AIDEX sports day: helping hand to Jaipur Foot Programme

The European Union will co-sponsor the AIDEX sports day on October 26 at the Reid Avenue Grounds, Colombo 7. This event is being held for the third consecutive year.

AIDEX is the annual sports festival organised by the Colombo Friend-in-Need Society, one of the oldest charitable organisations in Sri Lanka that supplies limbs for amputees throughout the island, free of charge under the Jaipur Foot Programme. AIDEX is part of the rehabilitation programme for the disabled using Jaipur limbs and wheelchairs.

Limb users island-wide are encouraged to participate in this event and children as young as 8-10 years and elders over 70 years participate enthusiastically. This year 325 participants will compete in 53 events including track and field, cycling and archery.

CFNS donates 750 - 900 limbs on an annual basis and since 1985 has donated over 20,000 limbs to accident, conflict-affected and other victims. They also provide free hostel and meal facilities to 30 persons visiting their clinics for rehabilitation.

The public are invited to attend the sports day to show their support towards the participants.

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