”The Will To Get There” by Dave Vanags

“The will to get there” – at the beginning of the 60’S JFK who had committed to putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade asked a leading rocket scientist what would be required to put a man on the moon before this decade was out?

He was likely expecting a reply that we needed this much money or this technology but his answer was simple…“The will to get there” and that is the answer to all of the challenges in the world today. As long as we have the will to get there we will.

We have seen so many things achieved because we had the will to get there. We could solve world hunger, poverty and homelessness if the world simply had a will to get there. We could bring people together instead of dividing them for political gain if we simply had the will to get there.

And that is what I love about the Vanags Family & friends Charity Night. A group of likeminded people coming together that dared to dream that “we will get there”. 13 events later and over $206,000 raised and you have all confirmed that “we will get there”

”I Want To Live” by Dave Vanags

Mental health challenges SUCK, yes you heard me right they suck!

I am very emotional right now and thought it might be the worst time to write a post, but you know what? It’s the best time to talk about a subject that needs to be talked about.

Mental health issues, anxiety, depression, the black dog or whatever you want to call it impacts every part of our lives every day. Not a day goes by where we don’t see the news of someone taking their life…a soldier, a celebrity, a sports person, a young child, and there are countless others every day we never hear about. And why? THEY DON’T WANT TO DIE THEY JUST DON’T KNOW HOW TO LIVE.

I was going to make this address on the charity night and I will but need to send this message now – SUICIDE IS NOT A SELFISH ACT! You don’t want to die but you just don’t know how to live!

Chad Robinson didn’t want to hurt his family and his friends; he just didn’t know how to cope with tomorrow. I am so glad we chose the Chad Robinson Foundation (I wish it never existed) but it does, so let’s make Chad’s passing not be in vain.

”Change The World” by Dave Vanags

We have been overwhelmed with the response to the launch of the 2018 Vanags Family & Friends Charity Night. I wanted to reflect on what that means to us, along with the event and the movement you have all created going forward.

From the ashes of tragedy you have all helped build an event that says “we can make a difference and we can change the world”.
I am an avid reader and have followed many great teachers in my life. The one lesson that resonated with me is that “you can change the world by changing yourself”. This is so true on our journey together, because we simply gathered to help other people, and we sent a ripple out into the ocean of the world.

We had someone come to us a few years ago after one of our events and tell us they volunteered for an organisation. Another person told us today that the cause we are supporting this year struck a very personal chord with them and they are on board. That is simply how you change the world.

We all watch the evening news and become so frustrated about how complicated and sad the world is and you simply have two choices – you yell at the TV and do nothing, or you support a simple idea like the Vanags Family & Friends Charity Night, make a stand and say “WE CAN ALL DO BETTER”.

Thank you to all who have started, supported & encouraged this endeavour. Hold on tight as we are all about to make a HUGE impact in the area of mental illness with our 2018 event.

The Sanctuary – The Hills Women’s Shelter

The Sanctuary, The Hills Women’s Shelter aims to provide temporary supported accommodation for women and their children in times of crisis. 

Established in 2016, the aim is to provide a safe, non-threatening environment for women that will assist them through their emotional and physical crisis, as a result of homelessness and/or domestic violence.  The safe haven is a large renovated home featuring six bedrooms, five bathrooms, two kitchens and two lounge areas catering for between 25-30 people at a time.

The shelter costs approximately $400,000.00 annually to run and relies on the support of the community. 

On 18 June 2016, the 13th Vanags Family Charity Night raised $30,000.00 to support this worthy cause.