New mem­o­ries made at Va­ri­ety Con­cert

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY EMMA PRIOR

Mu­sic, danc­ing and fun was had at this year’s De­men­tia Aware­ness Month Va­ri­ety con­cert at ClubMul­wala.

‘You are not alone’ was the theme for this year’s con­cert which was held to give Alzheimer’s suf­fer­ers and their car­ers a chance to make new mem­o­ries while also cel­e­brat­ing di­ver­sity.

The Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala com­mu­nity proved the ac­cu­racy of the theme when nearly sev­enty peo­ple at­tended the event to let their hair down and en­joy great mu­sic per­formed by many lo­cal dis­abil­ity groups.

Vin­cent Pois­son, Pro­gram Man­ager of Ru­ral ser­vices from Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia Vic­to­ria, opened the con­cert with some numbers that star­tled the au­di­ence.

More than 1450 peo­ple have been di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia in the Hume re­gion in the past decade and this num­ber is ex­pected to more than dou­ble in the next twenty years.

Mr Pois­son’s words high­lighted the im­por­tance of com­mu­ni­ties coming to­gether to sup­port each other.

MC for the event Keith Grimshaw, who was di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia some years ago him­self, re­it­er­ated the point of sup­port and said he could not have coped with­out the sup­port from fam­ily, friends and Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia Vic­to­ria.

“When find­ing out you have an ill­ness like this that is go­ing to im­pact your life in a big way you need some­one to lean on and be a shoul­der some­times,” Mr Grimshaw said.

The stage was set for a great morn­ing when Mr Grimshaw in­tro­duced the ‘Point­ers’, a group of staff and res­i­dents from Woods Point Aged Care, who took the au­di­ence through the res­i­dent’s daily ex­er­cise rou­tine which keeps them phys­i­cally and men­tally ac­tive.

Shortly af­ter the whole au­di­ence was then bop­ping along to Olivia New­ton John’s smash hit ‘Phys­i­cal’.

Lo­cal artists were also in at­ten­dance such as Jenny and Frank who en­ter­tain the res­i­dents of Woods Point ev­ery Mon­day and per­formed a cou­ple of old favourites.

Other per­form­ers on the day in­cluded the team from PALS Yar­ra­wonga who danced along to Aga Doo and Un­chained Melody, the Yar­ra­wonga Health’s Golden Oldies in all their fin­ery per­form­ing Baby-face, Catch a Fall­ing Star and a crowd favourite with the Chicken Dance, lo­cal up and comer Jake Wil­lett melt­ing hearts with Sweet Caro­line, Clocks and Feel­ing Good and the team from PALS Co­bram clos­ing out the show with ABBA favourites I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, Water­loo and Rock Me.

Lucky door prizes and raf­fles were drawn with some very happy win­ners col­lect­ing some lovely prizes sourced by Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia Vic­to­ria.

To fin­ish the day Mr Pois­son re­turned to the stage to issue cer­tifi­cates to each of the groups and pre­sent or­gan­iser of the day and Com­mu­nity Pro­grams Co­or­di­na­tor of the Yar­ra­wonga Neigh­bour­hood House Deb­bie Cooper with a bunch of flow­ers.

The day was a great suc­cess and fun for ev­ery­one as Deb­bie said they look for­ward to host­ing the event again.

“It’s great to see these peo­ple you might not usu­ally see per­form­ing coming out and hav­ing fun and singing and danc­ing,” she said.

“We def­i­nitely hope to hold the event again next year.”

Deb­bie also said she wanted to thank the whole com­mu­nity for coming to­gether to sup­port each other.

Spe­cial men­tion to the or­gan­i­sa­tions that made it all hap­pen in ClubMul­wala, Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia Vic, Yar­ra­wonga Neigh­bour­hood House, Yar­ra­wonga Health, Woods Point, Pro­vid­ing All Liv­ing Sup­port (PALS), Val­ley Sport, Ru­ral Ac­cess, In­tereach, MHA Care and Skills­bank and The Cen­tre.

Spe­cial men­tion also to Tim Phillips from Yar­ra­wonga Col­lege P-12 for his help with the mu­sic per­for­mances.

The au­di­ence singing along and clap­ping to the en­ter­tain­ment

Mem­bers of PALS Co­bram belt­ing out the tunes of ABBA

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