24 October2022 – Colombo, Sri Lanka
Former Cricket Legend,Deshabandu Aravinda de Silva and his wife, Mrs Anushkade Silva celebrated the evening of 24 October2022 with SadguruSri Madhusudan Sai – a visionary, humanitarian, social and spiritual leader from India, who is spearheading a unique global mission of providingeducation, healthcare, and nutrition completely free of cost to severalthousands of childrenin India and in about 33 countries around the world, inthe spirit of One World One Family.
An Evening Divine, the event celebrated the spirit of service that is glowing like flame through the service activities carried out by the Sri Sathya Sai Karuna Nilayam Foundation that was established by Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai in Sri Lanka in February 2016. The Sri Sathya Sai Karunalayam Medical Centre which was established at Batticaloa has served about 16,000 rural patients with high- quality and reliable treatment, till date, absolutely free of cost.
Furthermore, a completely free of cost, state-of-the-art super-speciality hospital – Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital was inaugurated by Mr Aravinda de Silva in the presence of Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai on 09 August 2022. The hospital in Batticaloa will compliment and to add on to the government’s wonderful universal healthcare coverage to all citizens, and also assist the great work already being carried out by Lady Ridgeway Hospital.
Six children who were saved from congenital heart anomalies at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital were given away the Gift of Life certificate by Mr Aravinda de Silva and Mrs Anushka de Silva. Some of the children were referred by Lady Ridgeway Hospital for surgery. The Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital joining hands with the Lady Ridgeway Hospital shall definitely shorten waiting lists and save the lives of more children who need immediate cardiaccare.
Mr Sunil Gavaskar, Former International Indian Cricketer had virtually joined the event from Australiato share his long-standing comradeship with the Sanjeevani Hospitals and with Mr Aravinda de Silva. Mr Gavaskar is a passionate patron of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals in India and has been passionately spreading awareness for congenital heart defects.
A chat show between Mr Aravinda de Silva and Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai was the highlight of the evening, where the legendary cricketer posed many questions on the free initiatives in the fields of nutrition, education and healthcare.