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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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34 Mental Health Week u Mental Health Week u Mental Health Week Tues. 7 Oct. - Dinner with Jonathon Welch Glenise giving her guest speech at the beginning of the night Glenise, Mardijah and Claudia looking lovely! The Reclink Choir conducted by Morris Stuart Jonathon with Rita, Phil (NTCOSS Darwin) and wonderful MC on the night, Russell Goldflam A full-house enjoying a superb 3-course meal poolside at the Crowne Rangi, Brian, Lynne, Bernadette & Bruce enjoying a pre-dinner drink A HIGHLIGHT of MHW this year was the gala dinner featuring Australian of the Year Local Hero 2008, Jonathon Welch. Best known for his role as Director of The Choir of Hard Knocks, Jonathan inspired an audience of over 140 people, poolside at the Crowne Plaza over a 3-course dinner. Jonathons message behind this inspiring success story is accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative. When you believe in the best in people, you help to bring out the best in people, as evidenced by the new-found comaradarie and significant life changes experienced by all of the members of the choir. Also on the agenda was our local Reclink Choirwho opened the evening (thank you Peta Boon and Morris Stuart); and MHACA consumer and guest speaker, Glenise Alexander, who spoke beautifully of her inspiring journey of recovery as well as acknowledged the gift that Jonathon had given to members of the choir: What I liked about the Choir of Hard Knocks and Jonathons work was, What you can be was shown. People with a mental illness. Homeless people ... Just people made beautiful music they were believed in and they were valued. This is what can make a big difference in a persons life and is part of the recovery journey. The event was hosted by Russell Goldflam who equally inspired us with his warmth, compassion, humour and MC skills. I think I can safely say it was a truly memorable night for everyone The key guest of the night, Jonathon Welch Fiona, Jane and Tracey at the Mental Health Carers table who attended. X

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