Sirio does massive CSR program
Sirio, a leading garment manufacturing and exporting company in Badalgama engaged in a massive CSR program. The company in a single day visited 28 Children’s and Elders’ homes in the Western and North Western provinces to provide the inmates with their requirements and entertainment.
The initiative was taken and the program was spearheaded by Sirio Ltd. CEO Felix Fernando. The company selected 20 Children’s Homes and eight Elders’ Homes in Gampaha, Puttlam and Kurunegala districts and looked into the requirements of those places prior to launching the program. Sirio’s employees volunteered to do the surveys and to provide labour.
On requests made by the personnel of selected places; dry ration, sweets, clothing, children’s clothing, bed sheets, stationary, school books, medicine, water filters, reading material, toys, photo-copying machines, steel cupboards, umbrellas, cleaning material, gas cookers, perfume and cash were donated to them by Sirio Ltd.
In addition heeding to requests of two Elders’ Homes the company organised pilgrimages to Thalawila St. Anthony’s Church. Further employees of Sirio company colour washed premises of these needy people and cleaned their gardens let alone washing their linen. The significance was to see the motivation of employees of the company to actively associate in this endeavour.
1,200 odd employees of Sirio as teams engaged in this noble cause. They spent all-day-long with the inmates of the Children’s and Elders’ homes and offered them gifts purchased from their own money. Sirio Company provided lunch and tea for all the inmates.
Sirio Ltd. Maintenance Engineer Manju Abeydheera who lead the Sirio team at the CSR program speaking of this just cause said the employees of the company dedicated themselves to find the locations and to launch the program. “Some of these places were in the vicinities where our employees live. The feedback they have derived when visiting these places is touching. Inmates of these Children’s and Elders’ homes have said donators often vanish soon after making their donations.
“They have told our employees what they need most is companionship and togetherness. Thus we kept aside all our other work and spent the whole day with these innocent people. Our employees entertained them with music and singing and they too joined us. It was really enjoyable yet touching. Once we left in the evening we could see their eyes moisten with tears. Thus we decided to visit them every weekend as teams to be with them,” said Abeydheera.
A content Felix Fernando said, “This was the outcome we expected from this CSR program. In the process we nurtured team-spirit within our employees and their willingness to help the needy people in the society.”
Badalgama Sirio Ltd. is affiliated to Calzedonia Group in the Verona City in Italy. Calzedonia is a leading company in the world that engages in manufacturing lingerie, socks, stockings, bathing suits and fabric colouring. Three local companies are affiliated to Calzedonia Company. They are Omega Line (Sandalankawa and Vavunia), Benji (Bingiriya), Alpha Apparels (Polgahawela) and Sirio (Badalgama). The strength of the workforce in these local companies is over 13,000.