Last month, local veterans and community members across the Shoalhaven region, joined together to commence the painting of a mural at the Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre, with the mural depicting the needs and goings on of veterans across the community.
RSL Lifecare’s Jason Grimes (who is the Centre Manager for the Wellbeing Centre) led the initiative, which was supported by veterans and their families, Federal Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips MP, representatives from TAFE New South Wales, the Department of Veterans' Affairs and their families and local community members.
“The painting was a bonding exercise for the community and is one of many activities that the Veteran Wellbeing Centre has in place, encouraging veterans and their families in the region to reach out and seek support alongside one another,” Mr Grimes said.
“Along with the mural creation, we were fortunate this week to also have local surf podcaster, Matt King hold a surfboard art workshop for veterans and community members to draw, paint and write messages on surfboards that would generally go to waste.”
“It was an amazing experience for all who attended and we are eagerly awaiting the completion of the mural to share with the community.”
Local artist, Kade Valja, a regular contributor for RSL LifeCare, was invited to complete the mural, which incorporates aspects of defence, families and the local community.