Timor Awakening Notices

Due to COVID19, we have postponed Timor Awakening until further notice. Pending Government directions for travel and COVID19, we are anticipating not being able to travel to Timor until early 2021.  We will be reviewing this based on Government advice. We will get back to Timor as soon as Government and health conditions permit.

For more details from the government on the latest updates on COVID-19 and traveling click below. Please stay safe and healthy.

Timor Awakening Program Overview

The Aim of Timor Awakening is to improve the health and wellbeing of veterans and their families. It is a peer to peer wellbeing program for veterans; composing holistic health education, group therapy, mentoring, physical activity, historical commemoration, and community development. The program is centered around an 11-day immersion in Timor-Leste, creating a disruption from participant’s routine to take pause, learn about themselves, and seize responsibility for a positive direction forward in life.

Click below for more details on our Timor Awakening Experience. if you feel this program is for you then please click the Expression of Interests (EOI) form for our next Timor Awakening.

Anzac day

Our wonderful Gary Stone has recorded a short reflection on the ANZAC Spirit. May we inspire others and reach out to those without the power to protect themselves.

Deacon Gary Stone – the veterans’ padre and president of the Veterans Care Association – talks about the ANZAC Spirit and facing the COVID-19 challenge as a nation.

SOLIDARITY AND FRIENDSHIP WITH TIMOR-LESTE VETERANS

Australian and Timor-Leste Veterans share a special bond. Our joint forefathers defied gravity in WW2 evading capture and mounting a successful campaign against far numerically superior invading forces. The bond was forged with blood, sweat, tears, respect and friendship. In WW2 many Timorese gave everything they had, 60,000 lost their lives, for the survival & mission of stranded Australian soldiers. Since 1999, Australian soldiers have been provided similar hospitality, security and friendship, on operations and as returning veterans. Out of the ashes of 1999 and the darkness of decades of unjust foreign policy, Australian and Timorese Veterans stand united, with hope and conviction, for a future that is bright, just, and peaceful for the next generation of both peoples.

“There should be more programs where veterans share in their health and wellbeing environment together. instead of with civilians who don't necessarily understand veterans’ perspectives.”

“This program is totally different from a doctor's appointment, specialists, open arms appointments or courses. This program is real, it is run by veterans that understand the veterans and veteran community which is better than a 20-year-old from open arms trying to have a respected impact. This program is worthy and an absolute necessity.”

“This opportunity has allowed my wife and I to go through similar experiences in a country that I served in. This has helped me to relate more and connected deeper. This holistic approach has not only helped me heal, but to have witnessed other veterans heal and have renewed outlook on life.”

Testimonials

—  From Our wonderful Timor Awakening Participants

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