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Celebrating arts and talents in Sri Lanka

March 2017 │ Sri Lanka

Deutsche Bank Colombo Branch supports “Sahan Eliya”, an annual arts and talent competition for people with intellectual disabilities.

The “Sahan Eliya” competition is a platform for intellectually disabled people to display their talents through performances. To prepare for the performances, participants enjoy the rare opportunity to work with people with similar challenges. The event marks and celebrates their achievements, most directly through the applause from hundreds of people in the audience. This year, Rohan Rodrigo, Deutsche Bank Colombo’s Chief Country Officer attended as the Chief Guest.

Approximately 400 participants gave heartwarming performances during the event, the large majority of whom were children. Past years’ events have helped nurture and develop participants, and most  importantly, helped them to feel part of society.

Ceylon Association for the Mentally Retarded (CAMR) organised the event with support from the Deutsche Bank Colombo Corporate Social Responsibility team. During his speech, Rodrigo highlighted the bank’s efforts to build an inclusive society and thanked CAMR for the opportunity to contribute towards this worthy cause. Deutsche Bank volunteers also attended to witness the touching performances.

The bank has worked with CAMR, a national-level non-governmental organisation, for the last three years. The organisation started in 1971 to care for people with intellectual disabilities, and its members includes more than 60 affiliated institutions all over the island.

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