Help­ing hand

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

The Kata­matite Dance Group has given res­i­dents at Irvin House a new rea­son to smile, rais­ing $2250 for the aged care fa­cil­ity to buy a new smart TV for the lounge area.

Co­bram District Health com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Bruce Nay­lor said the new TV would help Irvin House ‘‘step into the 21st cen­tury’’.

‘‘It will al­low us to stream events from around town and do things like movie nights and have themes, which will be fan­tas­tic for the res­i­dents,’’ Mr Nay­lor said.

The Kata­matite Dance Group has a his­tory of kindly giv­ing back to the health sec­tor and Irvin House in par­tic­u­lar.

‘‘We have do­nated be­fore, usu­ally to Irvin House or the on­col­ogy depart­ment in Shep­par­ton, which we will do again but we are wait­ing to see ex­actly what they re­quire,’’ dance group mem­ber Rus­sell Leskie said.

‘‘It is the sec­ond time we have do­nated here. The last time we did so it went to­wards the build­ing of this fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity.’’

Jo McDow­ell from Irvin House said the TV’s im­pact on res­i­dents would be pro­found.

‘‘It is go­ing to change th­ese peo­ple so much and make a huge dif­fer­ence. The res­i­dents will be able to talk to fam­ily mem­bers on the TV through Blue­tooth,’’ she said.

Mrs McDow­ell said Irvin House had been ask­ing for this par­tic­u­lar type of TV for three or four years.

She said the 75-inch TV would make view­ing much eas­ier for res­i­dents as it would be sim­pler to nav­i­gate for those chal­lenged by poor dex­ter­ity.

The Kata­matite Dance Group meets in Kata­matite once a month and its mem­bers come from all parts of Vic­to­ria and NSW to take part in new vogue danc­ing.

Do­na­tion: Bruce Nay­lor is pre­sented with a $2250 cheque by Rus­sell Leskie from the Kata­matite Dance Group.

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