‘How are you?’ It’s a question we ask each other all the time, usually in passing. There’s one answer we expect to receive: ‘good’. And then we all get on with our day. Every now and then, we’re reminded that ‘How are you?’ is a really important question, and that we need to listen beyond the standard response. R U OK? Day on 10 September is the reminder we all need right now to check in with the people around us, and to really listen.
The AFP Former Members Association was very saddened to hear of the passing of one of our members on 4 May 2020. Andrew Palmer Warry was a Retired Sergeant, and he passed away aged 68 years. On Friday 15 May 2020 AFP members both serving and retired will form a Guard of Honour on Benjamin Way, Belconnen as a final mark of respect to him.
The AFPFMA Bush fire fundraising appeal raised a total of $19,116.72! A fantastic effort that demonstrates the generosity of former AFP members and the broader Blue Family. To ensure all those eligible for assistance are supported, we now seek your help in ensuring we know who they are.
Great turnout today, for our first AFPFMA virtual coffee catch up. What a success! Thanks to all who turned up, very enjoyable with lots of laughs, which is what it’s all about. We gas bagged for over an hour and was well worth it. Zoom is a great way to have an on-line meeting and get together in these difficult times. It’s very important to look after our mental health, so reconnecting is a great way to do that.
With many in self isolation, it is important to look after our mental health. One tip that we have is be kind to each other. These are difficult times and the AFPFMA are here to help it’s members with some sound advice.
An update for all those who donated to the AFPFMA bush fire appeal. Our recipients are very appreciative of the help you have given, and half the money raised has been allocated already. The first round of payments of $1,000 each was given at the end of January 2020, with a second round of $2,000 given to each recipient at the beginning of March, totaling $9,000 so far.