VACD Australia July 2023 Newsletter
July 28, 2023

Dear friends, colleagues, supporters, and collaborative partners,

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

Sorrowful News. 

The passing away of Merrill Joseph Fernando brings back fond memories of our warm friendship that has lasted many decades and was refreshed when we last met in person on 26th March 2018. 

Above: Malik Fernando, Yasmin Stephen, Merrill Fernando, Felix Stephen & Himendra Ranaweera at the MJF Board room (Lunch) on 26th March 2018.

Merrill Joseph Fernando – 6th May 1930 – 20th July 2023

“Your humility, love, compassion & kindness towards the less fortunate, your steadfastness towards integrity, morals and ethical values under all situations, your continued fulfilment of treasured principles along with the legacy you leave behind will live forever in our thoughts, hearts and minds.” 

Felix, Yasmin & rest of the VACD Family

VACD Australia Chairman’s Annual Report for FY 2022/23 to the VACD Australia Board:

The hyperlink below will take you to my annual report to the VACD Australia board for FY 2022/23:

Save the date: Sunday, 8th October 2023

The inauguration of the VACD Melbourne chapter will take place over a luncheon session on Sunday, 8th October 2023 at the main Clayton Community Centre Hall, Clayton, Victoria. Please save this date in your diaries. More news on this inauguration program will follow via our regular newsletters and local media.

VACD’s Team, Projects, Programs & Newsletters:

Please visit our VACD Webpages to find details of our team, projects, programs, and newsletters. 

Multiple donation options to support our mission:

The following hyperlink will enable you to find all donation options that are available to you on our webpage: 

Donations to VACD by Australian Taxpayers are tax deductible.

Multicurrency Benevity Causes Portal for International Donations:

International donors who wish to support our mission can do so through the Benevity Causes portal via the hyperlink below for all your multi-currency donation options:

A big “Thank You” to all of you…

Our journey is bound to be long and challenging. The official and unofficial number of children and families who need our support are sizeable. We look forward to your continued generosity, active support for our undertaking and you being partners with us in this most fulfilling and worthwhile 11+ years journey that we traverse together.

Please visit us at:  and reach out to us at: should you choose to support our mission. Please share this newsletter with your network! Together, we certainly 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 –