Details of Sri Lanka’s first ever Telethon in aid of the frontline health workers who are relentlessly battling to contain Covid 19, was presented to the media at Galadari Hotel recently.
Welcoming the well attended gathering, Richard de Zoysa who is the architect of the event, outlined the manner in which the government together with the armed services, the medical and health officials combined to control the pandemic. He said that their exemplary actions deserved global recognition and he was determined to create an avenue where not only all Sri Lankans but the rest of the world would be made aware of how governments could face a crisis of this nature by being decisive and resolute.
“ARISE SRI LANKA a Telethon , would be telecast and live streamed to the whole world in order to portray our success in combating Covid 19”. De Zoysa stressed the fact that without the dedicated support of his core team comprising Sohan Weerasinghe , Benjy Ranabahu , Ivan Alvis together with Noeline Honter and anchored by Thushi Weerasinghe, this project would have been an uphill task.
The Primary individual sponsor of this extravagant musical entertainment is Dr. Walter Jasinghe the renowned , iconic personality who resides in California. De Zoysa made special mention of his generous contribution which lessened his burden of bearing the costs. A few other close friends in the corporate sector have also come forward to support the event with noteworthy contributions.
The Telethon will be presented by Elite Promotions & Entertainment together with Real and Kiss FM along with Siyatha TV. X’Periments , Mirage and Aquarius will back the artistes who include Damien, Bonnie , Ranil Amirthiah , Bonnie of Crossroads , Rukshan and Melantha Perera, Umara, Corrinne Almeida , Shiyam and Shamistar , April Shockman , Jackie and Ishini Fonseka, Marlon , Shafi and Sherriden , Rajitha of Misty, Treshelle and Mariazelle will all perform at what will probably the best ever event to be held in Sri Lanka in appreciation of our real heroines and heroes.
One of the main purposes of bringing all this talent together was also to complement their
performances with images of how our frontline workers combated the pandemic and also to encourage foreign travelers to visit our country when our points of entry open up.
De Zoysa who is the Producer and Director of ARISE SRI LANKA is working together with the World Health Organization on this project.
Sohan and Noeline who will compere the concert which is limited to just 100 invitees, also performed at the Press Briefing along with up and coming performers April Shockman and Jackie.
The highlight of the Telethon will be a song composed very specially for this event by Noeline and Melantha.
“These efforts will come together in solidarity to fulfill one of the main objectives of this event which is to raise funds for the frontline health workers. This will be facilitated during the concert and thereafter for a period of 3 days where any person who wishes to contribute can do so .
In his vote of thanks De Zoysa acknowledged the Ministry of Defence, Covid 19 Prevention Center , DG Health Services , the officers at Nelum Pokuna as well as General Manager Galadari Hotel, Sampath Siriwardena.