Fundrais­ing ap­peal for Blue Care ‘fam­ily’

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

A DAY of respite is im­por­tant for our se­niors. It gives them a chance to be so­cial, see friends and in some cases just get out of the house.

Those are just some of the rea­sons why respite is the main fo­cus for Blue Care’s an­nual ap­peal.

The chair­man of the Blue Care sup­port com­mit­tee, John Mor­ri­son, said they were hop­ing to raise around $15,000 to help lower the costs as­so­ci­ated with respite.

“Most peo­ple re­alise aged care is funded mostly by gov­ern­ment but there’s only so much that will cover,” he said.

“We can try and drop the prices of trans­port for the clients lo­cally so it makes it more af­ford­able for them.”

Mr Mor­ri­son said respite days were es­pe­cially im­por­tant to their many clients who live alone.

“A lot of them don’t have car­ers, a lot of them come in on their own back,” he said.

“It sort of be­comes a fam­ily there for them.”

Blue Care will be send­ing out mail-outs for mon­e­tary donations this week and will be host­ing a street stall on Thurs­day ,April 19 at Stan­thorpe Plaza from 8am to mid­day.

Mr Mor­ri­son said he was still look­ing for donations for items to sell.

“We’ll gladly ac­cept donations of cook­ing, pro­duce or any­thing,” he said.

“We get a lot from clients and their friends.

“The cook­ing is the thing that re­ally sells.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing to the food stall should con­tact Mr Mor­ri­son on 0418 761 102.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RESPITE HELP: A street stall at last year’s Blue Care ap­peal in Stan­thorpe.

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