March 2019 Newsletter

March 2019 VACD Newsletter

VACD Bandarawela centre:

We are delighted to inform you that the main VACD centre "Sir Robert Clark Centre for Children with Disabilities" in Bandarawela has now been relocated to No. 49 A, Springwaththa, Vishaka Mawatha, Bandarawela.

Left photo: VACD mothers performing the traditional blessing of new premises by lighting the hearth and boiling milk (Mr. A.S.D. Alwis – VACD Sri Lanka Board of second from left and Mr. Sunil Fernando – Chairman VACD Sri Lanka third from left). Centre photo: Senior members of the local community at the function. Right photo: Parent of a VACD child lighting the hearth.

Australian visitors to our VACD Centre in Bandarawela:

It was delightful that Kevin and Helen Melder from Perth, Australia could visit the Sir Robert Clark Centre for children with disabilities in Bandarawela and donate laptop computers and other gifts to our children. Kevin and Helen make their annual excursion to Sri Lanka to coincide with the annual cricket encounter between St Joseph’s College Bandarawela and Central college Bandarawela. Kevin is an old boy of St Joseph’s college Bandarawela while Helen his wife is well known for her enthusiastic and distinct cheering at this annual fun-filled sports encounter held at the Bandarawela esplanade sports grounds.

Left: Kevin & Helen with our VACD children Right: Kevin, Helen and the dancing teacher Ms. Dilsha watching the children perform.

Left: Colonel Kumarasinghe receiving donations from Kevin & Helen. Centre: Helen in conversation with VACD dancers. Right: Helen in conversation with a VACD child.

Dance training at the VACD Badulla centre:

Ms. Nipunika Thathsarani Karunathilaka and Ms. Thimani Kavindaya Wijesinghe - Young VACD Club members conducting dancing classes for our children with disabilities at the Dora Jeanne Centre for Children with Disabilities in Badulla.

Dr. Tiraj Mendis – Consultant Paediatrician – Provincial General Hospital Badulla meeting with VACD Badulla parents and children:

Dr. Tiraj Mendis – Consultant Paediatrician at the Provincial General Hospital in Badulla visited the Dora Jeanne Centre for Children with Disabilities in Badulla, examined our VACD children and had discussions with their parents and our VACD specialist teacher.
Dr. Mendis has been a long-standing and passionate advocate of our mission and continues to provide us with invaluable guidance and support.

A mighty big “Thank You”!!!

We wish to place on record our deep appreciation for the generosity and support extended to our children and mission at the newly established VACD Badulla centre by the management and Community & Social Responsibility Division of Expolanka Freight (Pvt.) Limited, 10 Milepost Avenue, Colombo 3 who donated funds for us to purchase a fridge, gas cooker and whiteboard for the centre. Thank you dear Mr. Abbas Sethwala and Ms. Sabrina Yusoof for successfully negotiating these donations on behalf of our mission and children.

Special request for used desktop computers and screens:

The VACD centre in Bandarawela and the new Badulla centre need used desktop computers and screens that are in good working order for computer literacy training of our children. Please contact our VACD Sri Lanka Secretary Colonel R M Kumarasinghe via email on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you or your workplace can assist us in this respect. Thanks.

How can you be part of our mission and help our children and their families?

There are three specific areas that need your sponsorship and support:

  1. Family Assistance Program (FAP) - A$ 20 or equivalent per month for each family sponsorship, to supplement their income and enable the purchase of food/medicine;
  2. Educational Assistance Program (EAP) - A$ 20 or equivalent per month for each child sponsorship, to meet educational expenses and ensure the child is not deprived of an education due to financial constraints;
  3. Nutrition Program Initiative (NPI) – Donation to provide nutritious meals for the children who attend the centre

Please reach out to us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you decide to support/sponsor all or any of these initiatives.

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