SENATOR BILL FRIST TO VISIT SRI LANKA
TO ASSESS TSUNAMI DAMAGE AND OFFER ASSISTANCE
The Office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN)
announced today that he will visit the tsunami-ravaged countries
of Sri Lanka and India this week. He is expected to meet President
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and will visit Galle during
his visit to Sri Lanka.
Senator Frist is traveling to get a first-hand account of the
areas devastated by the tsunami and the plight of the people,
especially children impacted by it. He also wants to observe US
aid agencies in action to ensure American assistance is flowing
as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Senator will hand over 150,000 pounds of Pedialyte (oral electrolyte
maintenance solution), donated by Abbott Laboratories –
Ross Product Division and arranged by the Limited Brands and flown
free of charge by FedEx head quartered in Memphis, Tennessee to
Sarvodaya to be distributed among people in tsunami affected areas.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. has been instrumental
in facilitating this shipment while MAS Holdings, a leading supplier
to Victoria’s Secret has coordinated logistical arrangements
in Sri Lanka.
Senator Frist has supported President Bush’s commitment
in helping the needy in the tsunami hit region and stated that
he looked forward to acting to support President’s efforts
and any other necessary funding requests as a supplemental to
the FY 2005 budget as quickly as feasible.
Dr. Frist, who was unanimously elected to the important position
of Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate (108th Congress) in December
2002 has led a number of humanitarian assistance missions to Africa.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
04 January 2005