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Veterans Care Association News
October 2016

Dear friends,  

We are celebrating an amazing year of support to Veterans and their families in 2016. Please join us for our two remaining gathered events of the year to hear details of our achievements:

• Timor Awakening workshop – 10:00-13:00, Sat 22 Oct at Mates4Mates Douglas St Milton;

• VCA AGM and Christmas party – 11:00-13:00, Sun 20 Nov at Kookaburra Café , Given Tce Paddington

Our second Timor immersion experience was very well received by participants. 

Comments include: 

“I felt a sense of release everyday with every experience”

“I have struggled for 15 years with a lot of demons before this trip- now ‘I'm free of them ”

“Extremely loving and supporting environment. I come home a different, richer person”

“I use to blame everyone else, now I can forgive myself”

“Staff were amazing and did a great job making me feel valued and supported”

“Timor Awakening is such a proper name for this experience. It awoke my senses again, brought me joy, laughter and a sense of pride”

We learned and adjusted from our first experience and had more time for reflection, less travel and more quality engagement with the Timorese.

We thank our leader Michael and the team of Kirsten, Bob, Merryn, Wayne and myself who facilitated this experience, but the real work was done by participants who opened themselves up for healing and dared to risk revealing their demons to the Light.

We continue to be amazed and inspired by the Timorese who display such faith, hope and love, persistence, resilience and forgiveness.

We are currently discerning participants for TA3 which has a Timor immersion19Feb–1Mar17.

At VCA in SEQLD we continue to be engaged with many community events. Coming up we have the:

• Homeless Vets Sleepout at Dorrington Park on Sat 15 Oct,

• DVA Veterans Health Week Stall in StStephens Cathedral grounds on Tues 25 Oct from 1100-1400.

At our request Archbishop Mark has asked every Catholic agency, parish and school to do something to honour veterans and their families during the week 23-30 Oct.

Regular holistic health education continues to Soldier Recovery Centre courses and Junior Leaders courses as well as various other church and social groups.

See our latest activity on our VCA and Timor Awakening Facebook pages.

Our office and drop in centre is fully functional at 2 Victoria Park Rd , Kelvin Grove. Please drop in to see us.

Thank you all for your support, especially major sponsors RSL Qld and RSL Care, but including all who receive this.

Your annual $25 subscriptions (due now) and other donations all add up to helping families recover from distress.

For the love of God and our neighbours in need, yours in gratitude. Peace be with you.

Kind regards,

Gary Stone

The Veterans Padre 
Veterans Care Association Inc
Holistic Care for of Body Mind & Soul for Veterans, Families & Carers 

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