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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2760

Former journalist says Sri Lanka is an investor paradise despite travel warning

David Zerman handover 100 Pressure meters to PHDT Chairman R.YogarajanDavid Zerman handover 100 Pressure meters to PHDT Chairman R.YogarajanSunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 25 October, ( A former veteran broadcaster of the ABC Radio –Australia, a journalist and a regular business traveler across the globe , Mr. David Zerman says Sri Lanka is a one of investors’ paradise despite some countries already issued travel warnings not to travel in Sri Lanka. David Zerman says Sri Lanka is a one of investors’ paradise despite some countries already issued travel warnings not to travel in Sri Lanka. David Zerman says Sri Lanka is a one of investors’ paradise despite some countries already issued travel warnings not to travel in Sri Lanka.

Mr.David also received a travel warning from the Australian government, but he said life is always full of danger and bombs go off everywhere in the world.

The Government of Australia has upgraded its travel advisory for its citizens advising them not to travel to Sri Lanka in the wake of the recent attacks in Habarana and Galle, while Britain and the US too have warned of further possible attacks.

Australian High Commission staff was adopting heightened security measures, including restricting travel to locations that may be potential targets and curtailing all non-essential travel in response to this threat.

Recent credible reports indicate that further attacks in Colombo and elsewhere in Sri Lanka are being planned for between August and November 2006, it said.

Speaking to media in Colombo, Mr. David sad now he administers fund raising and organizing training projects for various sectors of the community organizations under his company named ‘Possibility Australia.’

He said during his short stay, he handed over 100 pressure-monitoring machines valued over one million rupees to the Plantation Human Development Trust [PHDT] to use in estates to carry out mobile tests.

Speaking to media Mr. David said a number of Australian donors have agreed to support Sri Lankan estate workers to uplift their living standards.

“The PHDT invited me to raise funds .I provides my continuous support to them, he said.

Mr.David also offered Midwives training programme to the PHDT to uplift health sector of the estates.

We will provide necessary funds through our donors, he said.

Chairman of the PHDT ,a trade unionist and ex- Parliamentarian R.Yogarajan said he devoted his time for the sake of estate workers and this donation is very important for the estates. He said the PHDT is working closely with the estate management companies and the estate workers to uplift workers living conditions.

The Chairman said the PHDT has appointed ‘Possibility Australia’ to raise funds to carry out social activities of the estate workers. He also accepted Mr.Zerman’s offer to train jobless girls as Midwives.

According to the PHDT sources, the PHDT hopes to obtain supportive services from the Ministry of Health to carryout this training. It will begin beginning of next year, said PHDT’s Director General Col. Ranjith Ellegala.

As a professional "hands on fundraising", David has been directly involved in initiating and executing annual and capital fundraising campaigns that have raised more than $92 Million since 1990.

Prior to establishing ‘Possibility Australia,’ David was CEO of the Victorian Section of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, The Flying Doctor Foundation and Friends of the Australian Flying Doctor Service (in America).

He led a team of 2.6 professional fundraising staff and 150 volunteers who increased RFDS revenue by more than 350% over the past 7 years he held those positions.

In 2004, an independent survey conducted by Readers' Digest named the RFDS as Australia's most trusted charity. Under David's leadership the RFDS become the first ISO Quality Certified Not-For-Profit fundraising organization in Victoria.

David, who has completed both the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business (2004) and the Senior Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (2000), has postgraduate qualifications from Deakin, Melbourne and Monash Universities in Media Studies, Public Policy and International and Comparative Law.

As well, he is the first Australian to be awarded a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University's Centre on Philanthropy, which awarded him an inaugural Dove Fellowship - the only non American to be awarded this Fellowship.

David, who is a Fellow of both the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) and the Australian Institute of Management, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a past national President of the FIA and is a Nationally Accredited Trainer in Australia.

Since 2003, David has participated in the Principal for a Day program. In 2005, he was Principal at Peter Lalor Secondary College in Melbourne and Birrigai Outdoor Education School in Canberra.

‘Possibility Australia. is Australia's first consultancy specializing in providing innovative professional services to the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors and philanthropic individuals.

- Asian Tribune -

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