Aranyani, a local animal welfare trust, to which the funds raised by UPFA western provincial councillor Malsha Kumaratunga’s Ice Bucket challenge were to be donated, has declined the donation.
In a statement on their decision to refrain from accepting the donation, the Aranyani Executive Committee has said the funds were declined on ethical grounds. The organisation pointed out that the Ice Bucket Challenge was initiated to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association (a US-based charity committed to fighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), it believed it was unethical to detract from the actual cause the challenge was conceptualized for, despite the absence of an ALS Foundation in Sri Lanka.
“Aranyani does not feel comfortable accepting a donation from a fundraising activity that is specifically meant to raise awareness for another very worthy cause even though we are in need and do accept donations, fosters and assistance,” the organisation said adding that they were extremely appreciative of the gesture. Meanwhile, when contacted Ms. Kumaratunga, she acknowledged that she had been notified by Aranyani about its decision to decline the funds raised by her through the Ice Bucket Challenge.
“I will be donating the funds to another local charity but I am still undecided – I am thinking of either contributing it to drought victims or another animal welfare organisation because I am keen to donate the funds to a local organisation,” she added.
Malsha Kumaratunga had uploaded a video to her Facebook fan page on partaking in the Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister Mervyn Silva and Western provincial councillor Hirunika Premachandra to take up the challenge in keeping with the terms of the challenge.(Lakna Paranamanna)
Comments - 21
haridaha Saturday, 23 August 2014 12:55 PM
The media should be blamed for giving prominence to individuals crazy and accentric ideas in Sri Lanka, Just because ex President George Bush"went under his daughters ice bucket, that doesn"'t mean we have to follow in their footsteps.Sri Lankans have already kicked the bucket and hit the bucket and the last thing we wanted was the ice bucket and we have got it too. No wonder even the animal shelter has refused to accept the proceeds from this event.By the way who is this crazy Malsha?
Donald Ducky Saturday, 23 August 2014 07:25 AM
Typical politician, no brains!
Tharaka Chanaka Saturday, 23 August 2014 07:26 AM
boomerang Saturday, 23 August 2014 07:47 AM
Hey donate it to Si Lanka Parliament.. all wild Animals are currently there only
ANTON Saturday, 23 August 2014 04:04 AM
FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY , A JUNIOR SRILANKAN POLITICIAN INITIATED SOMETHING VERY USEFUL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH MALSHA, GOD BLESS YOU.
pradeep Saturday, 23 August 2014 04:04 AM
Politician has become jokers, media don't understand what should be published .. we are in a big mess.
Gayan Saturday, 23 August 2014 04:26 AM
A very good decision!
manoj Sunday, 24 August 2014 06:40 AM
The best way is cut down all politician benefits... it will make better society as well good culture for political system in SL.
Or You political can donate part of your salary .... thats how you can create example to people not coping things from west ... or come up with your own idea .....
mnsmart Saturday, 23 August 2014 04:43 AM
bathe the poiliticians with water from gange river to purify them
kithudugama Saturday, 23 August 2014 05:16 AM
Mathu Saturday, 23 August 2014 05:40 AM
Any think the west is do, we copied immidiately.Stupid people.
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 23 August 2014 10:01 AM
What a bucket ! Couldn't she think of something more practical in the context of our country other than this crazy "ice Baaldiya". Anyway, we all know the brain capacity of our politicians.
Sylvia Haik Saturday, 23 August 2014 10:53 AM
I applaud Aranyani for their ethics. It would be ironic if this silly politician donated to drought victims after wasting a bucket of water for her publicity stunt.
Jeeze Saturday, 23 August 2014 11:51 AM
Didnt this Malasha have any other way of collecting money for charity Politicians run short of ideas very soon I guess. via DM Android App
Waco Saturday, 23 August 2014 06:40 AM
Sent the money to US. If not it amounts to cheating. Poor TAX Payer's money to do stupid things.
Facepalm Saturday, 23 August 2014 06:43 AM
CITIZEN Monday, 25 August 2014 08:54 AM
This is exactly what we have been doing since independence
gerge Saturday, 23 August 2014 07:01 AM
What a stupid way to collect money. Better dip their heads and drown - a better service to humanity!