3 December, 2022

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Jaffna Bishop Shattered As Cycle Charity Hoodwinks Donors And Pockets Manipay Hospital Funds

By Marlon Dale Ferreira –

The Bishop of Jaffna Rt.Rev. Daniel Thiagarajah, the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India’s chief overseer of the Green Memorial Hospital Manipay established in 1848, revealed that he is saddened and more so disappointed that funds raised and collected by the UK registered charity ‘Friends of Manipay Hospital’(FOMH) through its much publicized cycle rides conducted by ‘Riders4Charity’ in 2017 and 2018 and ‘Ride4Ceylon’ in 2019,2020,2021 and 2022 totaling over UK Sterling Pounds 200,000 was never received by them, despite being the intended recipient of the funds.

Bishop Rt. Rev. Daniel Thiagarajah

It is also alleged that various other donations made in cash and kind, collected in the name of Green Memorial Hospital too were never received.

Expressing his concerns as to how a Charity that was created by Bishop Rt.Rev. Subramaniam Jebanesan in 2004 and who himself named a quartet of Trustees based on pure trust to help restore the 174 year old historic Green Memorial Hospital (GMH) have allegedly embroiled themselves in hoodwinking donors and the hospital alike in a web of deceit.

It now appears that the trust placed in certain individuals by Bishop S. Jebanesan to help restore the historic hospital built to provide medical support to the public for free since 1948 by Dr.Samuel Green has got lost somewhere along the way.

This has not only ruined friendships between individuals fostered over the years, but also gone onto strain even the strong bonds shared between its very own family members who are currently fighting a legal battle in the UK.

Worse still, another legal battle is destined to be argued in courts between the Trustees and the Christian Clergy who are part of the Medical Board of JDCSI appointed to protect the interest of the Green Memorial Hospital.

Bishop Daniel Thiagarajah speaks

Speaking exclusively to Colombo Telegraph Bishop Thiagarajah said “The Management of GMH Manipay has on several occasions requested the charity ‘Friends of Manipay Hospital’ to furnish all financial records, receipts and deposit slips of monies collected from all the conducted rides since 2017, but they have been evasive in doing so.”

The workings of the Charity which was named by Bishop Jebanesan as ‘Friends of Manipay Hospital’, was subsequently registered in the UK, as a Charity fundraiser by its appointed Trustees namely Dr. Jayantha Arnold, his brother Anandan or (Arnie) Arnold, Bo Cyrus Selvajayan Mills and Dr. Richard (Kirupa) Arnold.

The mandate dating back to 2004 by the then Bishop Jebanesan was to help restore the aged Green Memorial Hospital and not for the Charity ‘Friends of Manipay Hospital’ to run projects, collect funds from donors and retain the monies themselves.

It is believed that funds collected are banked into an account named the Institute of Medical Sciences which has been created by Dr. Jayantha Arnold himself in 2012, where incidentally even one of his own fellow Trustees namely Dr. Richard (Kirupa) Arnold went on to claim that he had no idea of until 2022, which was ten years later.

Incidentally Dr. Richard (Kirupa) Arnold is listed as a Trustee in the Annual Reports of Friends of Manipay Hospital for the years 2017, 2018 and who is subsequently highlighted as resigned on the 18.11.2019 according Annual Reports made available to the Charity Commission of England and Wales.

However, when Dr. Richard (Kirupa) was contacted by Colombo Telegraph to seek clarification on this, he stated that he in fact had resigned as a Trustee in 2006 and has nothing to state further, regarding any dealings or decisions that have been made by the rest of the Trustees of the Charity Friends of Manipay Hospital.

Meanwhile, one of the other Trustees, Bo Cyrus Selvajayan Mills is also mentioned in the FOMH submitted Annual Report of 2020/ 2021, as Trustee who resigned on the 1st of July 2020.

An attempt to contact Trustee Bo Cyrus Selvarajan Mills to seek his clarification on this through email proved futile, as he has chosen not to respond as yet.

However, with two of the four Trustees out of the way, it leaves only the ‘Arnold Brothers’, Dr. Jayantha and Anandan, as the two key players running the affairs of the charity Friends of Manipay Hospital.

Speaking further Bishop Thiagarajah said “There is an appointed Management team that runs the affairs of the Hospital who decides on what restoration work needs to take place, when funds raised from charity events are donated to the hospital. The way things are happening now, the ‘Arnold Brothers’ hold onto all generated funds. It is true that they have completed a few projects within the hospital. But it is quite overbearing at times, as they seem to be making every effort to take control of the hospital. Who knows, their aim may be to even rename it as the ‘Arnold Memorial Hospital’ one day, that’s simply going by the way they are throwing their might around the hospital at present. This must stop. We have sought legal assistance to help us in this matter. We have considered severing all ties with them.”

“Cracks began to appear especially in the manner the Charity Friends of Manipay Hospital began doing things much against the original mandate that was laid out by Bishop Jebanesan.”

“For Instance, in 2012 Dr. Jayantha Arnold initiated a programme to assist with the training of nursing staff, which the Green Memorial Hospital has no direct involvement in whatsoever. He then created an Institute named the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS), which he claims to be the convener of and verbally and on emails claims to have created it under the Charity Friends of Manipay Hospital’s Banner. This is not true.” Said Bishop Thiagarajah.

However it is clearly evident that there is no mention of the Charity Friends of Manipay Hospital anywhere on the website of the Institute of Medical Sciences, besides its objective that states “Objectives of the Institute of Medical Sciences are to provide training that will enable students to work in hospitals, long- term care facilities and to produce intellectual and professionally competent medical professionals.”

“The Arnold Brothers have also gone on to rent space within the hospital to run their personal Institute of Medical Sciences’ operations by signing a rental contract with Dr. Rev. Solomons, who is the Chairman of the Green Memorial Hospital’s Medical Board. This is against our constitution and should never have taken place. The rental of any property within the GMH premises has got to be approved by the Bishop of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India (JDCSI).” lamented Bishop Thiagarajah.

Dr. Jayantha Arnold incidentally rented the buildings for an unbelievable low sum and for a period of ten years, with a clause stating that a five-year notice period needs to be provided if either party is to end this contract.

With that box ticked the ‘Arnold Brothers’ soon commenced muscling their way around the hospital by completing certain development projects within the hospital with the funds they have generated, that technically belongs to the GMH.

The Controversial Charity Rides

The cycle rides commenced initially in 2017 and were conducted by an independent group of cyclists made up of a group of old boys from S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia who reside in the UK. They were joined by many of their former classmates and friends who rode the entire journey from Colombo to Jaffna.

These independent rides were in fact the mere vehicle that the Charity FOMH used to generate funds for GMH.

One of the main organizer’s from among the cyclists in the UK was Michael Arnold, who is the brother of former Sri Lankan cricketer Russel Arnold.

However, after the first two rides in 2017 and 2018 the cyclists of the independent group Riders4Charity, decided to sever all ties with the Charity FOMH, as several disputes arose.

However perhaps not many donors or even the riders for that matter knew that the generated funds from the cycle rides were being retained by the Trustees of FOMH and were not handed over to the ride’s intended recipient, the Green Memorial Hospital.

One disappointed rider who took part in several of the charity rides speaking to Colombo Telegraph said “I didn’t have the foggiest idea that all the funds collected through our blood, sweat and tears for the Green Memorial Hospital was in fact being channeled into the bank account of the Institute of Medical Sciences. Furthermore, when we reached our final destination and cycled into the Green Memorial Hospital, never did we know that we were in fact riding to the Institute of Medical Sciences which is located inside the Green Memorial Hospital. It was a hogwash to be honest.”

After the first two rides in 2017 and 2018 were over, the birth of Ride4Ceylon was formed, when Michael Arnold registered its name and logo and the subsequent rides in 2019 and 2020 took place with a new set of riders making the ride from Colombo to Jaffna to raise funds in aid of the Green Memorial Hospital.

Shortly thereafter disputes arose yet again, when the FOMH ended up filing a case in the UK against Michael Arnold, claiming that the registration and logo of Ride4Ceylon belongs to them.

Green Memorial Hospital Informs charity to stop using their name to collect funds for 2022 ride

However, come 2022 and alarm bells soon began to ring just two months prior to the scheduled ‘Ride 4Ceylon’ ride, when the Green Memorial Hospital provided clear instructions to Dr. Jayantha Arnold that no funds were to be collected on behalf of the Green Memorial Hospital until clarification was made regarding the monies that had been collected over the years on behalf of the hospital.

Dr. Jayantha Arnold thereafter decided to inform David Rasiah (whom he considers as the engine that drives the Ride4Ceylon project) to in turn inform all the riders and donors alike, that the funds collected from the Ride4Ceylon 2022 event, is going to be donated to the ‘Institute of Medical Sciences’ instead.

Interestingly, barely four days prior to the ride Dr. Jayantha Arnold was captured on camera at the gala press briefing held at the Jetwing Hotel Colombo, informing the audience in attendance that the funds raised from the ride were to be used for the Green Memorial Hospital.

This was the very instruction from the Management of Green Memorial Hospital that he was instructed not to do.

This speech made by Dr. Jayantha Arnold went on to mislead both riders and donors alike to believe that their efforts and generosity was being put to good use.

However, what was further shocking to discover was that immediately after the Ride4Ceylon’s 2022 ride, David Rasiah went on to post a comment on his Facebook page which read “So the Ride4Ceylon charity cycle ride 2022 in aid of Green Memorial Hospital, Manipay is now done! We want to extend a huge thank you to all the local and overseas riders, helpers & Police/Highway Petrol who joined R4C this year. It was quite an effort! Together, and thanks to your generosity, we raised over £35,000 (approx. Rs. 10 Million) in cash and goods for the whole hospital. You can still donate via the Justgiving link, but most of all thanks so much for digging so deep. You’ve been a massive part of something special. Thank you!”

So finally, who really pocketed the collected funds of over £35,000 that David Rasiah claims to have been collected from the 2022 charity ride? cos’ till to date the Green Memorial Hospital claims that even those funds collected in their name, despite providing clear instructions to not abuse their good name were never received.

Charity registered in UK

It can be further revealed that as the Friends of Manipay Hospital is a registered charity in the UK, its audited accounts need to be submitted annually.

A cross reference on the website of the Charity Commission of England and Wales indicates the charity Friends of Manipay Hospital is listed bearing number 1113439 and Company No. 05483859 and its Charity’s overview states “Help restore the Manipay Green Memorial Hospital and bring it back to a fully functional level.”

Browsing through the Friends of Manipay Hospital website, it states that its accounts have been audited by a company named BBK Partnership Chartered Accounts in the UK.

However, what’s more alarming is that the website of FOMH’s independent auditor BBK Partnership Chartered Accountants, reveals that Anandan Arnold is in fact directly involved in the firm.

This proves that even the accounts of the charity Friends of Manipay Hospital does in fact have its annual accounts audited by an accountancy firm, where one of its very own Trustees Anandan Arnold is directly involved prior to submitting the same to the Charity Commission of England and Wales.

Church in Batticaloa cries foul

Meanwhile Colombo Telegraph is also in possession of a letter sent by a Parish Priest from a Church in Batticaloa, who claims that funds collected by Friends of Manipay Hospital on behalf of a seven-year-old girl who was injured in the Easter Bombing in 2019 was never received.

This is a clear indication the ‘Friends of Manipay Hospital’ is in fact conducting fund collection for many other causes despite the original mandate that was provided by Bishop S. Jebanesan was to help restore the Green Memorial Hospital.

Ride4Ceylon trademark and logo dispute ends in UK court.

The charity Friends of Manipay Hospital has filed a case as the Plaintiff with Michael Arnold as the Defendant in the UK in 2021, with both parties claiming ownership of the registration and logo of Ride4Ceylon.

Michael Arnold claims that he did register the trademark Ride4Ceylon and its logo.

He has also indicated that he had no involvement with the two rides conducted in 2021 and 2022, where he states that Ride4Ceylon is an independent ride that would participate to help raise funds for any charity.

He further claims that his trademark Ride4Ceylon and logo was hijacked by the charity Friends of Manipay, who used it to raise funds for the Green Memorial Hospital in 2021 and again in 2022, where despite the same name Ride4Ceylon was used, it did so with a differently designed logo that looked similar to his original one.

Whilst browsing through the case file and its submitted documents in the UK, it became evident that the charity FOMH in its submission in 2021, stated that Bo Mills was a Trustee at the time the case was filed.

However, according to the charity Friends of Manipay Hospital’s submitted Annual Report dated 30th June 2021 to the Charity Commission of England and Wales, it states that Trustee Bo Mills had in fact resigned from FOMH on the 1st July 2020.

Similarly, there seems to be quite a collection of facts that do not tally when information is cross referenced against the charity FOMH’s documents filed in the courts in the UK, in Annual Reports submitted to the Charity Commission, on emails sent and on websites both in the UK and in Sri Lanka.

Facebook posts

Ride4Ceylon’s Facebook page has also uploaded some interesting posts that have left even the officials of Green Memorial Hospital baffled.

For example, a post with pictures on the 1st of September 2021 states “Dr. Sridharan helped secure a donation of Rs 640 million worth of medical supplies from doctors in the USA.”

Another post sees officials representing Ride4Ceylon donating ICU beds to the Minister of Sports Namal Rajapaksa at Temple Trees, which officials of Green Memorial Hospital state is completely against its original mandate. A quote in this regard posted states “The Ride4Ceylon together with Friends of Manipay Hospital, remain committed to helping the Sri Lankan people in their battle with the Covid-19 virus.”

Former Sri Lankan cricketer’s involvement

Incidentally both Dr. Jayantha Arnold and Arnie Arnold (who was also the CEO of the T20 cricket franchise Jaffna Stallions in its inaugural edition) happen to be the first cousins of the former Sri Lankan cricketer and current international cricket commentator Russell Arnold.

Russell Arnold was himself the Ride4Ceylon Brand Ambassador until quite recently.

When Colombo Telegraph contacted Russell Arnold for a quote he said “I chose to step forward and support Ride4Ceylon at the onset as my family members were directly involved with it. However, I subsequently decided to detach myself as its brand ambassador. Let’s say I did it for personal reasons.”

Colombo Telegraph can confirm that at the time of publishing this story, the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India’s Medical Board did inform Dr. Jayantha Arnold that they wish to sever all ties and cancel all contracts signed between both parties, effective 31st of December 2022. It could be further confirmed that Dr. Jayantha Arnold has responded to the JDCSI’s intimation in this regard.

Colombo Telegraph’s investigation continues.

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  • 8
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    It appears that you have been taken for a ride. Hitherto Christin organizations were considered to be honest and sincere. What happened?

    • 9
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      My comment arises out of annoyance.
      ‘Christin organizations were considered to be honest and sincere’.
      Were they ever pristine … . Ask Jaffna Man!

      • 9
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        I am told by well meaning friends that this article contains misinformation. I myself know that Michael Arnold is a second cousin of Dr. Jayantha Arnold and not a first cousin as this article says. Charity Commissioner is very strict and if found fault, the auditor and trustees will face prosecution and the organisation will lose its charity status. Secondly, you can only take donors for a ride for a short period, and no one will donate money if the credibility of an organisation is lost. BBK partnership is an accountancy firm in which Anandan Arnold brother of Jayantha Arnold is a partner and where their first cousin Brian Arnold works. Analyzing this article, I feel that this issue is due to personality clash among the contenders to glory and nothing with mismanagement of funds as claimed by the writer.

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      KV
      Which religious organization was not?
      There is always wide variety in confidence tricks.

    • 4
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      Guys like me who have little knowledge of the Jaffna Peninsula (but who wish the people there well) cannot be stampeded into supporting the likes of “Bishop Rt. Rev. Daniel Thiagarajah”.
      .
      We remember all too well what we have read in articles such as these:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/administrative-malpractices-continue-at-jaffna-college-despite-fund-cuts-by-trustees/comment-page-1/#comments
      .
      The people “Up-North” deserve better.
      .
      Author, Marlon Dale Ferreira, thanks for joining the ranks of those who write articles here. The two articles on how we had heroic Sri Lankan pilots who avoided the greatest ever airline accidents dealt with something far simpler than what these cleric-crooks will come up with:
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/srilankan-airlines-management-confirms-no-risk-of-midair-collision/

  • 0
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    Sad but still serving the public, it’s neglected not only this there are so many institutions,
    Google it and see this rise and the purpose

  • 4
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    I am not sure if the last three paragraphs each starting with “Colombo Telegraph” (one preceded by a ‘when’) were penned by the author.

  • 3
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    “Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.”
    .
    Matthew 21:12
    [New King James Version]
    .
    These self-chosen children of God in Jaffna are a nuisance to Him with their petty thefts and quarrels, taxing too much His energy – at a time when He is overwhelmed by the Universe that He created trying to break free. He has a special eternal Dungen reserved for them where they have to stand in a pool of sewage upto their chins with cigarette breaks only every 375 years.

    • 1
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      A S D —Agree on Mat 21:12
      The temporal message for the Bishop might be to pursue an inquiry before getting into strife.

      Also in the spiritual…. he would well know we battle against spiritual forces and not against flesh and blood Eph 6.12
      Perhaps as Jusus did he would take authority and chase out the moneychangers by the power of his faith….and transform.
      To cleanse the temple (the heart of man) by the power of the spirit and look for men of God and not institutions is what Jesus did. He invested in men and transformed them with the power of His presence which he promised to date.

      What the church needs is not squabbles but a Revival and …..and its about tme too !

      • 3
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        Has God or his many messengers/sons/avatars et al. achieved much?
        I doubt if GAM Himself (or Herself or Itself) will succeed.
        *
        Lord Krishna supposedly declared “I shall occur again and again through the eons” (to right wrongs) for He knew well that it is past Him to put this place in any order forever.

  • 3
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    If this had been some Sinhalese Buddhists defrauding a charity can you imagine the number of hate-filled comments that would have been posted here? Comforting to know that Tamils can be as corrupt as Sinhalese.

    • 4
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      S

      Of course Tamils are no different from Singhalese .

      We should be sad for fallen humanity.

      But the fact that you find the mess they create comforting is telling !

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      S
      The question then would have been: “How many Sinhalese Buddhists will come forward to expose the racket?”
      What made you think that any race is more or less corrupt than another?

      • 0
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        The racist stereotyping of Sinhalese Buddhists by overseas Tamils in this forum. You SJ, are a rare and upright exception.

  • 8
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    Never donate to an organization , If you want to help, meet the victims directly and hand over the money or offer assistance. Organized institutions created to collect charity are mostly corrupt all over the world, of course there are exceptions

    • 12
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      Speak for yourself. Just because some do it don’t tarnish the image of a well loved and honest charity.

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        s.m.
        Should not the fact that ‘charities’ have brought themselves to levels where their credibility is challenged be the matter that should concern any ‘charity’ claiming to be ‘well loved and honest’, rather than the critics themselves.

    • 3
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      By all means, yes. Go visit the Green Memorial Hospital and directly sponsor a patient, if that is your advice. This is already an option at GMH, from what I’ve learned.

  • 13
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    The Trustees are greatly perturbed by the utterly false, diabolical and defamatory media report in the Colombo Telegraph of August 12, 2022 authored by Marlon Dale Ferreira.
    FoMH was formed to help restore the Green Memorial Hospital (GMH) and re-establish vital medical services in 2005. FoMH is an independent and duly registered UK charity, and is not a subsidiary of the JDCSI. FoMH has been the principal financial donor to GMH since 2005, following an agreement with the then Bishop Jebanesan.
    FoMH efforts have made every GMH building, which were previously severely dilapidated, clinically usable and also donated a Laboratory and secured an X-ray machine all of which are essential to meet SL Medical Council/Private Health Services Regulatory Council criteria specified for any private hospital.
    FoMH works through its local delivery partner, the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) a Sri Lanka registered not-for-profit company based at GMH. The funds are provided to IMS by FoMH, by whom decisions concerning GMH’s restoration are made. Ride4ceylon charity cycle rides raise funds for restoration of GMH in this fully accountable way.
    The project necessitates long-term planning and rollout – including building logistics, recruitment, training and sustained clinical care – therefore, FoMH entered into a lease of certain premises of GMH with JDCSI for a period of 14 years from 2014.

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      Do not fret because of evildoers,
      Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
      For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
      And wither as the green herb.

      Trust in the Lord, and do good;
      Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
      Delight yourself also in the Lord,
      And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

      Commit your way to the Lord,
      Trust also in Him,
      And He shall bring it to pass.
      He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
      And your justice as the noonday.

      Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
      Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
      Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
      Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
      Do not fret—it only causes harm.

      For evildoers shall be cut off;
      But those who wait on the Lord,
      They shall inherit the earth.
      For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
      Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
      But it shall be no more.
      But the meek shall inherit the earth,
      And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

      • 1
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        Psalm 37: 1 – 17

        New King James Version

  • 17
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    What a load of rubbish. The Telegraph has been taken for a ride by a person who split the Church of South India in Colombo many years ago. I know the Arnold brothers very well. They will never do anything like what has been said of them. They work hard for the hospital and I am a witness to it as I have been there many times. I have also worked there as a volunteer many times and every time I went I saw a lot of change for the betterment of the Manipay community. A man who split the church now trying hard to split the family. This will never happen and I see a couple of people from abroad involved in this mud-slinging against the Arnold family. God knows the truth and will answer all who are supporting the man who became the Bishop through the back door. He is skint now having lost his way, so trying hard to get hold of the funds that have been donated by well-wishers over the years.

    • 6
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      I have not investigated the details of the accusations against the Arnolds given in the article. However, I know members of the Arnold family, especially Ananthan, whom I know extremely well over decades and I can say unreservedly there is absolutely no way they could be involved in any fraud whatsoever! I can vouch for them without any hesitation!

      • 4
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        As for press reports in SL, some years ago, it was reported in the press in SL that I was a well known fund raiser for the Tigers here in the UK, and the SL Government had contacted Interpol to have me extradited from the UK to face charges in SL. There was absolutely no truth in me having any involvement with the Tigers, leave alone fund raising!
        In fact I was asked by people here in the UK whether I had been contacted by Interpol. No such thing ever happened; yet it was news in the SL press.

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          https://youtu.be/ACoWAfhOs4Q

          It is worth taking a look at the above link put up by Dr. Nachinarkinian!
          It gives a true picture of the restoration of GMH.

    • 1
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      Why in Jaffna, more than any other place that I know, contentions over public issues are ultimately reduced to family squabbles and personality clashes? Are the Jaffna people still not able to get over the fierce competitive mentality they inherited from centuries of living in a harsh environment of scarce resources and limited economic opportunities? That “every man for himself” mind-set is not conducive to today’s global society where transparency and inclusiveness in public life are the norms much emphasized. The collapse of the Eelam project and the current impasse of the larger struggle for Tamil political rights can be attributed to this tendency in Jaffna to conduct politics like one’s own private business.

  • 13
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    The Trustees are greatly perturbed by the utterly false, diabolical and defamatory media report in the Colombo Telegraph of August 12, 2022 authored by Marlon Dale Ferreira.
    FoMH was formed to help restore the Green Memorial Hospital (GMH) and re-establish vital medical services in 2005. FoMH is an independent and duly registered UK charity, and is not a subsidiary of the JDCSI. FoMH has been the principal financial donor to GMH since 2005, following an agreement with the then Bishop Jebanesan.
    FoMH efforts have made every GMH building, which were previously severely dilapidated, clinically usable and also donated a Laboratory and secured an X-ray machine all of which are essential to meet SL Medical Council/Private Health Services Regulatory Council criteria specified for any private hospital.
    FoMH works through its local delivery partner, the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) a Sri Lanka registered not-for-profit company based at GMH. The funds are provided to IMS by FoMH, by whom decisions concerning GMH’s restoration are made. Ride4ceylon charity cycle rides raise funds for restoration of GMH in this fully accountable way.

    …..contained

  • 13
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    The project necessitates long-term planning and rollout – including building logistics, recruitment, training and sustained clinical care – therefore, FoMH entered into a lease of certain premises of GMH with JDCSI for a period of 14 years from 2014.
    IMS medical staff have established neuro rehabilitation, Family Medicine and Paediatric services at GMH. IMS also trains much needed Nursing staff. IMS is now recognised as a nurses and allied health staff training provider by the Government of Sri Lanka. IMS medical consultants provide crucial medical governance at GMH holding Medical Director and Medical Advisory Board appointments.
    FoMH takes strict adherence to financial transparency and accountability which is secured by very eminent SriLankan medical professionals who are local trustees of IMS. The Charity’s accounts are subject to independent examination and submitted to the UK Charity Commission annually where they are published for public scrutiny (charity no: 1113439, company no: 5483859).
    The matter has now been placed in the hands of our lawyers

    • 7
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      R4C
      “The matter has now been placed in the hands of our lawyers” rather than the hands of the Good Lord himself?

      • 1
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        The Good Lord works in numerous ways.

  • 4
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    But why do we have so many religions. It is all to make money and to cheat the gullible. All religions are the same. Just see nallur at the moment making millions and what is happening to the money. Do they do any service to the needy, instead have a grand thamasha, bramins say things in sanskrit and that it.

    • 5
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      Religion is not necessary for man but man is necessary for religion. Without religion, man can exist but without man, religion cannot exist.

  • 9
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    There is an untold story here …
    1) Why has his grace the Bishop taken so long to make these allegations only now, since 2017?
    2) Shouldn’t the charity have been asked about these first, before going to the press? A one-sided investigation?
    3) The Hospital, being in the same compound as the church, and the church being a body of many people involved, why is it that the lack of progress at the hospital was not seen all these years?
    4) Why has the author, an investigative journalist, not visited the hospital and spoken to patients receiving treatment? No mention.
    5) Don’t the donors actually cycle to the hospital and see for themselves the progress made? Why continue funding if this was mismanagement?
    These point out to an incomplete investigation with a conflict of interest.

    Can the other side of this story also be published in fairness to the readers to reach their own conclusion rather than driving to fulfil what seems a vendetta?

  • 3
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    The church has neither the skill nor the trust to run a hospital . From the very outset all funds collected have been kept seperate to the church coffers deliberately. The Trustees have done a tremendous job renovating the dilapidated buildings and establishing a functioning hospital today, a far cry from the dispensery operation of 2012. The Arnold Brothers have made a significant contribution to the redevelopment of GMH with both time and monetary. The evidence of the fundraising to date by FOMH and Ride4ceylon is plainly obvious to anyone visiting the hospital. I am a donor myself and have complete trust in the trustees, in collecting donations and running the projects. Bishop stop making slanderous innuendo via the Colombotelegraph.

  • 4
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    This conniving manipulating Bishop is trying to get his hands on the till and taking Colombotelegraph for a ride . It ain’t going to happen ever. Churches around the world have lost credibility. The funds are best in the hands of independent medical and financial specialists not corrupt priests. The Bishop driven only by greed and power, simple as that .

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