From owning just a dress to studying for a university degree in Psychology

It’s always nice to hear a good news story from the Motherland, so here’s something that gladdened our hearts.

No doubt you’ve heard of SOS Children’s Villages who run the most wonderful and loving homes for children throughout Sri Lanka. Whilst you may think they are 100% supported by an international NGO, that’s not the case. They’re currently funded partly by people like you and I.

Back in 2001, a young girl, Anjalika, arrived on their doorstep. Alone and frightened by her new surroundings she took some time to settle in. After all, going from being without a close family to being planted in the middle of a large one was a whole new experience for her.

But, she had such a strength of will she was determined to do something with her life.
Tears of pride.

Under the care of a loving mother and surrounded by a host of siblings, she flourished. “O” levels sailed by; “A” levels took a lot of work and her strength but she received top grades and many smiles of pride from her entire SOS family.

A coveted place at a Government University beckoned and was accepted.

Today, 3 years on, she’s ready to take her final exams after studying for a BSc in Psychology.

The pride of her SOS Mother is palpable; the smiles of awe of her younger siblings are humbling to see.

We think it’s amazing what SOS Children’s Villages are doing back in Sri Lanka, but it proves beyond doubt that the human spirit is alive thanks to those people (people like you and I) who supported them and enabled one child to achieve the greatest height.

If you’d like to support SOS Children’s Village in Sri Lanka and help other kids achieve what Anjalika did, then give them a quick call on [+94 11 270 2712) or click here to be taken to their website.

How many other children can achieve their life’s dream?
A lot more with our collective help.

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The Catalina  – Luxury Senior Independent Community Living in Sri Lanka

Catalina : Executive Summary

♦ Target market is fit and active senior Sri Lankans living overseas and in Sri Lanka

♣ Aged 55+, educated and wealthy, seeking a ‘Country Club Resort’ lifestyle in Sri Lanka

♣ Living independently, but with easy access to all services and amenities

♣ Living in a fun, safe and exclusive community of like-minded people

♣ Opportunities to engage in organized activities, hobbies/pursuits and community work

♦ 22 luxury villas, built on approx. 5.75 acres (23,400 sqm; 252,000 sqft) of landscaped grounds

♣ Two air-conditioned bedrooms, single storey, free-standing deluxe villas

♣ Designer finishes to Grade A standards, each with open plan pantry/kitchen, living/dining room and a private terrace

♣ Emphasis on community, wellness and lifestyle

♣ Strict attention to quality of finishes and services

♦ Spacious, luxury villas set in landscaped tropical gardens

♣ 200sqm built area (approx. 2,150 sqft), nestled in individual garden plots of 435sqm (approx. 4,700sqft ; 18 perches)

♣ Villa ownership via freehold, with access to shared community areas and facilities

♣ Purchased off plan via instalment payments

♣ Property marketing and leasing service for villa investors

Target construction commencement in Q3 2016, construction completion by 2020

♣ Architects: SwPlus(Principals: Christine Walbeoff, Shyamika Silva) | Legal Counsel: FJ & G De Saram

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Personal Leadership & Lifeskills Program for Youth

(click here or on the flyer to visit the ULTC Sydney website)

Download the PDF file .

Built on a foundation of effective communication, the ULTC Personal Leadership & Life Skills Program for Youth is a unique program designed for youth aged 10-18 years, to create self- awareness as a key to personal development and personal leadership so that they can live their lives to their fullest potential. 

Purpose of ULTC is to develop self-confidence in youth and build up their self- esteem so that they are able to create their own unique path to success – success as defined by them, not a definition borrowed from others.

Our aim is to create well-balanced, all-rounded individuals who are independent and self-reliant, but comfortably interdependent.

The unique feature of ULTC program is the learning of skills through facilitator led interactive peer learning sessions in a fulfilled environment.  Our focus is on incremental development through continual hands on practice. The way the program is structured, it allows plenty of opportunity for the members to practise the skills taught in each session.  

 In addition to public speaking, presentation and debating skills, they will learn essential life skills such as interpersonal communication, creative problem solving, organisation, time management and teamwork skills, and workplace etiquette.  The personal leadership skills taught are skills that can be applied in all educational, career and social settings throughout a member’s life.

We strongly believe in empowering our youth at an early age to face and deal with the ever-increasing demand and challenges of the current world and define and achieve their own path of success in their life.

The program is delivered on a fortnightly basis on Sundays at Baulkham hills Community Centre, Windsor Road Baulkham Hills.  There are eight sessions per semester and two semesters per year. Please refer to the attached program detail.

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Shen Yun – Sydney Lyric Theatre – (7-11 February 2018)

A Gift from Heaven

IN ANCIENT TIMES, China was known as the Land of the Divine. Everyone, from emperors to the common people, believed that their culture was a gift from heaven. They lived in harmony with the universe and saw a connection among all things. Traditional Chinese culture carried these principles for thousands of years—until this world was lost.

We now invite you to visit this lost civilization. To make this journey possible, we have pushed the boundaries of performing arts. We combine ancient legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops. We let classical Chinese dance do the storytelling, and share with you beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions. Filled with an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Tickets: Sydney Lyric Theatre: Feb 7–11, 2018

Contact: Alice Wong for further details or visit website

0404 756222




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Quantum Fitness – Introducing the “Power Plate”


How I managed to get my 87 year old mum back on her feet and confident…

I’m at an age where many of my relatives are quite elderly and finding it difficult to move around. I hear stories – reluctantly told – of them being “trapped” in their home; of not being able to do the things we take for granted. Of feeling alone. And somewhat helpless.

We can go to for a walk or a swim to ease our joints. They can’t.

But what if we could take the equivalent of the gym to them?

The reason I raise this is I received an email from an old friend of mine in Colombo. He’d recently returned after spending many, many years in NZ and his elderly parents were not having such a good time.

Here’s what he wrote.

              “My elderly mother was diagnosed with osteoarthritis for several years. In 2016, she had several falls and sustained fractures.

My mother was a very active person and to see her walking painfully slow, hunched, and with a walker, was truly shocking to almost everyone that knew her. So, in January 2017, after 42 years of their life in New Zealand, I brought them back to Sri Lanka. My mother travelled in a wheelchair, with great difficulty.

I’ve been closely involved in helping people stay fit and healthy most of my working life and I had been reading about ‘Whole Body Vibration’ and about Power Plate® in particular.  Power Plate® stimulates the body’s’ natural reflexes, facilitating a rapid reflexive muscle response through the sensory receptors of the muscles. It is the only machine in the industry that meets the standards needed to be certified as a class IIa medical device by the EU’s regulatory body.

I also discovered that, in research studies, Power Plate® can be a helpful parallel therapy to reverse bone loss and osteoporosis, increasing leg strength by as much as 16%, and bone density in the hip by 1.5%.

 This is what I wanted for Mum.

 I was intrigued by its benefits and got my mother a Power Plate® machine to see how it would help her in her recovery. Initially, she used it by standing on it for about 2 minutes a day and steadily progressing towards 10 to 15 minutes over a period of 1 to 2 months.

3 to 4 months later, my mother’s progress was so fabulous that she no longer needed a walker to get about. She is now relatively upright in her posture and has been able manage each day with no recurrence of the severe pain she used to have. She does use a walking stick, for confidence, when she goes out-doors.

I attribute these amazing changes to Power Plate®. With a combination of a superb doctor (who was able to reduce her pain medication, thus making her less-reliant on pharmacological agents) and a very talented physiotherapist who totally understood what my mother needed, I can see what significant synergies Power Plate® has played in getting her to a state of independent living where she can move around freely.

And what that has meant to me is that I have been able to lead a normal work life.”

Armed with this info, I made some enquiries back in Lanka as I thought this Power Plate would suit my 2 Aunts who live together in Borella. I tracked down the stockists to Quantum Fitness and arranged for a demo at their home.

I had to rely on my Sis who was there and she sounded very, very pleased the next time we spoke. In fact, she told me to get one as she hadn’t seen her Auntie’s as happy in a long time.

The upshot is that I did buy a PowerPlate and had it delivered.  It took about 3 months for it to have a big effect on both their mobility and arthritis pain.

Now, like my mates Mum, they’re not exactly running around, BUT they are out of the house again, doing some gardening and visiting friends.

Are they happy? Oh, yes.

Am I happy? I couldn’t be happier.

If you want to have a demo for any of your relatives back in Sri Lanka. Here’s the telephone number. +94 11 x xxx xxxx. The website address is

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