The Military Art Program Australia is a not for profit organisation developed from a desire to provide access to greater services and free classes in arts, for the benefit of current and former serving Defence Force veterans. The programs materials, facilities and services, together with the donated time from our program artists, are provided through fundraising, donations or supplied from sponsors. Through this we are able to provide regular monthly art activities, developed to provide an exploratory experience in a range of visual arts.
Trudy Grow (wife of RAEME member Damian Grow) and her friend, Tara, manage the “TnT Giving Tree on Facebook”. The role of TnT Giving Tree is to collect donations from community members then they distribute hampers, food/clothing packs, toys etc. to needy families. So far they have distributed a couple of dozen family Christmas packs this year, and the group runs all year round. The group is very proud of the difference they make to other people’s lives, particularly at this time of year. Damian contacted the Committee to advise that TnT Giving Tree is happy to donate to a needy family for Christmas. So, if anyone knows of a RAEME family who could benefit from some assistance please let me know. Julia (Welfare Advisor).
More information can be found here.... https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=giving%20tree
We are long bombarded, in the lead up to Christmas, with media messages that the “Silly Season” is a time of joy, happiness, delicious food and social events where we enjoy the company of loved ones and many friends.
Well, this may be the case for some but, for others, it can be a time of intense loneliness; chaos and pressure due to all the obligatory activities (cooking, socialising, ‘perfect’ present buying etc) and the stress caused by family conflict/arguments or not meeting others’ expectations.
According to research Christmas is a time of year when many people experience a high degree depression, anxiety and sadness. According to US data (I couldn’t find specific data for Australia), there is a greater incidence of suicide and attempted suicide at Christmas time, and mental health professionals report a significant increase in patients complaining about depression. One North American survey reported that 45% of respondents dreaded the festive season.
BHP Billiton Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie today announced 19 finalists for the 2016 BHP Billiton Health, Safety, Environment and Community Awards.
One of the finalists was James ‘Muk Muk” McNeilage. James was a VM for many years before moving into mining at BMA then shifted to Newman into the Field Maintenance Superintendent role at Mount Whaleback .
All the finalists demonstrate best practice in sustainability from across BHP Billiton globally and today’s announcement recognises and celebrates the innovation and commitment they made to making their workplaces and our communities more sustainable.
James was recognised in two categories:
Health for Project: ‘Hydraulic test bench’ and the Sustainability Leadership Award
This is a great example of RAEME Ingenuity shining through to work smarter and safer!
The Association would also like to congratulate James on his outstanding efforts.