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StanChart in “Music for a Cause” project

Staff of Standard Chartered Bank recently hosted a musical show titled “Music for a Cause” as part of efforts to raise funds for its Seeing is Believing (SiB) vision care programme.

The show, featuring popular Sri Lankan bands and solo artistes, was held at the Bishops College Auditorium and was a tremendous success with a full house comprising of Bank employees and their friends and families. The show was organized by the Group Tecnology and Operations team in Sri Lanka, and featured some performances from the Bank staff as well, the bank said.

The performers were the Gypsies with Sunil Perera and singers Ronnie Leach and Mariazelle Goonetilleke.

SiB is a partnership between Standard Chartered and the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and was initiated by the Bank’s staff in 2003. The program aims to eradicate curable blindness in the markets the bank operates in. Throughout the year, the bank’s employees involve themselves in initiatives to raise money for SiB, thereby providing over 20 free cataract operations per month and after care free of charge for less-privileged people.

Bank staff are also directly involved in Eye Testing Clinics for Kids. The bank recently established an exclusive Glaucoma Unit, the third of its kind in the Colombo District, at a cost of Rs 5 million to provide free testing for the needy.

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