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BEAP Foundation Overview
The FOUNDATION SUPPORTING A NATIONAL TRAUMA SERVICE IN SRI LANKA was established on the 25th September 2011 when a Deed of Trust was signed by David Young, Nihal de Run, Nalin Pathikirikorale, Indrajith Fernando and Yoland (Bobby) Hansen, as Trustees of the Trust in the presence of Nadaraja Jayanthan, Attorney at Law, at his office 116, Hultsdorf Street, Colombo 12, Sri Lanka. The Trust has been registered with the Department of Lands in Sri Lanka and therefore has legal status.
On the 28th of September 2011, the Foundation was also granted legal status in Australia by being incorporated in Australia under the Association Incorporation Act 1981. It bears the Australian Business Number 92 784 461 095. It is also registered for taxation purposes with Tax File Number 946 946 991. The Office bearers of the Incorporated Association in Australia are David Young, Nihal de Run and Dr. Greg Hoy. The Foundation is a not for profit entity as certified by the ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-profit commission)

The Settlor of the Trust and the visionary of the Foundation is Dr David Young MBBS FRACS (ORTHO). David is a leading Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing in Melbourne and is a partner of the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group (MOG) which is located on the Avenue in Windsor, a Melbourne suburb of Victoria, Australia. David is a tireless professional who enjoys his work and is passionately involved with Sports Medicine. He has been connected to Sri Lankan Cricket as the Honorary Physician for sports medicine injuries. His strong desire to help Sri Lanka through medical assistance for the needy is indeed admirable. David is the PRESIDENT of the Foundation.

Greg Hoy, MBBS, FRCAS (ORTHO), is the Vice-President of the Foundation. Just like David Young, Greg has been an honorary physician to Cricket Australia, and has made several trips to Sri Lanka to do pro-bono work in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery. He specialises in surgery of the upper limbs and hands.

Mention must also be made of Dr V Swarnakumar with whom David shared this vision for a modern facility for Batticaloa. It will provide a higher standard of care to the people of Batticaloa and the surrounding region and will also serve to retain professionals in the region via the provision of high quality facilities.

Dr Swarnakumar is still committed to this cause even though he now works in Colombo

Nihal de Run was chosen by David Young to realise the vision and mobilise supporters towards the cause. Nihal is CEO of the Foundation and brings a wealth of experience in management and business from starting as a tea taster and exporter to being a logistician, then a financial adviser and concluding his business life as a business coach and management consultant. He was also Chairman of HELP SRI LANKA, a charity started soon after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami ravaged the coastal cities of that country.
The Foundation was named as a supporting organisation because the objective of a NATIONAL TRAUMA SERVICE IN SRI LANKA had been established. One hospital, Karapitiya near Galle, which is a Teaching Hospital attached to the Ruhunu University, has been upgraded with funding that was provided by the Governments of Victoria, Australia , the Sri Lankan Government and donations from a large International Supplier of Surgical equipment. A new Emergency & Accident Building comprising operating theatres, a 60 bed ward for use by short and long term accident
and orthopaedic patients and all of the ancillary services needed for a modern trauma management facility.

Batticaloa, is the next in the series which we hope to complete. The Teaching Hospital in Batticaloa is in urgent need of a modern Emergency and Accident Trauma Centre. We therefore gave the project the acronym BEAP (Batticaloa Emergency and Accident Project).
The Government of Sri Lanka intends to build another 14 A & E Trauma facilities around the island for public use.

Professor David de Kretser AC, (Companion of the Order of Australia)MBBS(MELB UNI),MD (MONASH),FRACP,FAA,LLD(HON MONASH)FRACOG(HON),FRCOG(HON),FRACGP(HON), former Governor of the State of Victoria in Australia graciously accepted the invitation extended to him to be the Patron of the Foundation. We are so fortunate to have a person of his eminence and experience to provide wisdom and knowledge. David de Kretser is a world renowned Medical Researcher who has specialised in the male reproductive system. Even after his five year stint as Governor of Victoria, he has returned to the place of his greatest passion and achievements; the renowned Monash Institute of Medical Research, of which he was the Founding Director.

Dr Ranjith Hettiarachi, MBBS, FRCS (Edin), honoured us by accepting the role of Vice Patron. A well-known and highly respected medical doctor practising in Melbourne who has devoted much of his time in the service of both Sri Lankan and Australian communities. He initiated and launched the National CPR education and training program throughout Sri Lanka.

Mr Abbas Akbarally is the elder statesman of the well-known tea export family business Akbar Bros in Colombo Sri Lanka. He will act as our Vice Patron located in Colombo Sri Lanka. Abbas is well known in the business community of Sri Lanka having served as Chairman of the Tea Trader's Association of Sri Lanka." Akbar Brothers" is not only the largest tea exporter from Sri Lanka, but also the largest of the tea exporters in the world.

Together, these great men of our community provide strength, credibility and direction to the Foundation.


Four great sporting personalities, all international cricketers, have kindly consented to be promotional ambassadors for our Foundation and project.

DAVENELL WHATMORE, the internationally renowned Cricket Coach that took Sri Lanka to a famous World Cup win, was the person who first invited Dr David Young to visit Sri Lanka to help with the Orthopaedic issues that faced the Sri Lankan cricketers when he first took over the coaching role of the Sri Lankan cricket team.

MUTTHIAH MURALIDHARAN, the world wicket taking record holder has been closely associated with Dr David Young and Dr Greg Hoy over many years and was one of those who moved to invite David Young to Sri Lanka to help in the crisis that followed Tsunami 2004.

SHANE WATSON, Australian Test and ODI Cricketer of repute has been well known to our Vice-President Dr Greg Hoy, and will be more active for us when he completes his tour of duty with the Australian Cricket team.

KUMAR SANGAKKARA, one of the leading cricketers in the world, and Wisden Cricketer of the Year and gentleman extraordinaire, is keen to help us in any way possible as the project progresses


Bank Accounts have been opened to facilitate donations, sponsorships and for managing the expenses of the Foundation; one in Sri Lanka with the Commercial Bank in Colombo and the other with the ANZ Bank Ltd in Melbourne.

Each account is managed by qualified Financial Controllers (Katie Sokolowska in Melbourne and Indrajith Fernando in Colombo) and they in turn will have all financial transactions verified and accounted for by professional accounting firm Watermans International in Australia and PE Management Consultants in Sri Lanka.

The accounts of the Foundation will be audited each year by an elected Auditor in Australia and HLB Edirisinghe & Co in Sri Lanka. The Trustees have the ultimate responsibility for the proper governance of the financial affairs of the Foundation and will be reporting to the relevant Corporate Affairs Offices in both Sri Lanka and Australia.


A centralised and de-centralised management structure has been put in place.

The nerve centre is in Melbourne where Nihal de Run assisted by his wife Diedre will answer phone enquiries on +61 419 382 142, and emails on They will keep all Foundation records. Nihal is also supported by Jerome Adams as Deputy CEO and Katie Sokolowski (Treasurer).

In Colombo, the office of Indrajith Fernando ( Deputy Chairman of the Colombo Management Committee ) offers its address as our mail box which is Level 1, No. 1 Lake Cr. Colombo 02, Sri Lanka, phone +94 11 4740590.


The management committee in Colombo is comprised of several well-known and reputable business people who have been carefully selected for their diversity of experience and knowledge of Corporate Sri Lanka and Government personnel who are vital for the success of our fund raising efforts.

The current committee comprises:

Mr Nalin Pathikirikorale, (Chairman) CEO Lanka Spice Pvt Ltd
Mr Indrajith Fernando, (Director) BPO Connect PLC
Mrs Bobby Jordan-Hansen, CEO Columbus Tours Sri Lanka
Mr Jayantha Jayawardene, Chairman Coconut Research Institute of Sri Lanka
Mrs Marian Bandara, Secretarial Services
Mr Dick Siebel, Retired Financial Planner from Australia resident in Sri Lanka
Mr Ranjan de Silva, Emdee PLC
Ms Katie Sokolowska

This committee is responsible for liaison with Corporations and Government agencies in the pursuit of our goals and objectives and will obtain support and advice from the ADVISORY COUNCIL.

The Advisory Council currently comprises:

Mr Tilak de Zoysa, World Chairman of Help Age( formerly Chairman of the Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce)
Dr Reggie Perera, former Health Secretary, Ministry of Health Sri Lanka
Mr Eraj Wijesinghe, Chairman of Bartleet & Co
Mr Ronnie Lym, Financial Consultant & Accountant
Mr Senake Amerasinghe, Chairman Car mart Ltd
Mr Alex Lovell, Director, J I Capital
Mr Nihal Kodituwakku, Manager, Contracts & Procurement West Australian Government.
Mr Kalinga Pelpola, CEO Pelco Developments and former Advisor to the Asia Development Bank
Mrs Pushpa Hettiarachi (Aust), Solicitor Melbourne Australia, Attorney-at-law, Colombo Sri Lanka
Mr Nadaraja Jayanthan, Solicitor and Attorney at Law, Colombo Sri Lanka.
DR V Swarnakumaar (formerly of Batticaloa and now based at Karapitiya).
A STEERING COMMITTEE has been established in Batticaloa at the teaching Hospital comprising:
Dr M. S. Ibrlebbe, Director-Batticaloa Teaching Hospital
Dr P Jeepara, General Surgeon
Mr S Namonity, Nutritionist, Secretary
The Secretary, Minister of Health
The Additional Secretary, Minister of Health
The Project Manager, Minister of Health
The Steering Committee will work closely with Hospital Administrators, the Architect, the Project manager, the Trades that are appointed to the works and the relevant government instrumentalities in attaining the desired goals. They will be acutely involved in the process of commissioning and equipping the theatres and wards and the training of staff with assistance from David Young and other Australian project partners that are being sought for the project.

This project will be a Public Private Partnership (PPP) and as such we have approached the Government of Sri Lanka (Ministry of Health & Ministry of Higher Education) to obtain their support in principle for a sharing of the entire project cost. We are responsible to raise $2 million which must come from Donations and Sponsorships from Corporations in Sri Lanka and other countries.

The Government of Sri Lanka has appropriated funds in the 2016, 2017 & 2018 budget to accommodate their share of the cost of the project.

A strict and transparent bidding and selection process will be followed at all times for contract that emanate from the Foundation to suppliers. The Foundation has already sought sealed tenders for the Expressions of Interest to select a suitably experienced and qualified Architectural firm. The entire process has been handled in the most professional manner by Kalinga Pelpola one of the members of the Advisory Council who has donated his time and expertise for this process. Gunaratna Associates were awarded the contract to perform architectural duties. THe Ministry of Health appointed to Central Engineering & Consulting Bureau (CECB) to carry out the construction. The CECB is a government owned entity.
Message from the President, Dr David A Young
The Foundation Supporting a National Trauma Service was formed to help pursue my vision for improved trauma services throughout regional Sri Lanka. Thanks to the generosity of the State Government of Victoria and pressure from interested concerned citizens of Melbourne, an emergency and accident department and operating complex has been completed at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle. It was opened by Prof David de Kretser then Governor of Victoria back in May 2011. It is our vision to construct a similar facility at The Teaching Hospital Batticaloa in the East of the country and in the future other areas of need according to the wishes of the National Committee for Trauma management. To this end I have been working in close association with the Sri Lankan Orthopaedic Association these past 7 years.
I have had a long and enjoyable association with Sri Lankan Cricket since 1994 having been invited by Dav Whatmore to help the Sri Lankan Cricket from the sports medicine angle, step up to the top levels of International competitive cricket. It was not long before I became very involved with many players of distinction particularly Muttiah Muralidaran. A close bond and friendship with Murali has developed. Murali summoned me to Sri Lanka on December 26th 2004 within hours of the tsunami, requesting me to travel to the remote and conflict-ridden North East, the most devastated area. Batticaloa was the central trauma hospital for that area but grossly understaffed and under equipped. I soon bonded with the local surgeons and pledged to continue to help. I am so pleased to have done 18 trips to Sri Lanka since 1994 to help with infrastructure planning and the delivery of a large quantity of surgical equipment.

I am now a regular lecturer and demonstrator to the orthopedic community of Sri Lanka. Rebuilding the accident department at Batticaloa is a project now agreed by the Ministry of Health and supported by the Ministry of Higher Education in Sri Lanka.

With the support of MrNihal de Run, CEO and the several committee people that form the nucleus of the Foundation, I will expand on the initiatives and progress to date and ]now call for successful Sri Lankan Corporate people and Sri Lankan businessmen and women living in Australia and other countries, to come forward and support this initiative.

David A Young

Message from Our Patron Prof. David de Kretser A.C
I am delighted to be involved in supporting this wonderful proposal to build a Modern Trauma Centre in Batticaloa. There is a great need for such a facility in that part of Sri Lanka and its completion will provide a service that will save lives and decrease the time taken for recovery. It will also provide a wonderful training facility for future generations of doctors. The support by philanthropy, when taken together with the commitment of the Government to provide funding, will lead to a great outcome for the people of the Batticaloa and surrounding area.

Prof. David de Krester A.C

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