24 January 2019
Close to 1,000 people experienced the true Arcare Kanwal community spirit at the recent Community Market Day.
The variety of over 25 market stalls and free workshops had visitors of all ages busy and well entertained.
It was joyous to see Arcare clients, families and the wider community to come together to support local makers and growers.
Client Roger’s family held a stall; selling handmade quilts and beautiful artworks presented on cards and bookmarks.
A special touch to the day was the live entertainment provided by Arcare Kanwal team members.
Clients were thrilled to find that some of their registered nurses and personal care workers were also talented singers and dancers!
Abby, a Kanwal registered nurse, was once a professional singer and performer in the Philippines.
Romeo, a personal care worker, sings and plays guitar as a hobby in his own time.
Abby and Romeo both showcased their amazing singing and instrumental talents on stage for the whole community.
To top it off, three team members performed a Nepalese dance in their traditional costumes and visited clients throughout the residence who missed the performance.
Visitors and clients gathered around the stage to cheer; amazed by all their talents.
The excitement and willingness of the Kanwal team to perform highlights the great sense of community shared at the residence.
‘I like making people happy,’ said Abby, ‘Not only by being an RN, but also by being a singer.’
‘I was so glad to have had this opportunity to sing with them,’ said Romeo.
Market-goers designed their own tie-dyed bags and arranged a bouquet of flowers as part of the free workshops.
The free Ice Kendy ice blocks were a hit – with clients to children all lining up for seconds.
Clients were very proud to welcome so many visitors from the local community to their residence.
More so, they loved having the opportunity to go shopping for handmade and homemade goods.
Stall holders were very impressed with the beautiful residence and friendly nature of Arcare Kanwal.
Not only was it a great success, but everyone now wants to know when the next market will be held!
Clients and the Kanwal community will be talking about the event for days and have memories to keep for much longer.