July 31, 2019
Written by Jamie Loh
After dropping off some of the men from Arcare Helensvale at the local Men’s Shed, the real adventure began for our other clients!
We drove along the spit hoping to spot some dolphins frolicking in the water but had no luck. As we continued to drive along the beach, we all spent a great time admiring the beautifully peaceful waters, people fishing, walking, jogging and just enjoying life.
Everyone noticed there were so many boats on the water and people jet skiing too.
We eventually left the spit, passed by the famous Versace hotel and drove straight into Surfers Paradise – the hub of Gold Coast.
There’s always something going at Surfers Paradise and we definitely met and saw some interesting characters along the way.
We saw a big dog perched on the back of a bicycle riding along with his owner with his big, fluffy ears flapping in the wind.
We saw another person on a skateboard tethered to his staffy zooming through the crowds. Amazingly, no one was bowled over! The dog and his owner were surely very skillful at maneuvering.
Further along our journey through Broadbeach, we stopped and met a local gentleman named Brian who had with him a wild Magpie on his hand. He was the modern-day piped piper of birds, because when he whistled the other wild birds came to him to feed!
Out of Surfers we drove, heading back through Chevron Island only to see a man walking his cat. Not something you see every day, that’s for sure!
It was wonderful seeing so many people out and about enjoying Gold Coast’s beautiful sunshine and nature.
As our scenic drive came to an end, there was only one thing left to do. And that was to eat a 60-cent soft serve from Maccas. The clients all agreed that the ice cream was the best highlight of their day and it was a great way to end such an eventful, lovely and adventurous morning.
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in early 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community and some internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent, varied communications to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and those living in wider communities. Jamie utilises a broad array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness. Jamie is passionate about improving engagement between those who are enjoying their retirement in Arcare residences and family and friends who live in the wider community. She is always advocating for new methods of communicating, including new strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie attended an intensive exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo for two months.