Sri Lanka has been experiencing an increase in the number of incidences of cancer, from over 16,500 newly diagnosed cancer patients in 2008 to over 25,800 in 2013. As a result, the availability of proper cancer care facilities has become crucial, especially to improve awareness and detection of cancer.
In 2011 Trail Sri Lanka (TrailSL), established the largest crowd-funded charity walk in aid of improving Cancer Treatment Facilities in Sri Lanka by raise over USD 2.2 million with the participation of over 30,000 people and over 250,000 volunteers. The proceeds from the 2011 walk was utilized for the construction of the Trail Tellippalai
Cancer Hospital in Jaffna, in the North East of Sri Lanka, which was opened on 14th January 2014.
In 2016 as a continuation of this charitable initiative, TrailSL has relaunched a new project and set up fundraising operations around the world, including Australia, with a goal to raise USD 5 million for the extension of cancer care facilities at the Karapitiya Hospital in Galle, Sri Lanka (Southern Sri Lanka). Between 2016 – 2019 through the success of various global fundraising initiatives the funds from TrailSL will enable the construction of a seven-floored specialized oncology treatment and research centre.