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Making Mother's Day special

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Our Homes celebrated Mother's Day yesterday with morning teas, relay races, special gift packs and calls to family.

Bodington had a lovely High Tea to celebrate Mother's Day. All residents were given an invitation to the event and every female resident received a small posy of flowers delivered to them personally. Prosecco and strawberries were flowing and the residents enjoyed sandwiches, quiche, scones with jam and cream and a selection of pastries and small cakes. There was lots of laughter and stories shared. ​

Coolamon Villa in Mullumbimby ran its Mother's Day Classic Relay following a special morning tea. The track weaved through the Home with a total of 160 metres per lap. At the end of each lap, residents and staff received a raffle ticket. Some residents managed to go around the track more than once. As the relay took place a Coolamon Spotify playlist was broadcast over the intercom, setting the mood. Many residents started dancing as well as walking! In total, 94 laps were completed which was a little over 15kms. 

After lunch, everyone met in the lounge room for a special surprise. A video full of Mother's Day messages to residents from all their loved ones was played. By the end of the movie there wasn't a dry eye in the room.

At Holy Spirit Dubbo, the Mums were gifted a lovely plant each handed out by the Home's volunteers. There were lots of smiles as residents received their gift.

At Emmaus Village Kemps Creek, the Home's awesome volunteers came to spread some Mother's Day cheer. Each flower had a message for the Mums of Emmaus.

At St Catherine's Bathurst, one of the staff took lovely portrait photos of the Mums which were then emailed to their families. The families loved receiving the photos and were very appreciative.

At Jemalong Residential Village Forbes, everyone pitched in to make Mother's Day special. A morning high tea was arranged, with the male residents also invited because as one resident said "if it weren't for men there would never be a Mother's Day"! Almost 90 residents participated enjoying beautiful food and entertainment from Judy Prior. Some staff volunteered to ensure a smooth, happy morning.

There was a high tea, raffle, music and dancing at Gertrude Abbott and The Sister Anne Court in Surry Hills. Residents and staff also got active walking around the Homes and enjoying the view from the garden rooftop.

At Villa Maria Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, residents requested a Mother's Day lunch of prawns, mud cake and rose wine. Virtual calls were also set up and gifts presented to the Mums.

With no entertainers able to come into the Home, staff stepped up providing laughs with a fun fashion show and karaoke.​​