Hayleys Aviation and Travels (HAT) commenced the first phase in a long term plan to renovate and maintain the Pediatric Chemotherapy Unit of the Apeksha Hospital in Maharagama, starting with refurbishments to facilities available for children under observation at the premises.
The Aviation and Travel arm, which is a key business vertical of the Hayleys Advantis Group , Sri Lanka’s leading logistics provider, will continue and expand this project under the ‘HAT with Flowers’ programme, leveraging internally generated funds from the company and voluntary contributions from employees.
“Even though Sri Lankans have access to free health care, some of the facilities available at local centres are in dire need of renovation or need to be upgraded. Therefore it was a real honour for all of us at Hayleys Aviation and Travel to get involved with upgrading facilities for these young patients. Our dedicated team of employees has rallied behind this worthy cause and we hope to further develop the facilities at this Pediatric unit moving forward, in order that young patients will have as much comfort as possible while under observation,” Hayleys Aviation and Travels Director/Chief Executive Officer, Gerard Victoria said.
The project will begin with the replacement of two old air conditioning and water filter units available at the chemotherapy unit. The initiative will also see the installation of a brand new satellite connection for their television, which is to be maintained by HAT.
The ward identified by HAT for renovation is used by approximately 900 children and parents per month with 12-15 children being housed per day. HAT aims to provide a comfortable recovery area for children who have undergone treatment at the Apeksha Hospital. HAT plans to fully maintain the ward whilst making further arrangements to purchase much needed medicine for the children.
Hayleys Aviation provides General Sales Agency Services, representing some of the world’s premier Passenger and Cargo Airlines in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The company also maintains a presence at the Colombo International Airport through ‘Hayleys Airport Services’ which offers terminal and cargo handling services for international airlines operating to Colombo. The Travel Agency arm of HAT, Hayleys Travels is an IATA accredited Travel Agency with 35 years of experience and expertise in airline ticketing, visa consultancy, outbound holiday packages including fixed departure and pilgrimage tours, and other travel-related services.
Hayleys Advantis Limited, holds the Transportation and Logistics interests of the Hayleys Group, a premier blue-chip multinational conglomerate, recognized as the No. 1 listed company in Sri Lanka. Counting over 60 years of industry experience and expertise in Sri Lanka, Hayleys Advantis is a pioneer in local shipping and freight forwarding operations, providing comprehensive end-to-end logistics solutions for air, land and sea.
Established in 1878 by Chas. P. Hayley as a trading house in Galle specializing in import and export, the Hayleys Group has since grown to serve as a centrepiece of the Sri Lankan economy while maintaining a global presence of manufacturing and marketing offices across 5 regions with business interests spanning a total of 16 sectors. Today it stands out as one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent success stories, having been the first listed Sri Lankan corporate to surpass US$ 1billion in revenue and accounting for 3.3% of the nation’s total export earnings.