Eco Team sup­ports ‘Around the Pearl’ with unique ac­com­mo­da­tion

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LIFE -

Tak­ing in the amaz­ing sights and sounds of par­adise is­land that is Sri Lanka, 35 riders from all walks of life and na­tion­al­i­ties re­cently rode al­most 1,500kms around our na­tion to raise funds for a wor­thy cause.

‘Around the Pearl’, which kicked off on April 12, was suc­cess­fully con­cluded 10 days later with riders from as far as Scot­land, France, Ger­many, Nether­lands and the USA join­ing cy­cle en­thu­si­asts and their back-up teams from Sri Lanka for a ride of a life­time.

The Around the Pearl ride is or­gan­ised by Jetwing Ad­ven­tures, on be­half of the Wheels for Wheels Foun­da­tion and works in part­ner­ship with the Cere­bral Palsy Lanka Foun­da­tion (CPLF) to fa­cil­i­tate the wheel­chair project for the chil­dren with cere­bral palsy.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2014, Around the Pearl has raised sub­stan­tial funds and do­nated over 1,900 wheel­chairs in 20 dis­tricts as an ini­tial step to­wards reach­ing the her­culean chal­lenge of pro­vid­ing 10,000 wheel­chairs.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to do­nate please visit www. aroundthe­p­

Sup­port­ing the wor­thy cause and pro­vid­ing a unique ac­com­mo­da­tion ex­pe­ri­ence for the riders, Sri Lanka’s pi­o­neer­ing out­door ad­ven­ture sport and tourism com­pany Eco Team fa­cil­i­tated a fully-fledged lux­ury camp­ing fa­cil­ity in Mul­liku­lam, North of Wil­pattu, this year.

The camp­ing site, which can be erected at any open space, in­cluded camp­ing gear like sleep­ing bags and pil­lows, mo­bile wash­room and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties and scrump­tious meals for the weary riders.

“For most of the tour we stayed at ho­tels and re­sorts but by far most of us agreed that camp­ing night was the best night of all. The fa­cil­i­ties and food was sim­ply amaz­ing. Ku­dos to Eco Team for be­ing part of our jour­ney for many years and en­sur­ing that our riders are well taken care of,” said SL Navy Com­man­der Ravi Weer­ap­pe­ruma (Rtd), who has been one of the ride’s ac­tive ad­vo­cates for many years.

Eco Team is the only out­door ad­ven­ture tourism com­pany that has the abil­ity to set up lux­ury camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties around the is­land for even up to 1,500 guests. The camps in­clude fa­cil­i­ties that would nor­mally be avail­able at lux­ury ho­tels with at­tached bath­rooms, com­fort­able beds and linen and are even taste­fully dec­o­rated to suit the type of ad­ven­ture or ter­rain that you are at.

Also speak­ing on the camp­ing site pro­vided for Around the Pearl, Eco Team Con­sul­tant New Projects and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Channa Jaya­sun­dara said, “Eco Team has been a part­ner of the Around the Pearl ini­tia­tive for many years. In 2016 we ar­ranged the camp for the riders in Mu­la­tivu and this year we pro­vided the ac­com­mo­da­tion in Mul­liku­lam. We have al­ways been happy to be part of ac­tiv­i­ties pro­mot­ing Sri Lanka as an ad­ven­ture tourism des­ti­na­tion and Around the Pearl takes it fur­ther by also be­ing a wor­thy cause. We’re look­ing for­ward to be­ing a greater part of this ad­ven­ture next year as well.”

Apart from mo­bile tent­ing, Eco Team also has its own sta­tion­ary camp sites in Wil­pattu, Yala, Udawalawe and Sri Lanka’s first lux­ury bush­walks camp Ahas Pokuna in Beli­hul Oya.

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