries and other similar activities for young and old.

"But we thought that our Seeing is Believing global initiative which has raised over USD 32 million to date could also focus a light on a very creditable effort by some very determined and talented sportsmen," she said.

"This is an additional dimension to international cricket tours and both teams are looking forward to participating in all the planned events. We are very optimistic that there will be genuine interest and participation, not just for the great opportunities the events themselves provide, but also for the chance for us all to support our national visually handicapped team as they strive for this accolade. They recently trounced the touring Australian Visually Handicapped XI in a five match (40 overs) series with a compelling 4-0 series win over the tourists. The team has high hopes for the World Cup in South Africa and we hope to raise funds to make their dream a reality," Carlton Bernardus, SLC Head of Cricket Operations said.

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