Anglican Care Auxiliary Celebrates 60th Anniversary

on the Friday, September 8, 2017

Anglican Care held a luncheon earlier this week to celebrate this milestone and honour their members at Awaba House. The Anglican Care Auxiliary was established in 1957 and is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers who have had various levels of involvement with Anglican Care over the past 60 years. The aim of the Auxiliary is to raise funds for Anglican Care and further enhance the lives and wellbeing of residents and consumers.

Presidents and committee members both past and present, who have volunteered so much of their support and time over the years were in attendance, along with Pat Korsman (Auxiliary member since 1979), Audrey Clark (Auxiliary member from 1996 – 2017) and recently appointed President Beryl Brownlow, who was on hand to cut the cake and celebrate this momentous occasion in the history of the Auxiliary.

The luncheon was also be attended by Lake Macquarie Mayor, Ms Kay Fraser, who talked about the value of volunteering, along with Anglican Care Chairman John Kilpatrick and CEO Colin Osborne.

Auxiliary President Ms Beryl Brownlow said she was honoured to be a part of such a wonderful group that enriches the lives of others.

“The Auxiliary over the years has given so much to the Anglican Care community, but for all the hours of service to others, it must be said that we get just as much delight as those who benefit from our work, if not more,” Ms Brownlow said.

The Auxiliary work tirelessly every year on special events and functions that raise funds to go back into the Anglican Care community that help provide all those little extras that contribute to the quality of the lives of residents and clients. Over the 60 years, the Auxiliary has raised in excess of $500,000 dollars.

Their most recent initiatives includes the implementation of the industry recognised ‘Rene’ Lifestyle Resources Van, a modern take on a mobile library that gives residents and consumers the opportunity to borrow books, games and puzzles. The Auxiliary has also funded the soon to be announced DART program (Directed Action Response Team). This project is currently being piloted at McIntosh Court and is an individualised program to improve the quality of life of our residents with dementia and their carers via the use of lifestyle related nonpharmacological interventions.

“The talent, enthusiasm and support of the Anglican Care Auxiliary is truly a blessing to Anglican Care and has been for many years,” said Anglican Care’s Marketing Manager, Kylie Jacques.

“All of the volunteers are an invaluable asset to our residents, family members, staff and the local community. They play such an integral role within Anglican Care bringing to life so many initiatives, and for that we are so very grateful”.

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Pictured: Former President Audrey Clark, current President Beryl Brownlow and former President Pat Korsman had the pleasure of cutting the cake in front of 60 guests at the Anniversary function