Septem­ber 2017 is big news for SCCA

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The fu­ture needs of our com­mu­nity con­tinue to in­spire us to ex­pand, in­no­vate and grow. But one thing will never change; the com­mit­ment to that orig­i­nal vi­sion and mis­sion which has be­come our touch­stone – We Care.

THIS month Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged is cel­e­brat­ing the 25th birth­day of their In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing Vil­lage, Mar­ian Grove.

In 1992, as the re­sult of a vi­sion of Mary Help, of Chris­tians Par­ish Sawtell, to pro­vide care and sup­port for their age­ing mem­bers, the first res­i­dents moved into the 15-unit Stage One build. How they have grown. To­day, 180 plus units, Mater Christi – the 101-bed Res­i­den­tial Care Fa­cil­ity, Our Lady of the Way Chapel and The Grove Café, plus the recre­ation hall, li­brary and work­shop are the frame­work for a vi­brant com­mu­nity in its own right to live and thrive.

Mary Mac Na­mara says: “John and I moved into Mar­ian Grove al­most four years ago, not sure what to ex­pect from liv­ing in a re­tire­ment vil­lage. We con­tinue to be de­lighted and thrilled with our choice. We love the re­laxed, al­most re­sort, feel­ing of the vil­lage and The Grove Café has be­come a cen­tral meet­ing spot to en­joy with friends and fam­ily. John and I feel great pride and con­tent­ment in liv­ing here at Mar­ian Grove, a re­tire­ment vil­lage be­yond all our ex­pec­ta­tions.”

One of the orig­i­nal res­i­dents, Gor­don Turner, has run the bowls in Mar­ian Grove ever since he ar­rived, as well as over­see­ing the work­shop.

“It’s what keeps me go­ing,” Gor­don says, “that and the friend­ship and com­mu­nity here. I don’t know where the time’s gone!”

If you’d like to help Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged cel­e­brate, they are hold­ing an open day on Fri­day, Septem­ber 29, from 10.30am-2pm on the Vil­lage Green.

Mu­sic, stalls, a sausage siz­zle and cake and cof­fee deals at the café will be avail­able, as will tours of the units from 10.30-11.30am and 12.30-1.30pm.

Please ring Mar­ian Grove of­fice on 6653 1241 to book a tour.

SCCA, it’s a great story, with the best yet to come.

PHOTO: SCCA

SIL­VER AN­NIVER­SARY: LA Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged’s 25th An­niver­sary lun­cheon.

PHOTO: SCCA

SCCA’s 25th An­niver­sary lun­cheon.

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