As you read this we are about to deploy on our second Timor immersion. We have 22 participants and six staff , that will join a similar number of Timorese veterans in country.
We welcome to our team Wayne Smith as our Admin Co-ordinator and Merryn Thomae and Bob Breen as Pastoral Carers.
Special thanks to Michael and Kirsten for many hours of preparation to get this programme running. Thanks also to Stewart Cameron, Scott Denner and all at RSL Qld for funding this programme.
We will be tailoring this trip to have more reflection time and more informal engagement with the Timorese.
Apart from Timor Awakening, the work of VCA continues to grow and expand with continuing requests to provide holistic health education and numerous requests for individual assistance. We are continuing to grow our membership and volunteer base, as well as our strategic partnerships.
Recently we have been working with mates4mates, Toowong Private hospital , Brisbane Catholic Education, Knights of the Southern Cross and Vietnam Veterans Federation. RSL Care is a major sponsor in funding our staff expenses and many other donors have assisted with gifts.
Your care is supporting many veterans and their families.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge is a major supporter, recently writing to all Catholic schools, hospitals, parishes and other church agencies, asking them to support veterans with special recognition during Veterans Health Week 22-30 October. He also said ” I commend the work of the Veterans Care Association. They are a community of committed veterans, working voluntarily to minister to our veterans… Your graciousness in supporting them would be greatly appreciated.” Thanks Archbishop Mark .
Please pray for us as we travel through Timor 17-28 September. This is challenging work, but absolutely beneficial. Our next gatherings are on Sat 22 Oct at 11:00 at mates4mates Milton for a Timor Awakening workshop, on Sun 20 Nov at 12:00 at Kookaburra Cafe Paddington for our VCA AGM and Christmas function, and our annual retreat at Andelaine, Natural Bridge from 7:00pm Fri 25 Nov to 1:00pm Sun 27 Nov. All are welcome.
Thanks for your support. Peace be with you.
The Veterans Padre
Veterans Care Association Inc
Holistic Care for of Body Mind & Soul for Veterans, Families & Carers