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December 20, 2016

Supporting road safety in local community
Chairman of the British Sri Lankan Association, Dr Zimar Sivardeen is supporting local Sri Lankan residents in New Malden with an important message regarding road safety this winter.

Keeping children visible on our roads is one small step that can be taken to improve their safety and ensure they are seen by local drivers. This is why Dr Sivardeen has made a donation of 200 free high visibility jackets to pupils at his local Burlington Junior School.

The children will be wearing the jackets on school visits and outings, and their fluorescent light reflective material will make them stand out for local drivers during the darker winter months.

The community of New Malden and its local Burlington Junior School enjoys a multi-cultural population that includes strong representation from Sri Lankan residents. At the school itself, 33 languages are spoken by the children and every year, the Head invites visitors to talk to the children about their countries and customs during Multicultural Week.

Says Dr Sivardeen: "As Chairman of BRISLA, it was an honour to donate high visibility jackets to the local school and know that we are playing a small role in keeping our Sri Lankan and other nationalities' children safe and visible on our busy London roads."

James Berry, MP for Kingston and Surbiton is also a supporter of Dr Sivardeen’s activity with the school. He says: "Promoting Road Safety in our community is paramount. Dr Sivardeen has a very important message to share which I fully endorse and support. Drivers need to be 100% compliant with the rules set out by the DVLA and know their vision is up to standard to drive."

Dr Sivardeen, Chairman of BRISLA with James Berry MP, Kingston and Surbiton (Left to Right)

Mrs Pam Hall and Road Safety Officers from Burlington Junior School with Dr Sivardeen, BRISLA
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