FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MELBOURNE see ATHMA LIYANAGE live in concert at the Besen Centre in Burwood.

Contact: Prasanna Sedara 0411 342 200




Short Film Festival 2015



SCATS Hopper Night 2013 : Fund raiser for ongoing charity work in Sri Lanka , Please support us by participating.



SCATS wishes you a Happy, Prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

Living away from our country of origin we haven't forgotten the wonderful and valuable traditions that have been passed on to us by fore-fathers. Lets carry these traditions on and ensure that they are followed for generations to come!

Hospital Equipment Delivered!

We are happy to announce that the 30 electronic hospital beds, 12 wheel chairs, and other medical equipment have been distributed to 3 hospitals in rural Sri Lanka, in January 2013. The equipment was received by the hospitals with deep gratitude.

A big Thank You to all our generous donors and Southern Health for providing the equipment.

We hope that we will be able to send more equipment in the future, including much needed Dialysis machines.


Loading of equipment




SCATS 20th Anniversary Event Program



Shipping of hospital equipment to rural hospitals in Sri Lanka

Mar-Sep 2012

Seniors and Family Get-together and Fund Raiser

Mar 2012

Short Film Festival

Jun 2012

SCATS Art Competition

Apr-Sep 2012

SCATS Technology Competition

Apr-Sep 2012

Song, Dance and Drama Training Workshops

Mar-Sep 2012

20th Anniversary Raffle

July-Sep 2012

‘Rasa Kalasa’ Seniors Concert

Jul 2012

‘Rasa Kalasa’ Cultural Event

Aug 2012

20th Anniversary Celebrations

Sep 2012

Sri Lanka Tourism Exhibition at the Queen’s Hall, Victoria Parliament

Nov 2012

SCATS Publication

Nov 2012

Continuation of the ‘Sisu Saviya’ Scholarship Program for under-privileged secondary school students.


20th Anniversary Celebrations

Our 20th Anniversary was celebrated with a colourful ceremony on the 30th of September 2012.

The event was a full-house, with His Excellency Adm. Thisara Samarasinghe as the Key Note Speaker and several Hon. Members of Parliament as special guests. We looked back over the 20th year path we have traveled and reminisced some of its key highlights. At the same time we looked towards the future with our plans for the coming years.

The awarding of trophies for the winners of the arts and technology competitions was also done at the event. In addition, the 20th Anniversary raffle was drawn at the event.

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Hospital Equipment for Rural Hospitals in Sri Lanka


As our main social welfare project for the 20th Anniversary year, SCATS has undertaken a project to send hospital equipment to Sri Lanka.

We have already received hospital beds and wheel chairs, and are collecting a few more items. We will undertake to ensure that these will be sent to most deserving hospitals with urgent needs.

We welcome your generous contributions towards the cost of freight.

For further information, please contact: Sachini 0433 020234


RAFFLE: Currently underway. Please support us by buying a raffle ticket.


NOTICE: As we had to change our 20th Anniversary Event date to 30th September due to unavoidable circumstances, we have had to move the drawing of the raffle to this date as well. We apologise for any inconvenience.



Special 6-page Anniversary Supplement on Pahana Newspaper - September Issue


To commemorate our 20th Anniversary, a special 6-page supplement on SCATS was included in the September issue of the Pahana community newspaper. (pages 33-37)

The supplement highlighted SCATS' history, photos of past events and congratulatory messages.

You can DOWNLOAD the PDF File here.


Rasa Kalasa (18th August) and Rasa Kalasa-Seniors (29th July)

We held two Rasa Kalasa cultural events within three weeks of each other. Both events were carried out successfully and had very good audience participation.

The 18th August event was held in a more impromptu manner with audience members invited to come forward and lead a song for the audience to sing along. The Seniors event showcased a range of plays, songs and dances that were the result of the Song, Drama and Dancing workshops held since April and sponsored by the Brimbank City Council.

Rasa Kalasa -18th August- MtWaverley
Rasa Kalasa Seniors Concert -19th July - Sydenham


Free Training Classes in Singing, Drama and Dancing (Western Suburbs)

With a generous grant from the Brimbank City Council, SCATS have organized free classes in singing, drama and dancing for anyone who is interested to join.

The classes were conducted by experienced and qualified teachers - Mr. Srinath Maddumage, Dancing by Vishardh Keshala Aparekka and singing by Sangeeth Nipun Manori Wijegunawardena. They were held in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne from April to September 2012.

For information  please contact:

  • Dr. Wilmot Perera 9390 9554
  • Mahinda Dissanayake Divulgane 0470-148856

SCATS Technology Competition

We have launched a technology competition this year to elicit bright tech ideas and give them a platform. The categories are:

  • STUDENT : for secondary school students
  • YOUTH: for ages 18-24
  • OPEN : 24 and over
  • SRI LANKA: Inventions/ Ideas with specific applications to Sri Lanka. (examples: Dengue control,  tourism-related, reduce road toll, novel export products)

There is no limit to the number of applications per person as long as the submissions are not related to each other. Closing date for submissions is: 20th July 2012. Winners will be annouced at the SCATS 20th Anniversary Event (23 Sep 2012).

Application and the full advertisement (including conditions) can be downloaded at:



For further information,  please email or contact Dr Hemantha Rohitha (0409 007 457) or Sumudu Perera (SCATS Coordinator - Secondary and Youth categories) (0418 117 634).


SCATS Short Film Festival

10th June at the Shirley Burke Theatre


The event was a great success with the audience treated to 8 works of cinematic art by talented film makers, professional and amateur, in Melbourne. The theme was 'In Transit' was selected to elicit the experiences of migrants to Australia. Since September 2011, several film making workshops were held covering various topics such as script writing and cinematography.

All eight films will be made available online shortly.

This event was possible thanks to a generous grant from the Kingston City Council.

Click here for more information, or contact: Upa Upadasa 9884 6820, Dr. Senake Perera 9565 1140


SCATS Seniors (West) - Hopper Night

SCATS Seniors held a very successful Hopper Night on 31st march as a fund raiser for the 'SCATS House' community centre. Over 350 people attended this function and were treated to delicious food and music.

Congratulations to the organizers for a great effort!

Hopper Night


AGM 2011/12

The Annual General Meeting was held on the 11th of December at the Mount Street Neighbourhood House (6, Mount St, Glen Waverley) from 10am to 1pm.

The new committee was appointed on the day, and the 20th anniversary activities were discussed.

The notice can be downloaded from this link: AGM Notice


Senior Citizens' Day (Western Region)

The very active seniors group in the Western Region held the annual Senior Citizens' Day on 29 October 2011. The attendees were treated to a number of song, dance and drama performances from this talented and committed group.

Several of the speakers commented on the importance of organizing such events for the seniors in the community in order to help improve their quality of life and to pass on their skills to the next generation.

Snrs Day


Sight First Charity Ball 2011



SCATS' Sight First Charity Ball was held on the 15th of October at the Box Hill Town Hall, and was a roaring success. Over 340 people dances and dined merrily while helping to raise over AU$8650 for the Lions Sight First Hospital.

Kumar+Stephy Combo and DJ Ashan J provided an eclectic mix of music to cater for both the young and old while Cha's Cabin presented a wonderful spread of Sri Lankan and Western cuisine.

Profits were donated to the Lions Sight First Hospital in Hendala, Sri Lanka where many low-income cataract patients will benefit from eye operations. SCATS have supported this hospital over the past five years, raising close to AU$50,000.

SCATS Past President Sunil Arachchi handing over the cheque to the President of Hendala Lions.

Past President Sunil Arachchi handing the cheque to the President of Hendala Lions.

SCATS Youth - Careers Seminar for VCE and University Students

With a generous grant from the Dandenong City Council, this free event was organized by the SCATS youth to assist VCE students to choose their future career path.

A number of speakers from different career disciplines presented to a keen audience. It was held on the 21st of August 2011 at the Punt Hill Conference Hall, Dandenong.


SCATS Short Drama Festival 2011

The Malini Jayasinghe Memorial SCATS Short Drama Festival was held on the 30th of July at the Chandler Community Centre. The event was sponsored by the City of Greater Dandenong via a generous grant.

Five short plays were performed with actors coming from a variety of backgrounds and ages. The packed audience was enthralled by the quality of the performances, with several exceptionally talented actors standing out.








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