Timor Awakening Experience
Under the inspiration and sponsorship of RSL Qld, Veterans Care Association is offering to deliver a pilot programme of renewal and rehabilitation for 200 Australian veterans and 140 Timorese Veterans, centred around 10 immersion experiences of 11 days duration in Timor-Leste with first deployment commencing in July 2016.
The name for this project is Timor Awakening (TA). Whilst the immersion and concentration component of this program is 11 days in Timor-Leste, the program extends over a period of 12 months of engagement, follow up, pastoral care and guidance.
Veterans Care Association has done extensive scoping and planning to facilitate an inaugural Timor Awakening that deploys on 17 July 2016, with a second deployment to commence on 18 Sep 2016.
Expressions of interest for the Feb and April 2017 Timor Awakenings is currently available at www.veteranscare.com.au. Applications (EOI’s) for the 2016 programs have closed (filled), and applications for Feb and April 2017 will close on 1 October 2016. All unsuccessful applicants will be followed up pastorally to explore alternative pathways.
The conduct of TA will be seen as a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of veterans, will provide inspiration to the fledging Timorese veteran community, as well as enhancing the broader relationship between our two nations. The TA pilot programme will significantly enhance the image of RSL Qld as the leader in providing holistic care to our veterans, and will be warmly received by RSL members desirous of seeing Veterans caring for Veterans in accordance with our charter.
Timor Awakening, a QLD initiative, has been designed to meet the criteria of five of the key objectives of the QLD RSL, with a clear focus on Objects 1 and 8 from the QLD RSL constitution.
- Provide for the sick, helpless, wounded, aged, vulnerable, destitute and needy among those who are serving or who have served in the Australian Defence Forces and their dependants;
- Perpetuate the close and kindly ties of friendship created by a mutual service in the Australian Defence Force or in the forces of nations traditionally allied with Australia and the recollections associated with that experience;
- Maintain a proper standard of dignity and honour among all past and present members of the Defence Forces of the nation and to set an example of public spirit and noble hearted endeavour;
- Encourage Members, as citizens, to serve Australia with that spirit of self-sacrifice and loyalty with which they served as members of the Australian Defence Forces; and
- Provide welfare to the sick, helpless, wounded, vulnerable, aged, destitute and needy.
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