Festival fun for residents

Loukia Mantase and Millie Hanvelle of Brightwater Kingsley with therapy assistant Megan Smith.
Festival fun for residents
Loukia Mantase and Millie Hanvelle of Brightwater Kingsley with therapy assistant Megan Smith.

A GIANT bubble-blower, juggler and balloon-twisters were some of the entertainment at Brightwater Care Group’s street festival-inspired Christmas party last week.

More than 400 residents aged from 18 to 95 attended the organisation’s first group-wide Christmas event, including people from 10 facilities across Joondalup and Wanneroo.

A quarter of the guests were in wheelchairs, with transport organised from 22 locations from Joondalup to Mandurah.

The outdoor party and high tea cost more than $60,000 and was funded by WA business Australian Reliance and three individual philanthropists.

Brightwater chief executive Dr Penny Flett said it was great to give residents a memorable experience.

“A large number of the residents who attended the party don’t move off-site very often, if at all, so for them it was a real treat to get out and about, particularly to a location near the water, and celebrate in style,” she said.

“Putting on an event that any of our residents could attend meant putting a huge number of personalised plans in place, such as arranging additional time with carers, tailoring menus to suit different dietary needs and of course, arranging transport from all different corners of the metropolitan area.”

She said more than 140 Brightwater staff were present to ensure the event’s success.

“There were certainly some unique challenges to overcome,” she said.

“However, it was all worth it when we saw just how much joy it brought to both our clients and their carers and support staff as well.”