Dedicated carers say farewell
ONE of Townsville’s most enduring social groups for people with disabilities held its farewell dance and dinner last week.
Crossroads was formed nearly 45 years ago when a group of caring members of the Uniting Church realised people with a disability needed a social outlet.
Dedicated member Kelsey Fickling, 86, started out preparing the evening supper in those early days for the Crossroads group members, and she quickly became involved in running the group of about 60 people.
Ms Fickling said the farewell was bitter sweet because while she would miss the people, she knew they were being well cared for.
“We would visit Cootheringa in Warburton St, once a fortnight for a social night, and we would take supper and do painting, or make candles and clay, or we would just have a song or a chat.
“We had at least three lovely camps at Crystal Creek over the time and we even went to Cardwell a couple of times.”
Ms Fickling said the early group had quickly grown to 60 people, and in recent years the group met at the House of Praise on Bayswater Rd.
“Their have been so many people involved over the years and so many wonderful helpers,” she said.
“The reason we are finishing up is the Crossroaders are all getting older, the ones who started coming are 40 years older, and there are a lot of government agencies which fund them now and they are always very busy.
“We have been getting less and less people coming, because they have a lot of events on.”