on the Wednesday, July 24, 2019
This week, Catholic Healthcare is celebrating 25 years of health and aged care service right across the organisation.
Catholic Healthcare held events across its aged care homes, community wellness centres, and retirement villages, where more than 300 employees also celebrated their service awards. Special celebrations will also be held over the coming weeks across many regions in which employees, residents, clients, families, media, and members of the community will attend.
Catholic Healthcare’s Managing Director, David Maher said, “Today marks a significant milestone for Catholic Healthcare as we celebrate our 25th birthday, our silver jubilee. We have much to be proud of and much to look forward to.”
"Today, we celebrate the care and support we have provided over the past 25 years, and we celebrate our colleagues who are passionate about the wellbeing of our clients. It is also an opportunity to reflect on our achievements and challenges over the past 12 months," he added.
Some of the highlights include:
Several 25th-anniversary events were held this year to ensure everyone had an opportunity to be involved. These included:
Six residents from St Joseph Aged Care in Hunters Hill (pictured) 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. “I would like to express, on behalf of our group from St Joseph’s, our appreciation for the gift of ‘Dine at Doyle’s Experience’ in the ‘Win a Wish Competition’. It certainly surpassed all we could have dreamed of. We are grateful to you for this ‘once in a lifetime experience’”, said Sister Margaret.
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, a hire car picked Betty and her carer Debbie up from the home and brought them 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 so they could go swimming without getting wet.
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 his life.”
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