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Events (25)

Thursday, 22 September 2016 19:10

Black and White Gatsby Night

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For further information , hard copy tickets or dietary information:   contact Belinda : 0438577518 or email Gail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Belinda on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 27 June 2016 11:46

AFOM Ladies Retreat

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A few months ago I was trawling through Facebook when I came across this flyer for a weekend away in the Hunter Valley. This ‘Ladies Retreat’ was organised and funded by AFOM, posted by a lady by the name of Gail MacDonell. After a quick spot of research, I found out enough from Google to know that this was a great organisation and I was a little in awe of meeting this OAM recipient. So a little out of my comfort zone, I booked myself into this weekend away and with nervous anticipation headed to Broke to meet and stay with a bunch of random strangers.

But within a few hours of arriving at the lovely Churchview Cottage, these 6 other ladies weren’t strangers at all. They were like minded Defence spouses and Mum’s, and we all had a hell of a lot of things in common! We shared our stories, experiences, struggles and successes. We spent the next day enjoying a festival ‘A Taste of Italy in Broke’ visiting various wineries, stocking up on some lovely local produce and chatting with the friendly folk from the community. We reluctantly said goodbye on the Sunday to head back to our busy lives, promising to do it all again soon.

And that we did, just this weekend gone! The Cheese Lovers Festival at the Sebel in Pokolbin seemed like a perfect chance to book into Churchview Cottage once more and catch up where we all left off!

So what are the highlights and benefits of all this? Well expanding your circle of friends and meeting new ladies in the same situation as yourself, that can completely understand you is invaluable! As Defence families we are used to moving around often and having to make friends quickly. But there’s nothing like listening to others’ stories to put your own issues into perspective to give you some of that sought after appreciation of your own circumstances. Being so warmly accommodated and looked after by the gorgeous Gail and her equally amazing sidekick Ruth Rogers gives you a whole new sense of gratitude. Jumping in the car and driving an hour (or more) out to the open space and peacefulness of the Hunter Valley really means ‘getting away from it all’ which we all want to do sometimes! Only having to worry about yourself for those blissful 3 days leaves you feeling refreshed and recharged, yet not guiltily penniless, as these retreats are graciously funded, so quite affordable on a budget.

Should you have the chance to join one of these AFOM ladies retreats, I would highly recommend you jump in, feet first and with a smile!

We have been asked to hold another 'Invisible Wounds' workshop.  This time in Nelson Bay, having held successful workhshops in Singleton and Wallsend.  Please see the attached flyer for more information

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Sunday, 17 April 2016 11:30

AFOM 'Poker Run' fundraiser - June 5th 2016

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AFOM are hosting a Poker Run Fundraiser.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  This event will be following by our Community Family Day

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Sunday, 17 April 2016 11:20

Community Family Day - June 5th 2016

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We are holding our first 'community family day' on Sunday 5th June at Lambton Park Bowling Club.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

If you are community and/or miltary related group and would like to be involved with this event, please contact Contact Belinda via email:
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 09:44

Dinner with John Cantwell - May 21st 2016

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It is with very deep regret, that we must postpone the Dinner with John Cantwell until later in the year.


We are hosting another 'Dinner with John Cantwell' fundraiser. 



AFOM is hosting another Lovedale Long Lunch Fundraiser again this year.

Your Excellency David Hurley and Mrs Hurley, General Cantwell, RSM Lesley Hart, Dr Roderick Bain, Honorable Mayor Michael and Mrs Johnson and AFOM Directors,

I am delighted that Gail’s vision to host a dinner to reinforce the importance of military families and the challenges they face has matured. Gail and I had many

Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:48

John Cantwell Singleton Bound

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Being first to arrive at the scene after a car bomb exploded in a busy market place filled with hundreds of women and children is a memory that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

Friday, 06 June 2014 22:44

Support for AFOM

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Despite being a bleak and cold day a wonderful day was had by all, AFOM Directors and wonderful volunteers at Masters at Maitland.

A great first time at BBQ fundraising.

A big thanks to our current serving Director Rob McDonald and his wife Emma for all the organising they did.

Looking forward to our next one!

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March 26, 2019

AFOM 2018 Annual Report

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Singleton Youth Workshop Flyer FINAL
February 27, 2019

A Mental Health Workshop for Parents/Carers of Adolescents

AFOM has collaborated with other organisations to present this workshop. The workshop was organised as a result of community feedback from our Invisible Wounds Projects. This is a topic that concerns so many, so this workshop will be a first step towards… Read more...
May 20, 2018

Mens Retreat - More info to come!

Heads up! - We are holding another mens retreat. Want to get away for a couple of days and enjoy a men’s only camping weekend? Then this is for you! For current and past serving military and front line responders: police, firemen, ambulance officers etc.… Read more...
Rainbow Beach
January 10, 2018

Partners Retreat 2018

AFOM is delighted to collaborate with Operation PTSD Support Partners Forum for this years retreat ! This retreat commences on May 2nd for a week OR if you can only get away for the weekend (a long weekend) that may be able to be arranged as well - It will be… Read more...
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Jan 09, 2018

Charity Dinner and Fundraiser

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Nov 04, 2017

Men's Retreat No 7

Next Men's Retreat/Working Bee 6th December - 10th December 2017 Meet at Mortel's at 10am… Read more...
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May 29, 2017

Invisible Wounds Black Tie, Red Carpet Dinner

Come along and support our Foundation - giving Help, Assistance and Support to our… Read more...
Mar 21, 2017

Mens retreat No 2

Feb 27, 2017

Invisible Wounds Seminar

Bought to you by: When : Thursday March 2nd 2017 Where: State Library Francis St Perth… Read more...
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Feb 27, 2017

Upcoming Seminar - Perth -Western Australia

When : Thursday March 2nd 2017 Where: State Library Francis St Perth Time: 10am - 3 pm… Read more...
Feb 10, 2017

Poker Run and Community Family Day * Note change of Date

AFOM COMMUNITY FAMILY DAY AND POKER RUN Date: Sunday 28th May 2017 Venue: Lambton Bowling… Read more...
Feb 07, 2017

AFOM Mens Retreat

MEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND Want to get away for a couple of days and enjoy a men’s only… Read more...
Oct 16, 2016

Sutherland Shire Invisible Wounds

AFOM Caring for ALL in our Community When: Tuesday 8th November 2016 CLUB ON EAST (was… Read more...

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