Lanka ORIX Finance PLC (LOFC) celebrated Universal Children’s Day on the 1st of October, reiterating its commitment to looking into the wellbeing of children. Activities held on this day were aimed at creating awareness and instilling the practice of saving and financial planning through minor savings brands, ORIX Champ and Al-Falaah Junior.
Commemorating this significant day, LOFC opened a new Student Savings Centre (SSC) at the D.S. Senanayake Model Primary School in Anuradhapura. The school has the distinguished identity of being South Asia’s largest primary school comprising of 4,690 students from Grade 1-5. This is the latest SSC opened following in the footsteps of the centres opened at Royal College (Primary School) in Polonnaruwa and Fathima Muslim Ladies College in Colombo 12.
A special ceremony was held at the school, at which Mr. Gamini Jayaweera, AGM – North & North Central Regions and a team of LOFC officials participated as Chief Guest and Special Invitees. Mr. Jayaweera together with the Principal of the school, Mr. Ajith Vaduge ceremonially opened the new SSC and handed-over ORIX Champ Minor Savings Accounts to some of the students.
In addition, the prize give-away for an Art Competition which was held at the school ahead of the main celebrations, also took place. Gifts sponsored by LOFC were given to 18 winners comprising top three winning students from each grade. Certificates were also presented to the 10 best paintings of each class, totaling to 560 winners. ORIX Champ branded educational gifts were also distributed whilst refreshments for the children were sponsored by the Company.
Similarly, Al-Falaah, the Islamic Business Unit of LOFC celebrated Universal Children’s Day at its SSC located at the Fathima Muslim Ladies College, Colombo 12. They distributed educational scholarships to 5 academically gifted students and in addition, Al-Falaah donated a much needed computer to the school.
A special event was organized by the school to commemorate Universal Children’s Day, at which Mr. Shiraz Refai, Chief Manager of Al-Falaah participated as Chief Guest, Mr. Romesh Perera, Branch Head of
LOFC’s Mt. Lavinia branch as Guest of Honor together with Officials of Al-Falaah. Special Invitees from the School’s Past Pupils’ Association and Parents were also present.
At a separate event held on the same day, the Savings Business Unit of LOFC in a joint initiative with the Channels Team and the LOLC CARE Committee of the LOLC Group, organized a special Children’s Day programme for the young occupants at the LOLC CARE Child Development Centre located in Madiwela, Kotte. Each child received an ORIX Champ Minor Savings Account with a start-up saving fund sponsored by the Company. In addition, they were educated about the significance of celebrating children’s day as well as about the merits of saving for the future. Gifts and refreshments sponsored by the Company were also distributed, making their day extra special.