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7th April 2022 Latest News

Supporting Veterans to Find Their Light

Four men in suits standing behind a big photo of a male veteran reaching out to a beam of light.

When Ram Seshadri was asked why he donates so generously to Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (MESHA), he said the answer was simple: he and his late wife Prabha wanted to support those who have sacrificed so much for us.

Ram lives by the Japanese philosophy Ikigai, meaning to find your purpose in life. By donating to MESHA, Ram’s sense of purpose is fulfilled, knowing he is not only helping our service men, women and their families, but he’s also continuing Prabha’s legacy.

Their connection with veterans began when Prabha worked at the Repat Hospital in oncology, where she remained for over 35 years. Ram was also affiliated with the Repat as he was studying haematology at Flinders University.

“I used to visit the Repat quite regularly and I managed patients who were veterans,” Ram said.

“There was one veteran I met who really made an impact on me. He’d lost both his legs, but despite this he was still so resilient. I realised how strong veterans are despite all the challenges they face.”

Ram’s connection with the Repat further deepened after the loss of Prahba, Ram said:

“The staff helped me organise a monument at the Repat Hospital which I visit every time I’m in Adelaide.”

Ram has been supporting MESHA for a number of years by funding research grants in his late wife’s name, in lieu of leaving a bequest.

“This is my purpose. If you have a purpose in life, you keep going. I believe everyone must have Ikigai to keep moving forward.”

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Once again, Ram has generously donated funds through the Prabha Seshadri Veteran and Emergency Services Mental Health Grant, which will be used to support several research projects.

One project will support the evaluation of the Voice of Light program, co-founded by light painting photographer Denis Smith and veterans Darren Edmonds and Paul Gormley.

The three came together in June 2021 with a shared vision of an innovative and creative, peer-facilitated recovery program for veterans and first responders living with service-related mental health challenges.

This program uses light painting photography as a medium for participants to be able to tell their stories and convey their feelings without the need or pressure to find the right words. It’s conducted over seven weeks including individual six-hour sessions, one local overnight session, three days at the Flinders Ranges and a private and public exhibition of participant-created imagery.

The grant, which was announced at MESHA’s 14th Annual Remembrance Day Breakfast last year will be used by MESHA to conduct a two-stage evaluation of the Voice of Light Program.

MESHA is extremely grateful for Ram’s support over a number of years and we look forward to updating you on the progress of this evaluation.

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