October - November 2016

OUTCOMES OF MEETINGS IN SRI LANKA:

We are pleased to report briefly on the outcomes of meetings with corporates, government officials, medical personnel and individuals, which were all intended to gather support for our proposed expansion with a centre initially in Badulla, then later in Welimada and Mahiyangana.  The absolute need for more centres was brought home to us in conversations with the personnel in hospitals as they emphasized their lack of means and resources to provide similar services provided by us to our disabled children.

Seylan Bank, National Savings Bank, Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka, Expolanka Holdings PLC., Bartleets Group of Companies and the Uva provincial ministries have pledged their support for VACD.

 

 

Dear All,

 

May this find you all at your very best.

It’s wonderful to be back in Oz after the heat and humidity of Colombo and the relative cool hills of Bandarawela, where we had numerous positive meetings with key people within a space of three rather hectic weeks.

 

OUTCOMES OF MEETINGS IN SRI LANKA:

We are pleased to report briefly on the outcomes of meetings with corporates, government officials, medical personnel and individuals, which were all intended to gather support for our proposed expansion with a centre initially in Badulla, then later in Welimada and Mahiyangana.  The absolute need for more centres was brought home to us in conversations with the personnel in hospitals as they emphasized their lack of means and resources to provide similar services provided by us to our disabled children.

Seylan Bank, National Savings Bank, Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka, Expolanka Holdings PLC., Bartleets Group of Companies and the Uva provincial ministries have pledged their support for VACD.

Dr Gopi Kumar, Chartered Physiotherapist,

Dr Kumar who is also co-founder of Sri Lanka Cerebral Palsy Foundation, has kindly pledged to help VACD by presenting free wheelchairs to eligible VACD children below 16 years, and undertaken to train VACD parents to deliver home based physiotherapy for VACD children, (which will be videotaped for later use as a training/refresher tool for other parents), and train parents in Paper Based Technology to produce furniture for disabled children.

 

HEARTFELT THANKS TO THESE SUPPORTERS & DONORS:

TV Derana

In an exciting new development, Mr. Suneth Wediwardana – Producer and his team at TV Derana will soon be producing a 30-minute documentary on VACD and our disabled children and their families.  This documentary should go a long way to raise awareness of disabilities in children, the lack of services for them and hopefully generate support for our programs.

 

Infologix (Pvte) Ltd

Mr. Ruvesh Sivanandan – General Manager and Mr., Stefan Jaro – Digital marketing Executive at Infologix are presently working on a social & digital media strategy that includes Facebook and Instagram for VACD on a pro bono basis , as part of their ‘Community & Social Responsibility’ commitment.

 

Ataraxia Capital Partners & Teardrop Hotels

Senior partners at these two companies have agreed to fundraise for VACD by means of money boxes placed on the counters of their businesses.

 

Vijay Hirdaramani, (entrepreneur & family friend), Mr. & Mrs. Dilshan & Anushka Perera (Mission Travel, Colombo), Mr. James Meighan (Treasurer - VACD Board of director) – have made donations of much needed equipment for the Centre; a sound system, a 32inch television and a digital video camera, which will be utilized for the children’s dance classes and for physio and speech therapy training sessions for parents.

 

NEWS FROM BANDARAWELA CENTRE

Matters that arose from a coordinated meeting of parents and committee members from all 4 townships of Bandarawela, Badulla, Welimada and Mahiyangana are as follows:

1.      The parents of the townships expressed a need for training workshops for the parents

2.      Parents to be equipped with training in administering first aid to children

3.      Parents from Badulla, Welimada and Mahiyangana raised the need for a centre in their townships to provide life skills and vocational training for the children as well as a space for the parents to socialise and share their burdens

4.      These parents also requested assistance with speech and physiotherapy sessions for their children as they find the cost of these services prohibitive

5.      Parents of children who are severely disabled would like more services for them

6.      Parents of children who can only take in liquids requested assistance to purchase milk powder for their children, the monthly cost of which exceeds Rs.8000 per child

7.      Parents requested the purchase of some musical instruments for the children’s use

8.      Five VACD children have been chosen to participate in an all-island dancing competition for children with disabilities

9.      Five parents have already received microfinance through the Regional Development Bank

10.   A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Ruth Dilshani Coulton and Franklin Deniston Benedict who have volunteered to provide computer training for the children at the centre

 

NEWS FROM SYDNEY

Meanwhile, back in Sydney Westpac and Adobe Australia have incorporated VACD into their donation matching program.

Stay tuned for further developments.  Meanwhile, thank you sincerely for your support and blessings to you and your loved ones,

 

Best wishes and warm regards…Yasmin

 

Yasmin Stephen
Administration & Communications Secretary
Volunteers to Assist Children with Disabilities Limited,

ACN: 605 017 016/ ABN: 80 605 017 016 & ACNC Registered
Cherrybrook, NSW 2126, Australia
Phone: +612 9484 5128
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