GP COLLECTS £100K FOR TSUNAMI HOSPITAL
(3 February 2006)
Tushara Wickramanayaka (Tush Wick), a Sri Lankan born General Practitioner
working in Milton Keynes, today (3 Feb 2006) collected a cheque
for £10,000 from Mayor of Barnet, Andreas Tambourides. At
a special presentation ceremony hosted by Barnet Council, Dr Wick
outlined her plans for building a children's hospital in Kalutara,
Sri Lanka. The event was a culmination of Barnet's year long fund-raising
drive for the Tsunami appeal.
those attending Friday's presentation were the Mayor and Mayoress
Andreas Tambourides of Barnet, Councillor Victor Lyon, Councillor
Agnes Slocombe, Councillor Ansuya Sodha, a representative from the
High Commission of Sri Lanka, Mr Waheed from the High Commission
of the Maldives, ladies from the Sangham Centre in Burnt Oak, the
Barnet Asian Women's Association and Dr Tush Wick and her husband
Gary Cutter among others.
Wick's project, which started after the Tsunami struck on Boxing
Day 2004, will commence building next month. "After witnessing
the tragic events following the Tsunami earthquake" explained
Dr Wick, "we wanted to actively participate in the long-term
reconstruction efforts of Sri Lanka. An estimated 44,000 died from
the tidal wave in Sri Lanka. Nearly 20,000 of them are children.
Over a million left homeless and thousands of children orphaned.
We knew our lives would not be complete unless we helped them"
visiting her family in the Kalutara area just after the Tsunami
struck, Dr Wick returned to England determined to something. She
sold her Mercedes Benz and with the £17,000 proceeds helped
to set up The Children's Hospital Tsunami Appeal Fund (CHTAF). To
date, the charity has raised just over £100,000.
is the smallest registered charity that has, to date, undertaken
the largest project in tsunami stricken Sri Lanka. It is committed
and dedicated to the relief of sickness and the preservation of
health among children in Sri Lanka. The plan is to build a modern
300-bed hospital with ancillary facilities built on 3 acres within
the grounds of the existing hospital at Kalutara.
hospital will provide counselling and psychological support for
the victims of tsunami and other children of the region. It will
focus on orthopaedics and rehabilitation for the victims of tsunami
and civil war (amputees, etc.) and will provide general medical
care for all future generations of Sri Lanka. It is estimated that
patient numbers will increase by five fold with extended area of
referral across Southeast coast of Sri Lanka -an estimated 100,000
children will be seen in the Accident and Emergency Department and
75,000 in the Out-Patient Department.
Wick thanked Barnet Council and highlighted that an "entire
generation is missing in Sri Lanka". Among those lost were
two children from the Holly Park School in Barnet. The monies collected
by the borough will go towards the £3.25million required to
complete the project.
wishing to donate funds should visit www.chtaf.org