June 2019 VACD Newsletter

Welcome to the VACD Family, Matthew Levy OAM!!!

We are delighted that Matthew (Matt) Levy offered his services to our mission to uplift children with disabilities in Sri Lanka and was appointed a director to the VACD Australia board and “VACD Ambassador” at a meeting held on Monday, 17th June.

Matt was awarded a "Medal of the Order of Australia" in the 2014 Australia Day honours for his services to sport as a Gold medallist in swimming at the London 2012 Paralympic games. In 2015 he was named "Athlete of the Year with Disability" at the New South wales Sport Awards in October 2018 and was also named Swimming Australia's "Paralympic Program Swimmer of the Year".

You can find more information on Matt on his homepage: http://mattlevyoam.com.au

A new VACD Sri Lanka Board!!!:

The VACD Sri Lanka board was re-structured at the Annual General Meeting held at the Sir Robert Clark centre for children with disabilities in Bandarawela on Saturday, 22nd June so that they will be better positioned to plan and implement projects and programs to assist and uplift disabled children and their families from the challenges and obstacles they face to live peaceful, productive and fulfilling lives.

The new VACD Sri Lanka board, past board members and staff.

New VACD Sri Lanka Board:

Mr. Sunil Fernando - Chairman, Mrs. Prabha Karunarathne - Deputy Chairman, Mr. Sunil De Alwis - Deputy Chairman, Colonel R.M. Kumarasinghe (Retd) Secretary, Mr. Sujeewa Abenayake – Asst. Secretary, Mr. Dayarathna Kandambige Treasurer (Retd. Manager Bank of Ceylon), Mr. Thushara Serasinghe – Asst. Treasurer, Mr. N.G.R.D Kumarawansa MJF – Director (Managing Director KYS Enterprise and KYS Secretary Services), Dr. M.J. Thilakarathna – Director, Mr. R.M.D Dayarathna – Director (Retd. Asst. Director Agriculture Export - Badulla District), Mr. Athula Rathnayake – Director (Retd. Accountant Sri Lanka Transport Board), Mr. Pathmasiri Weraniyagoda – Director (Retd. Bank Manager Bank of Ceylon) and Mr. R.M. Abesinghe Bandara – Director (Retd. Technical Officer [Civil]

We aim to achieve our goals, mission and vision for this marginalised and disadvantaged group of disabled children in Sri Lanka with the guidance and commitment by our dynamic and dedicated leadership teams based in the USA, Sri Lanka and Australia.

VACD’s Goals, Vision & Mission:

Our Goal:

VACD’s goal is to enrich the lives of children with disabilities in some of the poorest provinces of Sri Lanka because of the acute shortage of proper infrastructure and support facilities available in these regions. We intend achieving this by providing them with training and skills and surrounding them with suitable facilities that will help them lead independent and productive lives.

How do we achieve our Vision & Mission?

To accomplish our mission, we establish VACD Centres to provide multiple services and engage with local communities, religious groups, business, government and medical authorities. Through engagement, awareness and communication we strive to eliminate poverty, ignorance, discrimination, social isolation, vilification and abuse. We promulgate and encourage communities to value, uphold, help and respect the rights of children with disabilities.

What we do?

To help these children achieve their aspirations we provide their parents with training and guidance to endure with the challenges of caring for their children. Through our VACD centres we provide children with disabilities with special education, life skills, vocational skills as well as sports, music, dance and computer literacy training. VACD also sponsors and equips health clinics at local hospitals to facilitate regular check-ups and conducts leadership, therapy and rehabilitation workshops. These services enable our children to become valuable citizens and be accepted by their local communities.

VACD Australia’s Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status:

The Australian Taxation office (ATO) endorsed VACD Australia’s DGR status effective 1st December 2015. This means that our official receipts to you for your donations entitles you to claim a tax deduction.

Financial Year-end tax-deductible donations in Australia:

"Please support our humanitarian and philanthropic mission to uplift the lives of more than 350 VACD registered children with disabilities in Sri Lanka for whom we are the only hope, by making your generous tax deductible donations via our webpage: https://www.vacd.org.au/ as we draw closer to the end of our 2018/19 financial year and have many projects and plans to be implemented in the near future. – Thank you".

Note: Over the past years, 97% of your donations were deployed directly to support and assist our children. Our admin costs have remained around 3% due to our unique operating model and most of our VACD team being volunteers.

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 and please 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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