Who we are and Reason for Fund Raising Hi my name is Kharesma Ravichandran. The Elizabeth Moir class of 2018 have set up this GoFundMe page to help the families that have lost their loved ones in the recent attacks in Sri Lanka. Our class, have so many memories in all these areas and are saddened by the loss of lives that have resulted from this unprecedented assault. Sri Lanka plays a pivotal role in our lives and will always significantly contribute to the people we are, as it was where we schooled and it gave us the best memories.
What happened On Easter Day, 8 bombs were detonated across Sri Lanka leading to several casualties and injuries. This included four well known hotels, one of which personally upsets me, as Cinnamon Grand was where I lived.
Who the funds will be spent on As all of us are at international universities, we thought the best way we can help our island is by setting a target of £8000 to be split amongst the families of the staff that were affected by the bomb in Cinnamon Grand. A few members of staff we personally knew, lost their lives on what they thought would be a regular day at work. These kind-hearted people were the main source of income for their families, and through this fund we aim to divide the £8000 equally amongst those affected, to help them rebuild and reintegrate their lives into the community.
How the money will be dispersed Due to the sensitivity of the current situation it’s very difficult for us to be in continuous touch with those in charge at the hotel , however , we have been told that there is a separate staff welfare trust fund. This is where all funds will be going. This will take time as admin needs to be organised. As this is a UK fundraising page and no one from Sri Lanka will be able to collect the money at present , I’ll be ensuring that the money raised WILL DIRECTLY GO TO THE CINNAMON GRAND STAFF ACCOUNT. All proof of funds going into the account will be photographed and posted on this page so that everyone who has donated are aware. Thank you for your patience x
Update 24/04/19 - I have direct contact with the Managing Director- Mr Rohan Karr and a member of the hotel’s accounts admin, Assistant Director of Sales - Mr Shavinda Jinadasa. They will help us with the distribution.
Sri Lanka has gone through approximately 30 years of civil war in the past, and more damage has claimed the lives of such wonderful people. It would mean the world to us if you could donate any amount, however the more the better as GoFundMe takes 4-5% in order to keep this platform running. Let’s try to reach our goal of £8000. Stay strong Sri Lanka. We love you.
Thank you in advance for your kind contribution x
- The Elizabeth Moir Batch of 2018
(Since this is all still very recent, we are awaiting more information , therefore, this page will be regularly updated)
UDATE : 5 cinnamon grand hotel staff have lost their lives.