26 November 2019

Knox’s Spring Fair

On Saturday 26th October, Arcare Knox opened its doors to the wider community, inviting them to come along and enjoy their annual Spring Fair.

Rugged up family members, clients, team members and visitors braved the icy Melbourne weather to enjoy the attractions and peruse the market stalls hosted by local community members. There was a market stall for everyone, including delicious homemade cakes, cards, lollies, jewellery, books, plants and homemade arts and crafts.

The furry friends in the animal farm enclosure, captured the hearts and attention of the young children, who visited the Spring Fair. Many of the children spent hours cuddling, patting and watching the wide variety of animals.

Live music echoed throughout the courtyard, as family members held each other close and swayed along to the tune. The carnival games buzzed and prizes were won, while others decided to treat themselves, and enjoy a delicious Mr. Whippy ice-cream.

The day was full of smiles, community and surprises. Arcare Knox client, David received a special surprise when he made his way to the courtyard. The lifestyle team had been so touched by David’s experience with their new lifestyle program, My Time, My Choice, that they had decided to further surprise David by organising his beloved steam truck, Ethel to visit for their Spring Fair. David’s shocked expression quickly turned into a beaming smile, as he incessantly thanked lifestyle coordinators, Leanne and Bec.

However the highlight of the day was undoubtedly the Dunk the Boss event. Team members and clients gathered around the plunge tank, as Arcare Knox residence manager, Sally Annesley stepped up to the plate. Sally was aptly dressed in a full-length wet suit to keep warm, and a bright yellow tutu, just for some added flair. If you wanted your chance to Dunk the Boss, you were asked to make a donation to the Royal Children’s Hospital. Many eager team members took their turn at trying to dunk Sally, however many were unsuccessful.

Clients laughed at the sight of a terrified, Sally above the tank, with one client exclaiming, “C’mon dunk her!” The ongoing encouragement from the crowd, proved to be a helpful motivator, as finally, one team member managed to hit the big red button to knock Sally off her perch.

The activity was not only a great way to raise morale within the community, however it was also for a very worthy cause. Through the Dunk the Boss fundraiser, the community was able to raise $150 to donate to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

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