It was a fun-filled birthday weekend for Dorothy Harles at Arcare Helensvale St James as she celebrated her 100th birthday with a whole lot of pink!
On Saturday, close friends and families of Dorothy’s were invited along to a birthday party at the residence café. Team members had decorated the café with ‘100’ balloons, pink tablecloth, pink balloons and a pink cake.
The whole café was filled with laughter and joy as everyone sang her Happy Birthday, while Dorothy stood beaming as she was surrounded by her loved ones.
Upon turning 100-years-old, Dorothy also received a special card from the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II congratulating her on a milestone achieved.
On Monday, Dorothy celebrated her 100th birthday for the second time with team members, clients and family! A delicious array of food was prepared by the food services team which included fish bites, lamingtons, cake, calamari, quiches, sandwiches and pies.
As Dorothy blew out the candles on her second birthday cake for the week, residence manager Fiona joked about having one hundred candles for Dorothy to blow out!
One of our volunteers Michelle also said, “Here’s to a lovely birthday to an even lovelier lady!”
When asked about having any words of wisdom, Dorothy cheekily said, “it’s a secret, I keep them to meself”.
Dorothy began her Arcare journey with us on the 10th of June at Sanctuary Manors, then Helensvale St James. She and her family had looked at 7 other aged care residences, knowing that Arcare was the one.
As they reminisced memorable stories of Dorothy, her daughter-in-law shared that Dorothy’s love and passion for gardening, cooking and baking is probably what keeps her going day by day.
While her son Bruce happily stated that his mum could recite the alphabet backwards! We all encouraged Dorothy to give us a demonstration and in under 5 seconds, she was able to recite the entire alphabet from back to front. She definitely has talent!