DFCC Bank, National Eye Bank conduct eye donation campaign

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By 2018-01-24

DFCC Bank became the first bank in Sri Lanka to partner with the National Eye Bank (NEB) in conducting a successful Eye Donation Campaign, which resulted in 300 donors, comprising DFCC staff and the general public, pledging their eyes to the cause of alleviating corneal blindness, according to a press release. The National Eye Bank of Sri Lanka is affiliated with the Asia Cornea Society (ACS), the Association of Eye Banks of Asia (AEBA) and SightLife USA. NEB plays a major role in eliminating cornea blindness in Sri Lanka. NEB harvests more than 1,500 corneas per year and uses around 93% of them for transplants, providing corneas for Sri Lankans free-of-charge through its collection centers in Colombo, Kandy and Kurunegala. NEB's staff is trained by the Singapore National Eye Centre, the release added.

DFCC CEO Lakshman Silva said, "We continually encourage all our stakeholders, including customers, employees and service providers, to adopt socially responsible practices. We felt that by partnering with NEB on this initiative, DFCC Bank could set the ideal example of undertaking CSR projects that have tangible impact. Corneal blindness is an urgent problem in Sri Lanka and I am pleased to say that we were able to secure 300 donors through this campaign. There can be no greater legacy than to save a life or eyesight. We are grateful to all the donors for their generous pledge."

DFCC Bank PLC offers an array of seamless banking solutions, including Savings and Deposit products. The bank has been rapidly growing its footprint across the country with a network of 138 branches and service points. Now connected to the LankaPay Common ATM Switch, accountholders can access over 4,000 ATMs island-wide and perform zero cost cash withdrawals and balance inquiries via connected banks, the release concluded.

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