“Christmas is a time when many people go home to be with family and friends. Others leave home to visit relatives in far flung places. Unfortunately, those less mobile are often forgotten. They are the hidden ones” says Matt Digges, Director of Mission at Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged, also known as Marian Grove and Mater Christi Aged Care Facility.
“At Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged, we are conscious of the various needs of residents and family. ‘We Care’ means that we try to accompany families as they balance competing demands, and residents as they seek to celebrate this season appropriately. Families are a welcome and integral part of our community, as are our many friends and visitors. Together ‘we care’, especially at this time of sharing and giving.”
SCCA Village residents, staff, volunteers, family and friends came together on Friday evening, 14th December to celebrate, share and give as a community at their inaugural “Carols Under The Sails.”
Music and carols were supplied by Marian Grove Ukulele Group as the Christmas story was shared. Presents donated to ‘The Giving Tree’ were collected for distribution. Sausages were sizzled, carols were sung and faces of all ages glowed with the life and hope of the season.
Originally an initiative of the Mater Christi Lifestyles Team to give those residents unable to attend outside events a chance to participate in seasonal festivities, the whole SCCA staff and volunteer team got involved and made it an evening to remember for many. “I had many of our beautiful residents at the end of the evening begging to do it again next year, “said Bec Graham, Lifestyles Coordinator. “ But it couldn’t have happened without such an amazing team. The first “Carols Under The Sails” definitely won’t be the last!”