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Sri Lanka’s only Non-Emergency Service for Terminally ill Patients

Jan 6, 2023
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Cyril Dharmawardana Foundation (CDF) is an Australian-based Non-Profit charity organization founded in 2013 in Sri Lanka by Binara Dharmawardana to provide transportation facilities for every single Cancer and other terminally ill patient at the time of their treatment. To enable a comfortable return and dignity without them getting exposed to infectious diseases when traveling on public transport. This is probably the only State of the art Non-Emergency Ambulance service dedicated to Cancer in the Developing World. 
This service is free of charge regardless of the patient’s travel distance. This facility currently operates in the Southern and North Central regions of Sri Lanka and in the main Cancer hospital in the Western Province of Colombo. With ongoing donor support, CDF plans to implement and extend this facility to other Cancer hospitals. CDF also contributes to a world leader in Cancer Research, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Australia to find a cure for Cancer.

When renowned actor and public personality in Sri Lanka Cyril Dharmawardana, the father of Binara Dharmawardana was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, he was grateful to receive the best care in Australia. Having witnessed the sad disparity of medical facilities in Sri Lanka, he envisaged providing a service that gave dignity and comfort to the terminally ill patient during pain and suffering. A facility that extended a helping hand to underprivileged communities experiencing financial hardship due to deep-rooted poverty. Within a year of Cyril Dharmawardana’s sad passing in November 2013, his vision became a reality by initiating and creating the Cyril Dharmawardana Foundation.

Binara Dharmawardana and his CDF team had the privilege of attending the Royal Flying Doctor Service annual Gala event attended by elite philanthropists in Australia. Outstanding contributors to CDF in 2022 were invited to attend this event with some board members and a few executive committees. A magnificent event attended by the stars of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Television series & other dignitaries.

CDF’s dedication is an accomplishment of an initiative that fulfills a fundamental necessity for those in need. The absolute privilege of realization and contentment of making a difference in peo­ple lives is made possible by the founder Binara Dharmawardana who has given back so much to the Sri Lankan community and has created a positive change through his work over the years.

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