Worthy Cause

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

The local business community is joining country musicians from two continents next month, to raise funds for three-rural schools in Hambantota.
Back in a new lquote wild west format, Sri Lankas longest-running country and folk music concert hopes to raise Rs. 250,000 to build a reading room/library facility in three selected schools.rn

rnThe Sunday Times Business Club joins the project, agreeing to underwrite the whole concert to ensure the targets are met.rn

rnldblquote This is probably the first time a concert has been underwritten,
dblquote says Feizal Samath, President of the Country Music Foundation (CMF).rn

rnThe lquote Country Road show has collected over a million rupees through 12 concerts over a 15-year period.rn

rnThe entire proceeds are channelled through the UNICEF, to fund simple but crucial projects like drinking water and pre-school buildings. rn

rnIn UNICEFs annals says Samath, CMF is the only music organisation in this part of the world that dedicates all its proceeds to UN