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VACD Australia & Sri Lanka June 2024 Newsletter

Dear friends, colleagues, supporters, and collaborative partners, Greetings to you, your families, loved ones, and colleagues from all of us at VACD. Observing Vesak at our VACD Badulla centre:   Vesak is the most important festival observed by Buddhists as it commemorates the birth, enlightenment and passing of Gautama Buddha.   Staff, parents, and children at our Dora Jeanne Centre in Badulla celebrated this event on Sunday, 26th May by attending a sermon delivered by the clergy...

VACD Australia & Sri Lanka May & June 2024 Newsletter

Dear friends, colleagues, supporters, and collaborative partners, Greetings to you, your families, loved ones, and colleagues from all of us at VACD. Delightful News – VACD Ambagasdowa Centre relocated:   Our VACD Ambagasdowa centre  sponsored by Teardrop Hotels – (https://www.teardrop-hotels.com/) was relocated to new premises on Thursday, 9th May.  The determination and efforts of Col. Kumarasinghe – Secretary VACD Sri Lanka, directors Mr. L.M.P. Lankadikara (Retired Deputy Chief...

VACD Australia & Sri Lanka April 2024 Newsletter

Dear friends, colleagues, supporters, and collaborative partners, Greetings to you, your families, loved ones, and colleagues from all of us at VACD. VACD Australia has a new Director:  We are delighted to welcome Mr. Roderick (Rod) De Sylva as a director at VACD Australia, effective 22nd March. Rod and his wife Suzanne (see below) are talented, capable, and generous individuals who have sponsored and supported our mission since inception. They paid our Bandarawela centre a visit while...

VACD Australia & Sri Lanka March 2024 Newsletter

Dear friends, colleagues, supporters, and collaborative partners, Greetings to you, your families, loved ones, and colleagues from all of us at VACD. Senura Engineering staff visit to our Bandarawela Centre:  Staff from Senura Civil Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd, (https://www.facebook.com/SenuraCE/) stationed in Bandarawela paid our Bandarawela centre a most welcome and delightful visit on Thursday, 222nd February to provide our children with food, school bags and stationery that was most...

VACD Australia February 2024 Newsletter

Dear friends, colleagues, supporters, and collaborative partners, Greetings to you, your families, loved ones, and colleagues from all of us at VACD. Observing Thai Pongal at VACD  VACD’s leadership team, staff, children, their families, and local supporters of our mission observed Thai Pongal, the Hindu/Tamil harvest festival on Friday, 19th January 2024 by making offerings at the Sri Sivasubramaniya Swami Temple in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka. Thai Pongal is a multi-day Hindu Harvest...

VACD Australia January 2024 Newsletter

Dear friends, colleagues, supporters, sponsors, and collaborative partners, “Heartfelt greetings and our very best wishes to you, your families, loved ones, and colleagues during 2024 and over the coming years” - VACD Australia & Sri Lanka teams. Delightful News: The 2023 United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed at our VACD centres in the most delightful way, thanks to the Department of Social Services team from the Uva Provincial Council. This team...

VACD Australia October/November 2023 Newsletter

Dear friends, colleagues, supporters, and collaborative partners, Greetings to you, your families, loved ones, and colleagues from all of us at VACD! We Warmly Welcome Our New VACD Australia Leadership Team Member – Ms Aloyna Taylor to our VACD Family: We are delighted that Aloyna has joined our team as VACD Australia’s ‘Head of Digital Communication’. Her role is to assist VACD develop our social media presence.  Aloyna is a specialist in digital communication, a Neuro Change...

VACD Australia August/September 2023 Newsletter

Dear friends, colleagues, supporters, and collaborative partners, Greetings to you, your families, loved ones, and colleagues from all of us at VACD. VACD Sri Lanka Tour Highlights & Notes in Brief:  After months of careful planning, Yasmin and I embarked on our self-funded official VACD tour of Sri Lanka in late September of which here are some of the key highlights: Meeting with Mr. Himendra Ranaweera – Deputy Chairman, Ms Jayanga Wegodapola – Legal Officer and Mr. Subramanian...

VACD Australia July 2023 Newsletter

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...

VACD Australia June 2023 Newsletter

Dear friends, colleagues, supporters, and collaborative partners, Greetings to you, your families, loved ones, and colleagues from all of us at VACD. Uplifting News!!!  Parents, VACD staff and the local community joined hands at a working bee on Monday, 5th May to prepare our new VACD centre premises in Ambagasdowa for its official opening. Local community support, local legislative endorsement and local government cooperation are of critical importance for missions such as ours to...

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