September 5, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
On 15th August, the Arcare Surrey Hills community recognised and celebrated Indian Independence Day.
Indian Independence Day is an annual holiday that marks the end of British rule in 1947 and the establishment of a free and independent Indian nation.
The community were encouraged to wear traditional Indian garments to show their support for the holiday.
The community enjoyed celebrating the day with traditional music, Bollywood dancing, and delicious food provided by the on-site kitchen.
Clients, family members and team members were invited to share a traditional feast together for lunch. Dishes such as pani-puri, chicken tikka, poppadoms and butter chicken were served.
Team members also took the opportunity to teach some clients a new style of dance.
99 year old client, Ligorio D’Souza originated from Goa, India, and his daughter, Lorna cam along to celebrate the occasion with him. It was a very special afternoon for the family and they appreciated that the community acknowledged and celebrated their culture. The family spent much of the afternoon sharing stories about their culture and traditions with team members and other clients.
Rachel Bailey is the Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has been with Arcare since February 2018, when she started in the role of Relationship Coordinator. Rachel has previously worked in a wide range of roles that equipped her for her responsibilities as Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has previously held marketing roles and administration roles in a range of industries, earning a range of valuable communications skills that she brings to her role today. Rachel attended Lyndhurst Secondary College in Cranbourne, Victoria, graduating with her Victorian Certificate of Education in 2014. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Communication and Media Studies & Public Relations in 2017. Rachel is passionate about her work and believes that strong communication strategies are the key to creating a closer connection between residents in aged care communities and the wider community. Rachel is a firm believer in regular communications to help friends and family keep updated on the lives of their loved ones who are enjoying life in Arcare residences.