Thank you Hervey Bay community! 2018 Fair Haven Aged Care Fete

A big thank you everyone who supported Churches of Christ Care’s Fair Haven Aged Care Service fete on Saturday July 21.

A great day was had by all, made possible through the support of individuals, groups and services from our generous Hervey Bay community!

Live entertainment

The day was jam packed with live entertainment and performances from six talented local performers: Melomania (two young cousins), The League Studios (dance studio), Kim McNaught, Craig Larsen (acoustic performance), Taylah Miller (16 years of age Fraser Coasts Got Talent winner), Just us (husband and wife duo).

Kids' entertainment

Kids made great use of the jumping castle, bubble stations, organised games and plenty of fairy floss was consumed. The local Churches of Christ Care Family Day Care and Seniors Living Services were on hand to provide information and their staff were busy handing out information packs and talking to people.

A big thank you to:

  • State Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen who attended and spoke about the wonderful impact our service has on the local community
  • St James Lutheran College our next door neighbour for their generous loan of marquees and sound gear and their student B’Jae who ran the sound on the day
  • Hervey Bay Lions who cooked the food. Thank you Tom Gould and team!
  • RSL Hervey Bay gave us a community grant and loan of a BBQ trailer

Funds raised

Money raised from the fete goes directly into Fair Haven’s Lifestyle Program to continue to enable us to provide a meaningful, enriching and individualised program for the residents.

Fair Haven Lifestyle Therapist Amanda Clarkson said “We had an absolutely fantastic day. Residents who were able, independently brought themselves out to look around while staff
and families supported those who needed assistance so that everyone had an opportunity to participate.

“Families provided donations for stalls and spent the day in the outdoors with their loved ones. Off duty staff volunteered their time to wander through the fete with residents. Everyone enjoyed sitting and listening to the music and looking at the various market stalls, vintage cars, motorbikes and Dunga Derby Vehicle on display.

Community engagement

“It was wonderful to see residents out and about with the biggest smiles on their faces participating in a community activity that would not have been possible without our onsite location and community support.”

“We often take for granted our ability to actively engage in our community and our team at Fair Haven endeavour to make this possible for every person whenever we can, I am so grateful that our community has embraced us and all that we are trying to achieve.”

Balloons donated to Hervey Bay paediatric ward

After the Fair Haven Fete, leftover balloons and colouring in items were delivered to the Paediatric Ward of the Hervey Bay Hospital. Fair Haven resident Kathleen Hankinson helped with the delivery.

“She had the biggest smile on her face as we dropped them off,” Amanda said. “When we returned she was so excited to share where we had been and what she had done with staff and other residents.”

“The joy our fete brings to our community and the meaning and impact it has on the lives of our residents is the reason we do this event every year. It’s so rewarding to be part of this,” Amanda said.

Posted August 14, 2018 in News