July Newsletter 2019

July 2019 VACD Newsletter

Thank you and our best wishes remain with you dear Mr. Nanda Matthew:

We wish to place on record our deep appreciation and profound thanks to former Governor of the Uva Province, Hon. Nanda Matthew for his stewardship, counselling, guidance and assistance to establish VACD on 27th December 2011 in Bandarawela and for being the Patron of our Sri Lanka mission while he was the Governor Uva province and since his retirement in 2015. He has decided to relinquish his post as Patron VACD Sri Lanka to focus on personal matters. We wish him and his family well.


(Photo taken in 2015 at the residence of Hon. Mr. Nanda Matthew in Bandarawela after his retirement from the post of Governor Uva Province. Left to right: Felix, Mr. Matthew & Yasmin)

VACD Sri Lanka has a new Patron:

We are delighted that Mr. Sisira Ratnayake, VACD Sri Lanka Advisory Board member has accepted our invitation to be the next Patron of VACD Sri Lanka.

Mr. Ratnayake pictured above, is an Attorney-at-Law and holds a master’s degree (LLM) in Commercial Law from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He is a former High Court Judge, former Secretary, Judicial Service Commission, former Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Justice, former President of the High Court Judges Association and former President of the Judicial Service Association of Sri Lanka. He has represented Sri Lanka at International Judicial colloquiums, has excelled in his chosen profession for over 25 years and is from the township of Bandarawela in Sri Lanka.

Many Thanks, Expo Freight (ESL):

We wish to acknowledge and place on record our deep appreciation for the financial support extended to us by the Community and Social Responsibility (CSR) division at Expo Freight Sri Lanka to purchase a fridge, gas cooker and gas bottle for our newly established “Dora Jeanne centre for Children with disabilities” in Badulla. We wish to acknowledge the commitment of Mr. Abbas Sethwala – Head of Integrated Finance, Ms. Sabrina Yusoof - Head of CSR, Ms. Sanjana Ravi – CSR Coordinator, Mr. Ahmed Javed and Mr. Shameen Perera from marketing & communications for their support to our mission. Thank you, ESL.

Please visit: https://www.expofreight.com/en/ for more information.

Thank you for your continued support dear Neil & Manel Fernando:

We wish to place on record our deep appreciation for the continued support and assistance provided to our mission by Mr. Neil Fernando – Chairman Neil Fernando & Co (Pvt). Ltd. & Neil Marine (Pvt) Ltd. which are part of the Penthouse group of companies, and his wife Mrs. Manel Fernando. Their ongoing support helps our mission to provide a range of critical services and facilities to our disabled children.

(Left photo: Manel & Neil. Right photo: Felix, Neil & Yasmin in 2018 in Colombo)

I first met with Mr. Neil Fernando over 20+ years ago when he was introduced to me by my late brother Tony Stephen (General Manager Fihalhohi Island Resort – Maldives). Neil Marine which is now a leading fiberglass boat builder in South Asia was at an expansionary phase when I met with Neil. Neil Marine are now veterans at their trade, are highly sought after for their products and respected globally by the boat building industry. Thank you, Neil and Manel for your many years of friendship and continued support for our mission.

You can find more information on Neil Marine on: https://www.neilmarine.com/

Congratulations - Matthew Levy O.A.M!!!

We congratulate our VACD Australia Director - Matthew (Matt) Levy for being appointed Co-chair of the Commonwealth Games Australia Athlete Advisory Group (AAG). Please visit: http://commonwealthgames.com.au/cga-update/ for more information on this great accomplishment.

You can find more information on Matt who is an Australian multiple Gold medal Para-swimmer on his homepage: http://mattlevyoam.com.au

Our near-term focus:

Having placed our capacity expansion/opening of new VACD centres program in the backburner for now, our focus for the immediate future will be to increase the number and frequency of workshops, training camps and rehabilitation and health clinics for our disabled children and their parents and targeted leadership and vocational training for our Young VACD Club members.

Please join us on this benevolent journey:

Please reach out to us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and support our initiatives. Please also do share this newsletter with your family, friends, loved ones and colleagues so that together we can make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities, one by one!!!

Our sincere thanks to all of you for your continued invaluable support, guidance, counselling and assistance and for being part of this incredible, challenging, immensely rewarding and fulfilling journey.

Many thanks, best wishes and warm regards…. Felix

Felix Stephen

Chairman of the Board of Directors - VACD Ltd. Sydney – Australia - http://www.vacd.org.au/
Member of the Advisory Board – VACD USA – http://www.vacdusa.org/
Member of the Advisory Board – VACD Sri Lanka
Senior Associate – Cognoscenti Group – Sydney – Australia- http://www.cognoscenti.global/
Consultant - Investment Committee - Lonsec - Sydney – Australia - https://www.lonsec.com.au/
Member of Investment Committee - Arrive Wealth Management - Brisbane – Australia - http://brisbane.arrivewealthmanagement.com.au/
Consultant - Global Financial Market Investment Research & Investment Strategy
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