70 years of Nambour RAAFA
THE Royal Australian Air Force Association is a group dedicated to supporting ex-servicemen and women, but to its members it is much more than that.
In 2017, the Nambour branch of RAAFA is celebrating 70 years of mateship and camaraderie, and the committee is inviting any interested ex-air force personnel to join them for a meeting and a meal.
"We have a very active branch that meets each month at the Nambour RSL Club for a meeting, lunch and fellowship," president Bernard Ballantine said.
"We pride ourselves on being a really friendly association and welcome any new members that wish to join.
"We are all about fellowships, friendship and fun and also meet each week at the Nambour RSL for a coffee and catch-up.
"Anyone who served with the RAAF, RAF or any allied air force is welcome to become a member ... we also welcome family members of those who have served in the air force."
In addition to socialising and providing support for one another, the RAAFA also raises funds for Air Force Cadets and supports services such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.
Dough Campbell OAM QGM first joined the air force in 1945 and became a member of the RAAFA soon after.
"When we first started off, the main focus was on the early reunion, and it was just men who were in the branch originally," he said.
"Then one of the old members decided we should have wives or girlfriends coming as well as social members and we'd all have a meal together so that's followed on throughout the years.
"One of the things I like about it is selling the memorabilia when mothers come with their kids and tell them 'These men are responsible for our country that we've got today', and the kids look at you ... in a lot of cases it brought tears to my eyes."
For more information contact secretary Penny Wilson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0418 198 619.