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1 June 2018

Royal wedding fever

There was wedding fever across the Keysborough Community in May as clients and team members waited in anticipation for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

In fact, due to the overwhelming interest in the event, they celebrated a day early with an afternoon tea fit for a queen (and a king).

The regal affair was put on by Daniele, the daughter of client Zara, who brought to life this event with great passion, brilliant planning and attention to detail.

By far the standout of the show was a ‘visit’ from the happy couple. Daniele had surprised everyone with a life size cutout of the couple and had it sent from the UK well in advance so that it would arrive in time for the special day.

The meeting place was decked from floor to ceiling with red, white and blue; and clients and team members wore flags and crowns to keep in the theme.

Head chef Shane and his talented team prepared a sumptuous feast laid out on elegant porcelain tiered plates.

As a special treat, the guests enjoyed lemon and elderflower cupcakes: the same flavour as Harry and Meghan’s actual wedding cake.

While toasting the upcoming nuptials over pink champagne, clients sang along to much-loved songs about marriage and romance.

Excitements were running high the next day when the big event rolled around. Clients made themselves comfortable in the reclining chairs and settled in to watch the wedding on the big screen in the movie theatre.

Cheers and clapping ensued as the community watched the historic world event.

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Friends to the community

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On Friday 25 May, the Keysborough Community celebrated the wonderful contribution of our volunteers with an afternoon tea and concert.

Twelve volunteers, all from different backgrounds, attended the celebration. These people were from organisations such as Lighthouse Church, RSL, Delta Dogs and Resurrection Church.

Gina, a client at Arcare Keysborough, made special mention of Matthew’s contribution to the community.
Matthew started volunteering as a year 12 student before studying a Bachelor of Leisure and Health. He is now working one day a week as a barista in the cafe.

Gina said, ‘It was lovely to show the volunteers that we appreciate them and the great work they do. They are really beautiful. We can’t thank them enough for the joy and the care that they bring to us.’

It was fitting to have Jan Masson perform the entertainment as she volunteers with the Salvation Army in Keysborough.

She said, ‘It’s all about giving back to the community.’

Other people echoed similar sentiments on the day.

Peter

I started volunteering about 18 months ago. I do it for the feeling it gives me. Sometimes people tell me that I am the only person who visits them so I find that very rewarding. I once gave a rug to a client who turned 100. It really made my day when her daughter called to thank me.

Georgette

For me, it’s about giving back and seeing the joy it brings to others. It’s my mission to serve and bring love.

Priscilla

I thoroughly enjoy coming here and interacting with the clients. They make you feel like family and the standards at Arcare are excellent.

Chandrika

It’s an opportunity to experience joy and love with clients, and also the feeling of being part of their lives.

Pastor Jim spoke on behalf of the volunteers and thanked Alison, Sema and the whole team at Arcare for their support.

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