Colombo, Sri Lanka – The Voice Walk was held in Colombo for the 3rd consecutive year on Saturday, 10th October 2015, to raise awareness about the crisis and implications on our future generation and society due to the unprecedented rise in the number of reported child abuse cases in the country. The campaign slogan ‘To be a Voice for the Voiceless’ is the vision of the Director of the Voice Foundation Senior Pastor Dishan De Silva of Bethany Christian Life Centre. “To be a better Sri Lanka, we first need to be better Sri Lankan’s, and the Voice Walk was a call for action to parents and adult citizens of our country to immediately take more responsibility to help protect and develop the children of Sri Lanka” commented Senior Pastor Dishan De Silva. “To raise awareness & bring Hope to the Hopeless and be the Voice for the Voiceless is the passion and mission that drives the Foundation” he continued.
The Voice Walk ceremony was graced by Hon. Minister Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure as Chief Guest, and the Ministry of Justice represented by Mr.Dasun Nagashena, Secretary to Hon. Justice Minister Dr.Wijedasa Rajapaksa. Key supporters of the Walk included the National Child Care Protection Authority (NCPA), Women’s and Child Care Bureau, Child Care Probation, Sri Lanka Police, Foundation of Goodness, CCC Foundation, Z Club of Colombo (an initiative of Zonta International) with volunteers from CIS, AIS, British School, Elizabeth Moir and other International Schools; the Lions Club of Gampaha Circle (District 306B2, Sri Lanka) and Lions Club of Biyagama.
Others included Pre-schools (Ziany, Emmanuel, Miracle Hands), Schools (College of World Education interact club, Lyceum college Christian society, Wesley college 1st XI cricket team), Orphanages, Lawyers, Doctors and cause-related activists, the Sri Lanka National Cricket team