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A month of celebrations for our silver jubilee

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In July, Catholic Healthcare celebrated its silver jubilee, a remarkable journey in which we now enrich the lives of 6,000 residents and clients, supported by 4,000 employees and 1,150 volunteers.

25th anniversary celebrations were held across the organisation to ensure everyone had the chance to be involved. These included:

  • A special mass at Mary MacKillop Chapel in North Sydney followed by a Gala dinner at Doltone House Hyde Park in Sydney.
  • Foundation Day events across all our services where more than 300 employee service awards were recognised.
  • Personal stories video message. Click here to watch the video.
  • 25-year commemorative celebration book.
  • A ‘Win A Wish’ Competition where 25 residents and clients had their wishes granted ranging from motorbike rides to camel rides, an art gallery experience and lunch with friends. Click here to watch the video.

Some ‘Win A Wish’ stories highlighting the virtues of ageing and enriching lives:

Six residents from St Joseph Aged Care in Hunters Hill had their wish come true with a dining experience at the famous Doyle’s seafood restaurant at Watsons Bay. They arrived at Doyle’s chauffeur driven in a white stretch Hummer, and then enjoyed a delicious seafood lunch whilst overlooking the magnificent panorama of Sydney Harbour. It was a truly memorable day for the residents. Read the full story here, Girls just wanna have fun

Resident, Betty, from Emmaus Village in Kemps Creek chose a camel ride for her ‘Win A Wish’.

Betty, turning 90 years old in September, has always been up for an adventure. For her special day, Betty and her carer Debbie travelled from her home to Birubi Beach at Anna Bay, near Port Stephens. The weather was perfect and the day was fabulous. The camel driver walked them through the sand dunes, down to the beach; and even walked them through the water. Betty loved it and said next time she’d like to go motor bike riding! Read the full story here, You’ve camel a long way

A resident at Villa Maria Centre, Unanderra, Keith’s Art Gallery of NSW Experience included a private guided tour of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. Being an accomplished artist in his own right and a regular visitor of art galleries throughout much of his life, Keith said, “It felt like being home again.” Keith thoroughly enjoyed his day and beaming from ear to ear said, “It was the best day of my life.” Read the full story here, Feels like home again

Harley Davidson enthusiast and resident, Barry, got the whole of Bethlehem House going with his wish where 12 residents took up the offer of a trike ride with Easy Rider tours taking them from Kogarah, through Sans Souci to Dolls Point and return. Read the full story here, Born to be wild