Shalom sings musicians praises

Musicians and entertainers who give up their time to perform in aged care centres play a huge role in improving the residents quality of life, according to the Activities Officer at Carinity Aged Care – Shalom in Rockhampton.

Speaking in the run up to International Volunteer Day on December 5th, Donna Hinchliffe said that “it’s important that all the performers are recognised for the joy they bring to elderly people”.

Mrs Hinchliffe added that she’s holding a Thank You Morning “for all the entertainers who give their valuable time so generously throughout the year” on December 16.

“It’s usually a full house because the residents look forward to the performances so much. They enjoy singing and clapping along to all the old songs and really enjoy the dancing, especially when the staff have a go. Many of the acts have really got to know the residents over the years and they’re just great social occasions for everyone at Shalom,” she said.

Carinity Aged Care – Shalom has a community hall and multipurpose activity centre, which act as perfect venues for entertainers such as rock and roll and country bands, bush poets, dancers and choirs to name but a few.

According to Mrs Hinchliffe days like International Volunteer Day are important to highlight the amazing work that volunteers do, where people give up so much of their own time for the benefit of others.

“All of these musicians and entertainers give their services for free and it’s a big undertaking, with many coming for years. The Kepple Country Singers in particular have been coming here every month for around eight years. And we also have a couple from the retirement lifestyle units, Ted and Alice Manion who help staff serve morning tea at all the concerts. That’s why I’m holding this Thank You Morning Tea, I think it’s important that they feel appreciated for all the good work that they are doing,” she concluded.

Staff at Carinity Aged Care – Shalom create communities of care where residents feel safe, welcome and valued, in a real homely environment; and residents enjoy a myriad of organised activities onsite as well as Shalom’s manicured gardens and picturesque lagoon.

Shalom also has independent lifestyle units co-located on the same site, and dozens of dedicated volunteers help to host annual events such as The Garden Party, Breakfast and Bird Watch event and fundraising sausage sizzles on the grounds.

Volunteering at Shalom for almost 30 years with her husband Jim, Avis Hodges said that she loves to give something back to the community and it’s a way of serving God.

“It’s definitely rewarding, we get a lot of pleasure out of it. I love spending time with the residents as they have so much to teach me, so much love to give, and they really appreciate what you do for them.

“I’m in my 70’s and my husband’s 81 but God has given us the strength and we want to serve him. While you might go to bed tired you wake up with a new lot of strength the next morning,” she said.

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