February 2018 News

Happy New Year!!

Please join us for our next gathering:

WhenSaturday 17th March 2018
Time10:00am – 1.00pm (includes lunch)
Where: Mates4Mates – Douglas Street Milton

We at VCA are determined that this be the best year of our lives yet!

Preparations are well under way for our sixth Timor Awakening which will deploy into Timor from 8 to 18 April with 22 participants and 5 staff. Each time we embrace lessons learned and suggestions from previous participants, and this trip will be slower paced and provide more times for sharing and reflection.

We will still be engaging with many Timorese and staying overnight in Dili, on the beach at Likisa, and in the fort at Balibo. Our briefing day for this trip is Sat 17 March and we welcome previous participants to come and share their experiences too. We are hoping to show our own produced video from TA5 Commando Return. The qualitative report from this programme is enclosed here. Special thanks to our VCA Clinical Psychologist, Chris Hully, for her outstanding work displaying in graphic form how people improved across every domain of health and wellbeing.

We have finally been recognised by DVA with the award of a one off $73,000 Grant to trial life Coaching for Veterans through funding Michael Albrecht for the next 12 months.
This is a great affirmation of our work. Michael has been a great asset to us, and we commend anyone to approach him for Life Coaching, which can be done face-to-face, or over the phone.

Special thanks to Rob Vicary at The Gap for offering Veterans and their families a free 1 hr massage and reflexology assessment. From experience I know Rob offers a great service. Rob was our Founding VCA secretary and is a professional Therapist. Click here to download the voucher.

In coming week, we are deliver health and well being education to various RSL and church groups, as well as participating in the DVA Mens Health Peer education programme.

Michael will also be off to Timor for a recon for TA6 as well as starting dialogue for TA 7 – 9-19 Sep 18, and 2019 trips involving Anzac Day in Dili and a 20th anniversary of Interfet trip in Sep 19.

Please drop in to see us any Monday morning at 2 Victoria Park Rd Kelvin Grove or any Tuesdayat Veterans Support Group, Leagues Club Drive Nerang.

I leave you with some kind words from Former Commando David Lynch who wrote to us after TA5…”Two months ago I embarked on Timor Awakening and it has had a profound effect upon me . The generosity displayed by Gary and Michael towards us and the Timorese people was unlike anything I have encountered in 77years.- truly the embodiment of caring people. I was able to immerse myself right from the start to absorb myself in the nurturing of body mind and soul which is at the core of your beliefs. Being with you has been the singular enduring emotional and physical experience of my life.”

Please join us on 17 March at Milton

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