St Peter's aged care give residents a "ripper" Australia Day barbie
01 Feb 2018
The St Peter’s Aged Care crew in Lane Cove gave a hearty “G’Day!” to their residents and more than 60 fellow attendees at their annual barbeque celebrating Australia Day, last week.
Residents of St Peter’s Aged Care were joined by their family, friends and local community members on the lawn outside their home on January 25, one day prior to the official public holiday, enjoying sausages cooked by Residential Aged Care Manager, Dan Brice.
Lamingtons, sandwiches and other cuisines made an appearance, appealing to people of all ages including a younger crowd of visitors to the event.
The crowd were never short of activities, with a balloon artist onsite creating everything from kookaburras to crocodiles; a professional face-painter, a singer/entertainer performing traditional songs and even unintentional entertainment, like the crowd of excited pups that joined their owners for a stroll throughout the event.
The activities weren’t solely enjoyed by grandchildren, but residents too. Many residents were found taking part in the face painting and singing, showing profound enthusiasm for renditions of Waltzing Matilda and I am Australian – and proudly sporting illustrated koalas on their faces.
Many of those helping out at the event included volunteers, a growing group in the Lane Cove community. Dan Brice says volunteers often don’t realise how valuable they are to the residents of St Peter’s.
“Having volunteers join us, even if it’s only every now and then – is so cherished by the residents,” he says. “They really appreciate interaction with anyone, particularly those outside their own circle. Some residents don’t have family members who can visit them - this is where the merit of volunteers really comes in.”
Dan says that on events like Australia Day and other annual days of celebration – volunteers are particularly integral to the success of the event.
“We have a lot of opportunities for people to come and help out,” he says. “There’s always something to do, even if it’s just a chat or a phone call.”
The event concluded with many locals putting their hands up to volunteer at the next event – purely for the fun that was clearly created by this one.
“It was a real ripper of an event,” laughs English-born Dan Brice, practicing his Aussie lingo. “We’re stoked with the turnout.”