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Date:2008-12; Dated: Jul.-Dec. 2008




Mental Health Services -- Australia, Central -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Mental Health -- Periodicals

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Mental Health Association of Central Australia

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Alice Springs


no. 18

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25 The Reclink model is one that requires a network of member agencies to work together to provide opportunities for people to rebuild their lives. I would like to take this opportunity while I can to thank some people who have been extremely supportive of me in coordinating Reclink in Alice Springs: u First of all, my partner Anna who has been incredible in what has been a hectic few months u Mary Meldrum from the Memo Bowls Club u Kate Egan and Robert from AFLCA u Bruce Macgregor from MHACA for running the 8-Ball at the AS Youth Centre u Lisa Anderson form Life Without Barriers who has coordinated two Movie days u Jody Kopp from Aranda House who has been full of enthusiasm and ideas u Mayor Damien Ryan who opened the Reclink Lawn Bowls Classic and presented Trophies at Reclink Football Grand Final Day u Colin Hutchieson from NAB bank and Dave Douglass Tyre City for their generous donations u Jonathon Pilbrow from NTCOSS with whom I share an office and have someone to bounce ideas off u Carmel Williams and the MHACA staff who put up with me dropping in all the time to promote whats happening at Reclink u And to all the Reclink agencies and their staff who have made the effort to get their participants to the Reclink events you, the member agencies, are essentially Reclink so thank you for your continued support of the Reclink network in Alice Springs . I can feel Reclink having a major influence on the community of Alice Springs and am excited at seeing and hearing more positive experiences from those that get involved. X Community Xmas Party 2008 Alice Springs Community Xmas Party is on 18 December at the Town Pool from 4.00-7.00pm. All Reclink Agencies welcome, just say pool party at the gate for free entry CAAAPU-DASA Tigers-Winners of the Inaugural Goodwill Cup This from a man in his 20s When I first came to DASA I didnt know anything about Reclink and the services they provided. I give a big thank you to Sean and Reclink for allowing me to play for the CAAAPU-DASA Tigers (Reclink AFL Team) even though I had not played one single game of footy before. I had plenty of support from my friends at DASA who said its not about winning, its about having fun. The first game was tough on me but I gave it all I had. The next game was the Goodwill Cup against the Salvo Hawks from Melbourne and I was really looking forward to this match. I just had to go out and buy myself a pair of footy boots. In the third quarter of the game I had a head clash with my opponent; I also had a major stitch and a bad thigh that was taped up. I felt I couldnt continue so I went to the bench. The fourth quarter started and there was no one to take my place as they were injured also, so I went back out and played the rest of the game. After the match I received the trophy for Most Courageous Player. That showed me if I put my mind to it I can do anything. So thank you to Reclink and the guys I played with and against. Hopefully I can return the help and encouragement I received and show people how fun we can have if we just get out there and have a go. J This sent in by a woman ... This short note is to thank Reclink for the opportunities in rec activities offered to us. My first day at the centre I was greeted by an enthusiastic, highly spirited group of young men who had won a big football game. [The Reclink Football Grand Final]. They had a big gold trophy and medals around their necks; it seemed the air was alive with enthusiasm and joy. Working through drug and alcohol addiction is one of the hardest challenges many of us here face on a daily basis. We have robbed ourselves of the simple joys in life. Thanks to organisations such as DASA and Reclink we are able to see the big picture and enjoy living without substance abuse. For me, the 10-Pin Bowling and having a go at tennis has been great fun. Through trying these activities my self-esteem grows and so does my courage to give new things a go. L. Stories ... Reclink aims is to rebuild lives through sport and the arts. I was lucky enough to receive some letters from some people attending a drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation centre who attend Reclink activities. I will share two with you ... MHACA consumers with Sean (right) appreciating the range of activities on offer by Reclink If anyone has any good stories from Reclink events or would like to know more about Reclink please feel free to contact me on 0401 735 813 or email sean.durant@reclink.org. Thank You Alice Springs!

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