A Sri Lankan non-profit organization based in the Washington D.C. area is a step closer in its bid to receive a donation of US$ 1 million from Chase Bank's Chase Community Giving Program. The charity, Educate Lanka Foundation, Inc., has already won US$ 25,000 having competed with more than 500,000 other U.S.-based charities in the first round of the competition.
As a result of this achievement, Educate Lanka Foundation has now been presented with an even greater opportunity to win a US$1 Million Donation from Chase Bank. For Educate Lanka to achieve this donation, it needs to collect the most votes during the week-long online voting initiative that will take place Jan. 15 to Jan. 22, 2010 on Facebook.
“Sri Lankans can help Educate Lanka achieve this esteemed recognition and the important donation by casting their votes for Educate Lanka Foundation through their Facebook profiles,” said Manjula Dissanayake, president of the organization. “It is a unique opportunity for Sri Lankans all over the world to help disadvantaged students in Sri Lanka get a good education,” he said.
Votes can be cast online by visiting www.educatelanka.org/vote.
Educate Lanka Foundation, Inc. was set up in 2006 with the mission of empowering underprivileged students in Sri Lanka to achieve a quality education.
The Foundation operates on a 100% voluntary effort by a group of young Sri Lankan expatriates residing in the United States. Educate Lanka currently provides its scholarships to about 200 deserving students from all age groups and all ethnicities throughout Sri Lanka.
It presently contributes over $25,000 annually for these scholarships. With a donation of US$1 million, Educate Lanka is confident of expanding its efforts by providing scholarships to thousands of more deserving students and undertaking educational infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka. With such a large donation, the Foundation could also expand its scholarship model to other developing countries. Reaching this goal would require a major effort by Sri Lankans and well wishers of Educate Lanka all over the world, voting for Educate Lanka online. “We invite all Sri Lankans and all those interested in empowering young people with education to vote for Educate Lanka and be a part of this unique humanitarian endeavor,” Dissanayake added.
For more information on Educate Lanka Foundation and its efforts,
please contact: Manjula Dissanayake, President MDissanayake@educatelanka.org
Charitha Dumbarange, Media Contact in Sri Lanka 0777-650-234, CDumbarange@educatelanka.org
Educate Lanka Foundation, Inc. www.educatelanka.org
On YouTube: Vote for Educate Lanka Foundation - Chase Charity Competition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU9V26WIp58
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