Care group makes Christ­mas brighter

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

A HEALTHY dose of Christ­mas spirit and bucket loads of gen­eros­ity came to­gether this month when more than 400 guests from seven Bright­wa­ter Care Group fa­cil­i­ties joined forces in fes­tive cel­e­bra­tion.

The cel­e­bra­tions in­cluded high tea and a street-fes­ti­val in­spired out­door Car­ni­vale for the guests from Bel­mont, Carlisle, East Vic­to­ria Park and Red­cliffe.

This year’s not-for-profit cel­e­bra­tion marked the care provider’s first group-wide Christ­mas party.

Bright­wa­ter chief ex­ec­u­tive Penny Flett said the event was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to give res­i­dents a truly mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Putting on an event that any of our res­i­dents could at­tend meant putting a huge num­ber of per­son­alised plans in place, such as ar­rang­ing ad­di­tional time with car­ers, tai­lor­ing menus to suit dif­fer­ent di­etary needs and of course ar­rang­ing trans­port from all cor­ners of the met­ro­pol­i­tan area,” she said.

Buses, taxis, mini buses and even a limou­sine shut­tled guests be­tween the dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions to at­tend the Christ­mas Car­ni­vale.

Dr Flett said though the project was an am­bi­tious one, the pas­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion of those who co-or­di­nated the event en­sured guests felt they were a part of the cel­e­bra­tions.

“There were cer­tainly some unique chal­lenges to over- come... how­ever, it was all worth it when we saw how much joy it brought both our clients, their car­ers and sup­port staff.”

The event was hosted at South Perth Yacht Club with guests rang­ing in age from 18 to 95.

The day cost more than $60,000 and was funded en­tirely by do­na­tions from Aus­tralian Reliance and three other in­di­vid­ual phi­lan­thropists.

“A large num­ber of the res­i­dents who at­tended the party don’t move off site very of­ten, if at all,” Dr Flett said.

“So it was a real treat to get out and about, par­tic­u­larly to a lo­ca­tion near the wa­ter, and cel­e­brate in style.”

Jim Tr­us­cott of Bright­wa­ter El­li­son House and ther­apy as­sis­tant Kathy Ti.

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