December 9: Book Launch

The Old Anandians Association of Victoria cordially invites you to our first formal gathering after almost 2 years, for the grand Launch of Anadhapathi - biography of our bellowed past Principal Col. GW Rajapaksa.

වික්ටෝරියානු ආනන්දයීය සංගමයේ රජත ජයන්ති සැමරුම හා සබැඳි, ග්‍රන්ථ දොරටවැඩුම සහ ආනන්දනීය රාත්‍රිය

Date Thursday, 9 December 2021
Time 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Venue 12 Bank Place, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Dress code Formal with College tie for Anandians, evening wear for ladies.
COntribution $70 for Anandians which includes entry to the event and a copy of the book.  $30 for partners. Canapés, wine and beer provided.

NB: In line with Victorian government COVID 19 health regulations, all patrons must check in upon arrival and provide proof of double vaccination/medical exemption.

Anadhapathi Magazine

In addition to the above, please also note that we will officially launch our new OAAV website at this event.

If you require any further information regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

If you need any further information regarding the above programme, please contact Sarath, Namal , Dushan, Tyrone or any OBA committee members

We hope to see you all at this special occasion.

TBA: Christmas Party



Nov 21:Founders Day Alms Giving

The first calender event for the year 2021/2022, the Annual Founders Day Alms Giving will be held on 21st November 2021.

Date: Sunday 21st November 2021
Temple: Dhammadeepa Meditation Centre – 1240 Western Port Hwy, Cranbourne South, VIC 3977

If you would like to participate in this event by way of a donations for the pirikara or to contribute to the operational expenses of the temple itself, please make your donations to the below OAAV bank account by this Saturday 20th November.

September 30: Blessing for the new committee

In keeping with the tradition, the newly appointed committee’s first activity is to attend a buddha poojawa, seeking the blessings of the triple gem. Given current lockdown conditions, though we are unable to physically attend at the temple, we have organised to participate in this activity via Zoom.
Please see below the details of the Zoom invite to join this pinkama

Date: September 30, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM
Join The Poojawa via Zoom:

We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you, your family and friends to join the Poojawa via Zoom, and look forward to see you all.

September 26 : AGM

Hope you are well and managing these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic, and its associated social distancing measures, has not only disrupted the traditional social interaction of member meetings but also emphasised the limits of physical meetings. Therefore, adhering to current restrictions and in the interest of the health and safety of members, the AGM will be held as a virtual meeting.

Please find attached the notification for the OAAV Annual General Meeting for the year 2021-22 and the nomination form for the Executive Committee.

As per the Rule 15 of OAAV Constitution, the nominee and members who propose and second such nominations should be financial members of the Association and all nominations must be forwarded to the Secretary at least 14 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.’

We kindly request you to register and renew your membership for the year 2021-2022 through our new digital membership platform if you haven’t already.

Date: Sunday, 26th September 2021
Time:    The event starts at 7:00pm with the AGM official proceedings scheduled to start at 7:30pm

Virtual Meeting (Platform / links will be informed in due course)

As per Rule 15 of the OAAV Constitution, the members who are proposing and seconding and the nominees must be financial members of the Association and all nominations must be sent to the Secretary to the address given below at least 14 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.

Please do not hesitate to contact Harinda or any OBA committee members, if you need further clarification regarding the above.

We look forward to seeing you online at the AGM.


May 7, 14, 21: Vesak Dhamma Sermons

To commemorate Vesak, the OAAV has organized a series of Dhamma Sermons throughout the month of May.

It is with great pleasure we inform you that we have invited Ven. Galigamuwe Gnanadeepa Thero, who is currently in Melbourne to conduct these Dhamma Sermons.
Ven. Galigamuwe Gnanadeepa Thero has the uncanny ability in preaching Lord Buddha’s Buddhist philosophy and conducing Dhamma sermons in simple terms understood by the common man.

On behalf of OAAV, we would like to invite our members, family members, and well-wishers to attend these programmes.

Details of the Dhamma Sermons are as follows,

Date Temple Address Time Link
07/05/2021 Dhammadeepa Meditation Centre 43, Hemmings St, Dandenong 8.00pm
14/05/2021 Dhamma Sarana Temple 329-335 Greens Road, Keysborough 8.00pm
21/05/2021 Shakyamuni Sambuddha Viharaya 125, Holmestead Road, Berwick 8.00pm

Dhamma Sermon 2021

The devotees who wish to participate in offering Pirikara for the Thero and towards the improvement of the temples, may make their contributions by calling Harinda Senaratne (0435 710 852) or Panduka Kanathigoda ( 0433 894 399).

If you need any further information regarding the above programme, please contact Namal or any OBA committee members

TBA: Fund Raiser - High Flow Oxygen Concentrator

In under 24 hours we have secured positive responses from our members, with pledges to cover the cost of an Oxygen Concentrator. We have now secured an Oxygen Concentrator, to be urgently procured in Melbourne, and shipped via logistic channels of the Australia Sri Lanka Medical Aid Team (AUSLMAT). This Oxygen Concentrator is earmarked for delivery to the Bandarawela District Hospital. We thank you immensely for your kindhearted generosity in helping achieve this goal, in such a short time. 

In alignment with our association’s values, the OAAV continues to support multiple Covid initiatives. Each will result in benefiting all needy Sri Lankans. We are pleased to have been able to contribute even in a small way.  As we continue our battle against a common adversary, further donations can be made to the Australian Covid Appeal For Sri Lanka. Please see below a link to the donations page.

Further, the OAAV is working with a Melbourne manufacturer of medical grade masks and face shields, which are further items we plan to dispatch in the future. If you require any further information regarding the project, please do not hesitate to contact any one of the following committee members.

Covid appeal 2021 

While continuing to support multiple Covid Initiative in Sri Lanka, The Old Anandians Association of Victoria (OAAV), is elated to have contributed to the Australian Covid Appeal for Sri Lanka (ACAS) හුස්මට හයියක්, and AUSLMAT.
Between these charities we have now donated $15,000 R.R.P worth of urgently required lifesaving medical supplies, direct to the hospitals in Sri Lanka.
· 10,000 level-3 surgical grade face masks
· 2,000 Face Shields
· 1 x High Flow Oxygen Concentrator
· 30 x Pulse Oximeters
This is not a small achievement, and our sincere thanks go to you, our members who have generously dug deep to assist in every way possible. With remaining funds, we plan on making a further final contribution as we wrap up this initiative.

As part of our COVID-19 ‘’Give them hope so they may breathe’’ community service project, OAAV donated 3 ICU patient monitors to National hospital, Colombo, Army hospital, Colombo 5 and Colombo South Teaching hospital – Kalubowila, respectively.
In addition to that, OAAV donated a High Flow Oxygen Concentrator and 30 Pulse Oximeters to the Banadarawela Hospital while giving a helping hand to the Australia Covid Appeal for Sri lanka, donating 10,000 level 3 surgical face masks and 2,000 face shields which have a retail value of $12,000.

Furthermore, as OAAV was part of many COVID related projects, we were able to contribute more than $20,000(AUD) during this year. OAAV would like to thank all the donors who helped us in numerous ways to make this project a success.

If you require any further information regarding the project, please do not hesitate to contact any one of the following committee members.

March 27 : Battle of the Maroons

The 10th Annual Battle of the Maroons will be held on Saturday 27th March 2021 at Barry Powell Reserve, 57 Halton Road, Noble Park North from 12.30 pm to 8.00 pm.
It is a day full of entertainment for the whole family topped up with some great Sri Lankan street food, sounds of the Papare & DJ while catching up with good old mates in the spirit of the “Big Match”.
This will be the first-ever big match that will be played under lights in Melbourne while being live-streamed on

Date: Saturday 27th March 2021
Location: Barry Powell Reserve, 57 Halton Road, Noble Park North

12:30 pm to 8.00 pm

This year we have the following matches lined up for the event,
*The Ananda-Nalanda Battle of The *Maroons (T20 game)
*Over 40’s game
*A Rugby 7’s game

In addition to that, KIDS, you’re more than welcome to come and enjoy the jumping castle along with your friends just like last year!

Limited edition T-Shirts are available to purchase and please reserve yours by contacting,
Namal : 0433 961 537
Harinda : 0435 710 852

20210327_battle_of_maroon_shirt sponsorship

Note: The event is strictly run in accordance with current COVID-19 restrictions and up to date Government advice.
See you all there!

20210327 Battle of the Maroons

For further information, please contact Namal or any OBA committee members

March 7 : Clean-up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day has successfully grown each year to make this community event the largest annual environmental campaign in Australia. This Day is now firmly entrenched in the Australian calendar. It is an apolitical, non-profit community campaign in which everyone can participate.

This year’s Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday 7 March 2021.

Every year hundreds of thousands of Australians help clean up their local environment on Clean Up Australia Day. It is a lot of fun and everyone can take part.

In the past, we have had more than 20 volunteers (Old Anandians and their family members) taking part in the cleaning up activities. After the cleaning up activities were over, all of us were feeling elated knowing that we have made a small contribution to the country we call home now, by participating in this important event.

Once again we have selected Mordialloc Creek and Epsom wetlands as our designated site. We need as many volunteers as possible on the day.

We are planning to commence clean-up activities at 8.30am and conclude by 12 noon.

Meeting Place: Car Park next to the J Grut Reserve in Mordialloc.

Date 7th March 2021 (Sunday)
Time 8.30 am to 12.00 noon
Place Mordialloc  Creek and Epsom Wetlands (Melway Ref: 92 G2 – H1)
Meeting place Car Park next to the J Grut Reserve (Mel ref 92 H1)

Clean-up Australia Day 2021 Clean-up Australia Day 2021

For further information, please contact Namal, Tyrone or any OBA committee members


Dec 13: Blood Donation

We are embarking on our 2nd blood donor drive for the year. As you may know currently only 1 in 30 people donate blood, but 1 in 3 people will need blood sometime during their lifetime.

Modern processing techniques ensures that a single blood donation, when separated into its components, can help at least 3 different patients and contribute to making up to 22 different products (including potentially life-saving immunisations for chicken pox, hepatitis B and tetanus). The majority of donated blood goes to people with cancer, as well as people who have suffered traumatic accidents, burns or those undergoing surgery.

Date: Sunday, 13th December 2020
Time:    Time slot run in 15 minute intervals, starting from 9:45 am to 11:30 pm

Mt. Waverley Donor Centre
Pinewood Shopping Centre
43 - 45 Centreway, Mt. Waverley 3149

New donors must be enrolled prior to a team booking and can do this online at (click Log In then Register Account) or by completing and submitting a copy of the attached New Donor Enrolment Form.

Please ensure the appointment table and any enrolment forms are submitted to us no later than Friday 27 November.

It is also important your donors check their eligibility to donate at 

Blodd donation

For further information, please contact Tyrone, Wiji or any OBA committee members

Dec 12: OAAV Christmas Dinner

OAAV is unable to have our Christmas Party & family Night as usual. However, we have planned a Christmas Dinner for our members.

Date: Saturday, 12th December 2020
Cost: $35 per person

Function - 6.30 to 11.00pm
Buffet - 6.30 to 9.30pm
Music - 7.00 to 11.00pm
Drinks can be purchased at the bar


Cinnamon’s Restaurant, St Kilda.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate children in this event. There are limited spaces available currently and if you wish to join, please contact Mr. Tyrone Seneviratne (0417 382 660) to reserve your place.

For further information, please contact Tyrone or any OBA committee members

Oct 25:Founders Day Alms Giving

A warm welcome to all of you for our next OAAV event. Each year we undertake the dana to give thanks to the founders of our alma mater, thanking them for their foresight and fortitude.  Given the current Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s alms giving will take place under very different circumstances.  Since we are unable to attend in person, we have organised for the dana to be prepared and delivered to the following temples in Berwick, Keysborough, Dandenong(Cranbourne), & Rockbank.

Date: 25th October - Temples - Berwick, Keysborough, Dandenong (Cranbourne)
27th October - Temple - Rockbank

There will be a total of 15 priest receiving dana in these four temples.  We look forward to your kindness and generosity in donations for the Pirikara ($50). Further, you can also contribute to the operational expenses of the temple itself. Below are the OAAV bank details. Please make your donations to this account, and notify the following members via email and specify your preference (Pirikara Or Temple Expenses)

Whilst the process of undertaking and delivering this dana under current conditions may be somewhat alien to us, the merit and blessings would in no way be diminished. We thank you for your kindness and donations in this meritorious act.  

You can also join the OAAV YouTube Channel to watch a special sermon from Ven. Yassassi Thero on Sunday at 7:30pm, by clicking on the YouTube icon in the emailed PDF or following this link

Founders Day Alms Giving 2020

For further information, please contact Namal, Tyrone or any OBA committee members


We invite you to attend our events. Our members are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the organization and how you can join. Prospective members are welcome to learn more about us by attending an event.