Providing bushfire support
The bushfire crisis has been the worst on record for many years this summer, with Australians across the country losing their homes, businesses, and in the worst cases, losing their lives as a result of the ongoing fires.
Enriching every life we touch and helping people live life as usual is integral to our value system here at Japara, so staff and residents alike have been busy organising fundraisers, supporting local initiatives and helping to provide relief for those affected. Here’s what some of our Japara homes have achieved over the past few weeks:
Japara Robina Rise
John, a Japara resident, has planned and implemented a bushfire fundraising movement within the Robina Rise home. John has designed donation collection tins which were placed in the home’s reception and communal areas so that residents, staff, and visitors are able to make donations towards chosen benefactors, NSW Rural Fire Service and WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation.
John also visited each dining room during lunch service and gave thought-provoking speeches to fellow residents and staff about the importance of helping our country and its treasured wildlife during this time of crisis.
It is incredible to see individuals demonstrating the strength to champion their passions. Taking the opportunity to approach his fellow residents and compelling them to join him in his efforts and take action has been immensely empowering, not just for John himself, but also for those residents he has inspired.
Japara Narracan Gardens
In an effort to support the Gippsland Farmer Relief initiative, Denise, lifestyle coordinator at Japara Narracan Gardens, took to Facebook to ask her digital connections for toiletries and non-perishable food that could be donated to the initiative – and the support was astounding.
The home received an abundance of products from generous volunteers, and residents joined forces to help box up all our wonderful donations and write thank you cards to all those who had made donations.
“I was truly moved by everyone’s generosity!” said Denise. “And then while I was away over the weekend, the residents had their families come in with even more donations! It’s incredible what can be achieved when communities come together in times of need, and seeing the amazing results of their efforts has really empowered our residents, they are so proud and rightly so.”
Residents at our Goonawarra home hosted a BBQ afternoon at the home recently, inviting family and friends to come along for an afternoon of summer fun, whilst raising funds. All monies raised will go to the victims of the fires that have impacted Australia.
Knitters unite to help wildlife
The ladies in our knitting group at Japara Lower Plenty Gardens have also been hard at work supporting the bushfire efforts this summer. Over the past few weeks, these ladies have created numerous wool pouches which have been donated to help the injured and orphaned wildlife rescued from the blazes. The pouches have all been donated to the local Bayside Library, and will be sent off to the Australian Rescue Craft Guild.
Residents at Sandhill held a Trash ‘n’ Treasure Sale to help raise funds for the bushfire appeal. The Residents Bushfire Appeal Committee is delighted with the success of the event and the amazing generosity of those who attended and help raise money for this wonderful cause.