We are pleased to report that despite the many challenges presented by the Covid situation, our Veterans Care support has continued apace, and has seen us developed new opportunities and resources, at the same time as dealing with a steady flow of individual requests for support.
In our June newsletter, we reported how programs were being developed for delivery in July and September from the amazing St George’s Defence Retreat on the Gold Coast at peaceful and picturesque Rainbow Bay.
We have successfully delivered the first program which had a focus on training and developing pastoral carers and peer mentors. 23 participated. We are now in position to deliver an Australian-based version of the Timor Awakening program in September.
We will review and evaluate both programs in October with delivering the next versions of them again in the new year. Participant comments included:
Batteries recharged, Magazines reloaded; I want to change for the better now; It’s been a very rewarding experience.
I am feeling much more relaxed about personal issues. I feel less anxious and determined to follow through on changes I’ve written for my goal setting.
Particular credit must go to Michael Stone and our staff team for responding so quickly to developing and delivering these new programs.
While we look forward to getting back to Timor at some stage (but probably not before mid to late 2021) we now realise the potential of the Gold Coast as a place to deliver complementary programs.
We are now putting in place plans for delivering 8 day programs in February, May, August and October next year, with contingency for delivery either on the Gold Coast or Timor-Leste as travel permits.
On TA13 we spent a day at Veteran David Freeman‘s 160 acre organic farm In the Currumbin Valley.
David both took us through his nutrition workshop, but also reflected much about the similarities between the nurture of plants and the nurture of humans. David did this in the most entertaining of ways. He is keen, and we are keen, for the possibility of mutual development into the future with his farm becoming a type of Veterans Retreat where Veterans can come, stay for a day or longer and both volunteer and be nurtured.
David already has volunteering days on every Wednesday. Veterans can work in the nuture and rehabilitation of crops on his property in return for a plentiful supply of fruit and vegetables.
At the same time, they get nurture to their bodies minds and souls in the beauty of this marvelous setting.
David is also keen to assist us at the RIAK retreat in Timor-Leste and the training of the Timorese in Organic farming with high yields. More pictures and reports from TA 13 are available on our website and Facebook pages.
Please keep Saturday 14 November available for our annual Christmas party and Annual General Meeting which we will hold at the Mates 4 Mates facility at Milton.
We have really missed our more regular get-togethers which provided wonderful times of fellowship, and beyond COVID, we look forward to more regular gatherings.
Our team comes together every Monday at 2 Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove and any individuals needing or wanting a bit of fellowship are welcome to come and join us for lunch around 12 pm.
We continue to be grateful for the generous financial support of individual veteran donors , as well as RSL QLD , Bolton Clarke and now the Gold Coast City Council. Please visit our website: www.veteranscare.com.au to renew your membership or make a donation.
Together we are making a positive difference to the lives of veterans and their families , and slowly but surely, by inspiration and demonstration, moving the veterans paradigm from sickness focus to wellness focus.
May God bless you, and may you be filled with love and joy and peace as member of this Community of Care
God bless you
Your Padre Gary
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS