Friends of Kepnock Grove helping seniors for 25 years
They may be retired but they’re still working hard in their community.
Friends of Kepnock Grove, a group of Bundaberg residents dedicated to supporting local seniors, has celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Over the past quarter of a century the auxiliary group has raised a total of $177,000 for the Carinity Kepnock Grove aged care community.
Money raised from cake stalls, fashion parades and 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”.
Friends of Kepnock Grove’s latest donation to the aged care community is a $5,000 “brain trainer” computer designed to help older people’s memory and cognitive skills.
Carinity Kepnock Grove Residential Manager Jodie Little says Friends of Kepnock Grove has been a constant and valued supporter 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 of Kepnock Grove’s 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 of Friends of Kepnock Grove can phone Pauline Langford on 0438 186 559.
Find out more about Carinity Kepnock Grove at carinity.org.au/aged-care or by phoning 4128 6199.