Friends of Kepnock Grove will donate a $5000 “brain trainer” to help older people’s memory and cognitive skills at their 25th anniversary celebration on Monday, 13 May.
Members may be retired but they’re still working hard in their community.
The auxiliary group has raised $177,000 over 25 years for the Carinity Kepnock Grove aged care community in Bundaberg.
Money raised from cake stalls, fashion parades a nd running canteens has funded a chapel, air conditioning, a pergola in the dementia ward, and the purchase of medical aids such as patient lifts and nursing beds.
Lyn Doyle, one of Friends of Kepnock Grove’s founding members, says the group’s fundraising has been “well supported with plenty of donations from the public and lots of word of mouth”.
Carinity Kepnock Grove residential manager Jodie Little says the Friends have been constant and valued supporters since forming two years after the integrated retirement lifestyle and aged care centre opened in 1992.
“Both Friends of Kepnock Grove’s consistent fundraising efforts and their great compassion for our residents over an extended period has been very heartening and gratefully appreciated,” Jodie says.
“Our residents feel so loved and supported by the auxiliary group’s members and we are so thankful that people in the wider Bundaberg community care for our seniors as much as Carinity’s employees do.”
Friends membership includes residents of Kepnock Grove retirement village, co-located with the aged care residences, their family, friends, church members and other supporters from the Bundaberg community.
Anyone interested in becoming a member can phone Pauline Langford on 0438 186 559.
Since 1949, Carinity as an outreach of Queensland Baptists has been making a real difference in people’s lives through comprehensive and integrated community services.
These include caring for the frail aged in their homes or in integrated seniors’ communities, helping families and young people through difficult times, and supporting people with disability.
Carinity also provides shelters for homeless youth, alternative education for teenagers who struggle in traditional schools, and prison and hospital chaplaincy.
Friends of Kepnock Grove 25th anniversary
- When: Monday, 13 May at 1pm
- Where: Community pavilion, Carinity Kepnock Grove, 28 Jocumsen Street, Bundaberg