September 19, 2019
Written by Jamie Loh
A crowd of over 400 people from the residence and the local Gold Coast community came together on Saturday to enjoy Arcare Pimpama’s first ever Spring Market Day.
It was a day filled with joy and laughter as everyone enjoyed the bustling atmosphere.
For many, it was their first time attending a market day in an aged care residence!
With over 20 community stalls, free gelato from Wheel & Spoon, free pet photography from PawPosed Photography, free flower arranging workshops from Ormeau Florist and free tea and coffee from the Arcare Pimpama café, and live music, the event was a huge success!
One of Arcare Pimpama’s clients who recently turned 80 years old, Necia, was able to set up her own stall selling her handmade crochet and knitting goods.
When she was younger, she was very involved in charity work.
And when she finds time to relax, crocheting and knitting are her go-to activities.
She is best known for knitting handcrafted teddy bears and crocheting tea towels and coasters filled with love.
Since relocating to Arcare Pimpama, one of the clients at Arcare Pimpama, Lorna has helped her to continue her passion, from going to knitting groups together to sourcing yarn for her.
Necia’s handcrafted stall was a big hit with everyone, as her friendly smile and cheerful personality drew people to her stall.
During the entire event, she was surrounded by friends and family who came to support her.
Raising $442.50 for Cancer Council Australia is no small feat but Necia achieved it!
“I really enjoyed myself at the market day. I try to crochet and knit whenever I can because it relaxes me and it’s a great way to pass the time. But today, I’m doing it for the Cancer Council. Thank you to everyone who bought my bears and towels.” Necia said.
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Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in mid 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community, community engagement and internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent communications and engaging ideas to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and the wider communities. Jamie utilises a diverse array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness and is always advocating for new methods of communicating in different 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 worked with Brisbane's top Public Relations firms and participated in an intensive language program in Tokyo, Japan.