News & Events

Coming Events - 2017

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State Meetings -

18 September 2017 - General Meeting and Annual General Meeting
Meeting to be held at the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) office, 140 St Georges Terrace, Perth         


Christmas Luncheon
To be held at Ravenswood Hotel - Thursday 14th December 2017
Menu, cost and travel information will be emailed to members
                             
Sausage Sizzle
Saturday 16th September 2017 - Bunnings Store, Balcatta
Roster to be set up - please contact Debbie via 1300 553 835.

       

Group Meetings

Bunbury meets 1st Tuesday of the month at Bunbury RSL
Hillarys meets 4th Thursday of month, 10.00am, The Beach Shack, Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Midlands/Hills meet 1st Tuesday of the month, 9.30am,  at the Dome Coffee House,
Cale Street, Midland
South West Group meet 4th Tuesday of the month, generally at TPDV Baldivis

Email or phone us to find out more about our WA groups. 
Phone 1300 553 835 or use the 'Contact Us' section of the website.

 

Branch News - 

Rosemary for Remembrance

Rosemary Clipart fro WA

Every year WA P.V.A. supplies Rosemary bushes to each group to give to someone special who they feel is a worthy recipient. This year the committee were unanimous that we would donate them to the fire ravaged Yarloop. So on Friday 28th October Ellen and Bev drove to Yarloop to meet with Les, who accepted our gift. Les told us of some of the events that happened at Yarloop when the fire struck. It is so sad and as he was a fire fighter, he saw all. He and his partner lost their house even though he felt he had prepared it well.

The town is slowly beginning to rebuild and one of the first was the War Memorial site. It was wonderful to see this and as they had planted rosemary bushes already Les has said our bushes will be planted at the new fire station when it is built. (He said it was the next to be built and he will take care of the plants till then). Les now works tirelessly as a welfare officer for this area. It was sad to see the distruction of the town but good to met Les and hear of the rebuilding. We look forward to visiting in the coming years and seeing the rosemary bushes at the Fire Station.
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Ellen 
and Bev then drove to the town of Harvey a short distant away to see the War Memorial there which had been designed by Les. Again another interesting place to visit. Ellen and Bev returned to Perth but not before these two old ladies were stopped on the South West Highway at lunch time by the Police. Yes it was a booze bus stop. I am pleased to say my driver Ellen passed with flying colours and much laughter. 

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Could you be helping your children or grandchildren study?

Just checking that all of our members know about The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) scholarships that could financially help your children and grandchildren?

We recently watched our son and other students receiving their scholarships this year in Perth, and it was inspirational to hear the stories of earlier winners. But for me the really emotional moment was watching all the veterans standing up tall beside their children or grandchildren. Clearly they felt so proud to see their family benefitting from their service.

AVCAT awards up to 60 scholarships each year to students at any Australian university, TAFE or registered training organisation.

There are several different types of scholarships with different eligibility requirements. The amount varies from $3000-$5000 per year of the course…and we all know how valuable those extra $$$’s can be when you are a poor student!

It is also great to find out that 74% of the scholarship recipients complete their full studies – this is much higher than the national average.

Students apply between August and October each year, and about 1 in 6 applicants are successful. Details of the veteran’s service need to be included, and the selectors look at three key things when deciding who to select each year:

  • Which candidates have the academic ability and drive to complete their course?
  • Which candidates are most limited by their financial circumstances?

  • How do candidates' personal circumstances impact on their studies?

Read more at www.avcat.org.au  or contact the AVCAT team - they understand how hard it can be to ask for help, and make it easy to just talk things through. Email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (02) 9213 7999.

 Ginny Dadd Photo for Website article AVCAT