The Bank for Everyone, and one of the pioneers in the Banking industry to embracecycling, DFCC Bank celebrated World Bicycle Day recently. WorldBicycle Day falls on 3rd June each year and draws attention to the various health and environmental benefits of cycling; a simple, affordable, clean and environmentally friendly means of transportation. To commemorate this day, the Bank took the opportunity to declare it a “Bike to Work” day for its employees, and organised a 15 Km fun ride for which over 30 cyclists participated.
In addition, DFCC Bank also conducted a special knowledge sharing session focusing on topics in relation to cycling etiquette, safety measures, benefits of cycling to work, selection of the ideal bike etc., which saw enthusiastic participation by the staff.
“EXERCISE” is one of the key pillars of the Bank’s sustainability strategy, and one of the Bank’s flagship initiatives under this pillar is to promote cycling as a lifestyle among staff, customers and other stakeholders.
Further, DFCC was one of the pioneers to launch the Monthly Cycling Day initiative in 2020, to coincide with the opening of the new Pinnacle Centre in Horton place for which participants included customers, well-wishers and employees of the Bank. Since this modest inception, the initiative has grown into a network-wide effort to promote cycling to work and cycling as a lifestyle, which now attracts and appeals to many hundreds of the Bank’s employees. An increase in participation and interest is now also being witnessed across DFCC Bank’s branches in the Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern regions as well.
DFCC Bank’s Monthly Cycle Days are organized by the Bank’s Wellness (OMMM) Committee, and Human Resources Department, with the support and participation of senior members of the management, including the CEO, Thimal Perera, and many others. To support cycling as a lifestyle and promote the activity amongst its people, the Bank has issued branded jerseys and introduced financial support programmesfor employees to purchase bicycles as well.
The employees who took part in the 15Km Ride
(L to R)- Mithun Liyanage–Co-Founder and Head Coach, EnduranceLab&Colombo Cycling School Sri Lanka, Nilmini Gunaratne – Vice President, Marketing & Sustainability, DFCC Bank PLC, Rohan Amirthiah – Managing Director, Wurth Lanka, Thimal Perera – CEO, DFCC Bank PLC, Sheron Mendis – Director, Business Development, Sri Lanka & Maldives VISA, Ayomi AluwiharE Gunawardene – President Partner and Head of FJ& G De Seram, Sonali Jayasinghe – Senior Vice President, Human Resources, DFCC Bank PLC.