Ensuring a Safe Pilgrimage
By Sanuj Hathurusinghe
St. John Ambulance Sri Lanka has been busy these days. Their social service of disinfecting public places is gaining much traction and support from generous donors. Funded by the donations and encouraged by the support and attention they are getting St. John Ambulance Sri Lanka successfully completed yet another public places disinfection project. This time around, their attention was on the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. With Unduvap Poya, the annual Sri Pada pilgrimage kicks off and the volunteers of St. John Ambulance Sri Lanka took measures to ensure a safe and clean climb for all pilgrims making the arduous task of climbing Sri Pada this season. They disinfected the Hatton-Nallathanniya, Sri Pada route, from Nallathanniya Police Station all the way to Sri Pada terrace, covering all the public places and places of worship along the way.
Much to the delight of devotees, the disinfection project was carried out just in time for the annual Sri Pada procession. Their latest disinfection project marked yet another disinfection of a religious place after the Ratnapura Maha Saman Devala disinfection and the project of 15 churches along the Colombo-Negombo main road – including the Archbishops House in Borella and St. Sebastian Church in Katuwapitiya.
Staying true to their motto; Pro Utilitate Hominum (In Service of Humanity) St. John Ambulance Sri Lanka will continue to do the best they can to ensure the country is clean, protected, and disinfected in this time of need. The volunteer-based, social-service, and non-government organisation appreciates all the generous donations and volunteers they can get. You can also support their cause by donating and volunteering.
(Pix by Kelum Chamara)