A 90-year wait

Eric, one of the residents at our Gympie aged care home in Queensland, has been wanting to experience a helicopter ride for his entire life.

Thinking that the opportunity had come and gone, he recently communicated his regret to a group of other residents when they were discussing things they wish they had done in their younger days. Little did he know that his family were preparing a big surprise for his 90th birthday…

On the day of Eric’s birthday, his family picked him up and told him they were going for a drive. You can imagine his surprise when they arrived at Rainbow Beach with a helicopter and tour guide awaiting him on a helipad!

They flew from Rainbow Beach to the bottom end of Fraser Island, and you just couldn’t wipe the smile off Eric’s face. He says that he would recommend the experience to anyone and everyone, as it made him feel young again.

From all of us at Japara – Happy Birthday, Eric. We’re so glad that you had a great day.

Gympie resident Eric inside a Helicopter

Gympie resident Eric in a helicopter preparing for take off

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