The Foundation of Goodness is a holistic rural development model that seeks to bridge the urban-rural divide in Sri Lanka via 10 empowerment divisions across 900+ villages island-wide, and reached over 307,000+ beneficiaries in 2022 alone by way of 15 Empowerment Centres, free of cost.
It has been 18 years since legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne arrived in a tsunami-battered Seenigama with a slew of international media. He took the time to tour, listen and understand the plight of the rural Sri Lankans and the devastation wreaked by the Tsunami, not only onto their homes and families, but also their future.
His visit, fueled a flurry of attention across Australia, drawing kind hearted donors to the Foundation and enabling the rise of the Centre of Excellence as a crucial empowerment and relief Centre. It was as a result of the attention he brought to us with his visit that enabled us to connect with donors in building and renovating a thousand houses and countless other projects for the empowerment of rural Sri Lankans in the South.
18 years later, the Centre was delighted to welcome Jason Warne, his brother, and his wife Shay, who paid tribute to the late Shane Warne by visiting the Centre of Excellence in Seenigama, despite their busy schedule. Their visit showed them how the Centre had flourished and grown under the leadership of Founder Kushil Gunasekera, into a rural development model that has now been replicated island-wide in Sri Lanka, empowering over 68,000 beneficiaries from 900+ villages in 2021 alone.
Jason Warne together with the team from cricket.com.au were inspired by the Sports Academy and the many empowerment courses offered for rural Sri Lankans in the areas
“Its amazing to see how much the Foundation of Goodness has grown over the past 18 years. Shane would be extremely proud to see what his support has led to” – Jason Warne
The Foundation of Goodness is a firm believer in the power of a small gesture of kindness. We believe that it can multiply and has the potential to change lives. Shane Warne’s visit so many years ago continues to impact the lives of rural communities in Sri Lanka in ways that he himself would never have imagined. The Foundation of Goodness remembers and will continue to honor his memory through the lives that we impact everyday.