December Updates (2016)


Earlier this month, the Shivan Foundation celebrated the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), held annually on the 3rd December around the world. Over a hundred children as well as staff, parents and careers joined founder Ganesh Velautham at the Foundation’s Kandy-Teldeniya centre. The festivities coincided the birthday of Ganesh’s son Soma Shivan Velautham, who would have turned 21 this year. Donations consisting of essential food and household items were made to those most in need.

The theme of this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”, a set of objectives aiming to improve the lives of millions by 2030, including through better education.

Sharing those objectives, the Shivan Foundation is urging its supporters around the world and especially in Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and Canada to donate to the Foundations’ social causes and help improve the livelihood of hundreds of disadvantaged young people through the means of sport and education. Donations as small as $1 / £1 can be made using all major debit and credit cards at www.shivanfoundation.org/donate and take no more than 60 seconds to complete (less time than it took you to read this article).

For example, earlier this month the Shivan Foundation made a donation of 100,000 rupees to Jaffna’s Vasavilan Central College in support of their girls weight lifting team who are currently aspiring to represent their country at an international level and turn their dreams into life-changing professional careers.

Finally, the Shivan Foundation wishes to thank all its supporters for their continuing support and wishes them a Happy New Year.

More information about the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities can be found here whilst the full list of 17 goals is available to view here.

Photographs of the 2016 IDPD in Kandy-Teldeniya

Remembering Shivan

Vasavilan Central College girls’ weight lifting team

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