Fundraising in the facilities
07 September 2018
At St Vincent’s Care Services (SVCS), we strive to enrich the lives of our residents, and provide them with support, resources and comfort to enhance their mental and physical wellbeing and help them get the most out of each day. A shining example of the active role residents play in their facilities and in the wider community is the prevalence of fundraising activities as part of Leisure and Lifestyle programs.
Groups such as the Nifty Knitters at SVCS Auburn, the Knit and Natter group at SVCS Maroochydore, and similar groups and individual residents at SVCS Mitchelton, SVCS Bardon and SVCS Enoggera have donated countless scarves, blankets, woollen clothing, toys and other items to charity groups. What begins as an enjoyable pastime and hobby for a resident soon takes on a different focus, and has the positive impact of something greater.
In fact, some facilities have fundraising as a designated activity or hobby. SVCS Kangaroo Point has a group of residents who regularly meet to plan fundraising events and activities. A highlight is the facility fete, which in May this year raised over $3,000 for the Downs and West Community Support outreach organisation, run by Sister of Charity Sr Christine Henry rsc. In August, the site held a Farmer’s BBQ lunch to raise money for A Fiver for a Farmer with the team of residents, families and staff raising $820 to support our drought-stricken farmers (photo above).
How wonderful it is to see our aged care communities coming together to help others, to continue the St Vincent’s mission of bringing God’s love to those in need through the healing ministry of Jesus.