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Ride for Ceylon

A charity cycle ride through the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka, raising funds for the war-torn Manipay Green Hospital and creating a new Paediatric and Cardiology Ward. Take a ride through paradise and be part of the adventure…


Friends of Manipay Hospital

The Friends of Manipay Hospital is a charitable institution supporting the work and maintenance of the Manipay Green Hospital. With a clear emphasis on patient care, it ensures that every rupee, pound, dollar or euro donated serves the medical needs of the local community.


Green Memorial Hospital

A historic and proud legacy

The Green Memorial Hospital is a medical landmark and national treasure. Founded in 1847 by Dr Samuel Fiske Green of New York, it was the first mission hospital on the island of Ceylon, and remains one of the oldest teaching hospitals in Asia. Ride4Ceylon cycles to continue the Hospital’s long legacy of hope for generations to come.


Green Memorial Hospital

Ambassador

Russel Arnold

Former Sri Lankan Cricketer
&
Sky Commentator

Official Partner

Ambassador

Dan Norton

England Rugby 7's
&
Olympic Silver Medallist

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Ride4Ceylon began in 2017 as RidersforCharity, a sponsored charity cycle ride through Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), the tear drop shaped island at the foot of India.

The brainchild of a group of Old Boys of St Thomas’ College in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the charity aims to rebuild lives and communities devastated by three decades of civil war. Passionate to make a contribution to Sri Lanka’s future, the Old Boys with friends around the world, were inspired to redevelop and expand the historic Manipay Green Hospital, in the war-gutted region of Jaffna. And so, the idea of a 400km charity cycle ride from the capital city of Colombo to Jaffna was born.

The Manipay Green Hospital had long served the local community of Jaffna, located in the far north of the island. Thirty years of civil war had broken the region’s facilities, community and lives, leaving shattered pieces of a once-thriving region. The chance to rebuild the hospital and expand its services offered a compelling cause, both to meet a real need and revive a community rent physically and emotionally by war.

We opted for a cycle ride as a visible and practical means to raise awareness, funds and momentum for the hospital; symbolically, it represents so much more. Riding across the scars of this troubled land, from its southern capital city to its war-devastated north, the ride signifies a coast-to-coast process of healing, unity and hope for broken communities and their descendents.

The inaugural ride took place in February 2017, comprising 6 riders, followed by the February 2018 ride of 25 riders, comprising Old Boys with international friends. Together, 2017 and 2018 rides raised some £70, 000 for the hospital, resulting in direct benefits:

· The 2017 ride supported neuro rehabilitation services and the renovation of nurses’ living quarters.
· In 2018, donations included support for drug rehabilitation and £10, 000 of cash and goods towards the construction of a new Gabriella Rasiah Paediatric and Cardiology ward, in memory of rider David Rasiah’s daughter, who died tragically at aged 17 in July 2017.

The fruit of the 2017 and 2018 Rides for Manipay have enabled work to commence on the redevelopment of the main hospital and the creation of the new Paediatric and Cardiology Ward.

With work now underway, 2019 presents a new phase for our story, and so the right time to refocus and relaunch as Ride4Ceylon. The 2019 ride will take place from 27 February to 2 March 2019, and is expected to involve some 30 riders. Donations will be focused on the Paediatric and Cardiology Ward, a digital upgrade of the x-ray machinery, the general maintenance and upkeep of the hospital.

Led by a Committee of Nishan Wickramaratna, Michael Arnold, Sriomal De Silva and David Rasiah, and supported by trustees Dr. Jayantha Arnold and Anandan Arnold, the team will run annual cycle rides from late February to early March and are always keen to hear from supporters, volunteers and riders.

We’d welcome your support, whatever your interest or contribution and wherever you are. If you’d like to be involved either as a rider, donator or campaigner – or simply to find out more – do get in touch at: ride4ceylon@gmail.com.

Why not come along for the ride and help to return Sri Lanka to paradise…

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The Jaffna Peninsula lies in the far north of Sri Lanka (Ceylon), connected to the mainland by a fragile strip of land. A beautiful region of red earth, white sandy beaches, swaying coconut, palmyrah trees and lively communities had been decimated by the island’s thirty year civil war, provoking a mass Jaffna diaspora overseas. So when the Boxing Day Asian tsunami hit Jaffna in 2004, it seemed one final, fatal blow.

Yet from the sad story of war and migration, rose a flicker of hope from the diaspora community. Anandan Arnold had migrated to England in 1983 at the outbreak of civil war. Television reporting of the 2004 tsunami sparked a desire to return home; but he was broken by what he was to encounter.

Vivid childhood memories of a leafy, peaceful Manipay, with carefree days spent playing in the Manipay Green Hospital Gardens, were shot through with a new reality of barrenness and devastation. A medical landmark lay in ruins, its clinical services dormant.

Upon his return to England, Anandan recounted stories of loss and desperation to the diaspora community. It was a call to arms that could not be ignored.

And thus, the ‘Friends of Manipay’ charitable trust was formed, to raise funds to rebuild and develop the hospital.


The story so far...
As war ended and peace returned to the Peninsula, the hospital redevelopment project began:

· A £1000 donation from the family of the late Emmanuel Lewis, whose navy career took him to Sri Lanka during World War II, was used to repaint buildings and recommence clinical care. It also provided training for nurses in India.
· Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Preman Jeyaratnam of Stoke-on-Trent, England, gave up a year to volunteer at the Hospital, serving as Medical Director and overseeing the recommencement of clinical services.
· Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Michael Beverley from Richmond-upon-Thames, then based at Ealing Hospital in London, also volunteered his services as a consultant in 2012.

There is of course so much more to this story, both past and what can be achieved in the future. Do help us write the next chapter.