VACD Australia March 2022 Newsletter
March 25, 2022

Dear friends, colleagues, supporters, and collaborative partners,

Greetings and the absolute best to you, your loved ones, and your colleagues from all of us at VACD.

VACD Welimada Centre opening postponed

Due to ongoing challenges, the VACD Sri Lanka leadership team have decided to postpone the opening of our new VACD centre in Welimada sponsored by Teardrop Hotels ( to mid-May 2022. We will keep you informed of the date when this centre is due commence its activities.

Nevertheless, meetings with parents, local community groups, medical and local government officials and finetuning all our programs for this centre will continue during the lead up to the opening of the centre.

The following photos show our local VACD team meeting parents from Welimada and Uva Paranagama at the Uva Paranagama AGA office auditorium:

VACD’s Family Assistance Program (FAP)

The FAP initiative was introduced by us a few years ago to address financial stresses encountered  by single parents (mostly mothers), to assist them to manage their household finances while  caring for their disabled child. Given prevailing challenges faced by many low-income households we have received further requests for help and seek your generosity to help us extend this support program to more parents of VACD children. The monthly donation we seek from you is A$ 25 or its equivalent. Please reach out to us on should you be in a position to support this program. Thank you.    

Sponsors and Collaborative Partner News:

Teardrop Hotels: 

Latest news and special offers from our collaborative partners Teardrop Hotels can be found on the following  hyperlink: and 

Please support our mission by donating via:

Donations in Australian Dollars (tax deductible for Australian taxpayers) can be made via: by credit card, PayPal & direct deposits while cash, cheque or direct transfers can be made to:

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The VACD Australia Bank account: 

Account Name: Volunteers to Assist Children with Disabilities Limited

Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Branch: Cnr of Liverpool & Castlereagh Streets, Sydney NSW 2000 

Account No: 1130 2156

Branch No: 062-016


Donations in Sri Lanka rupees can be made via the VACD Sri Lanka bank account as follows:

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Name of account: Volunteers to Assist Children with Disabilities Private Limited

Bank: Seylan Bank

Branch: 240 Badulla Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

Account No: 046035439722001

SWIFT Code: SEYBLKLX Bank Code: 7287 Branch Code: 46

Good Company: (Workplace giving)

where Australia based donors can make pre-tax regular or ad hoc donations that will be matched by participating employers.

Good2Give (Workplace giving) where Australia based donors can make pre-tax regular or ad hoc donations that will be matched by participating employers.


VACD is now on the Benevity Causes Global donation platform: and our registration number is: 8065017016

This portal has facilities for workplace and matching workplace giving. You can search for VACD by entering our name (Volunteers to Assist Children with Disabilities) or our registered charity number 8065017016 in the search bar of the Benevity workplace giving program portal. 

A big “Thank You” to all of you…

Our journey is bound to be long and challenging given the sheer number of children and families who need our love, support, compassion, and care. We look forwards to your continued generosity and active support for our undertaking and you being partners with us in this most fulfilling and noble journey that we traverse together.

Please visit us at:  and reach out to us at: should you decide to support our initiatives . Pleas 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!!!

Many thanks, best wishes, and warmest regards…. Felix

Felix Stephen

Chairman of the Board of Directors – VACD Ltd. Sydney – Australia –

Member of the Advisory Board – VACD Sri Lanka

Member of the Advisory Board – Two leaves Foundation Sri Lanka

Senior Associate – Cognoscenti Group – Sydney – Australia- 

Member of Investment Committee – Arrive Wealth Management – Brisbane – Australia –