Friends Activities

Supporting the arts in the lead up to Reconciliation Week 2020 during COVID-19

This is the end of the sixth week working from home and the fourth Friends cuppa session.

This week’s discussions focussed on the weather, COVID-18, supporting the arts and Reconciliation Week 2020 - https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/
“The theme of National Reconciliation... read more

Josh Arnold

Launch of ‘Build ‘em up!’

Thank you to everyone who contributed inspiring lyrics and ideas that have resulted in the launch of this musical collaboration between Friends of the Alliance and Small Town Culture.

Josh Arnold has collated contributions and we are very pleased to launch ‘Build ‘em up... read more

Popply

Paying tribute to the ANZACs, the ABC and digital health

On the eve of ANZAC day 2020, a group of Friends of the Alliance gathered for our weekly cuppa during this time of isolation!  The meeting was warm and full of gratitude and respect for the armed forces and the Australian Broadcasting Commision (ABC).

David Lindsay from Townsville opened the meeting by paying his respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander... read more

Josh Arnold

A musical collaboration – let’s build this up!

Thank you to everyone who contributed ideas to stage one of this musical collaboration!

We received so many contributions that really highlighted the hope, resilience and true Aussie fighting spirit in the bush.

The song is dedicated to everyone doing it tough in small country towns at the moment.

The title is ‘Build ‘em up!’ and here’s the chorus:

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Join us for a cuppa - Lynne Strathie

Second week of staying connected with Friends

Today we enjoyed the second  Join us for a cuppa session—a short social opportunity for members and Friends of the Alliance to have some time out and enjoy the company of like-minded Friends. The vibe of this week’s Zoom meeting was one of positivity, innovation and collaboration. None of those qualities are new to Friends, but it was energising to feel them so clearly... read more

Join us for a cuppa

Keeping Friends connected: join us for a cuppa!

On Thursday 8 April 2020 a group of Friends of the Alliance gathered for the first virtual Friends Cuppa get-together. The event was hosted by Friends of the Alliance to provide half an hour for members to have some time out and enjoy the company of like-minded people around the nation.

Chair of Friends of the Alliance, Rachel Yates, opened the meeting with a poem:

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A musical collaboration

Following on from the success of the ‘Better together’ produced by Josh Arnold at the 15th National Rural Health Conference in Hobart in March 2019, Small Town Culture and Friends of the Alliance have joined forces... read more

Friends Photo and poetry competition

Friends at the 15th National Rural Conference, Hobart, March 2019

Every second year brings the opportunity for Friends to come together and engage in some great activities during the biennial National Rural Health Conference.

In Hobart, from 24-27 March 2019 over 1,100 people interested in improving the health and wellbeing of people in rural and remote Australia, gathered to exchange news and views on life in their local communities. ... read more

Winners of the Friends of the Alliance Rural Health Awards announced

The winners of the Friends Rural Health Awards were announced at the 15th National Rural Health Conference.

Unsung Hero:  Bernie Shakeshaft, Foundation Chief Executive Officer, BackTrack.
Youth Award: ... read more