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Friends Of Kepnock Grove Supporting Bundaberg Seniors For 25 years

Denise Hutchins, Bernadette Gadiske, Leslie Horton and Ailsa Reece at Friends of Kepnock Grove's 25th anniversary.JPG

Denise Hutchins, Bernadette Gadiske, Leslie Horton and Ailsa Reece at Friends of Kepnock Grove's 25th anniversary afternoon tea.  Image Supplied.

They may be retired but they’re still working hard in their community. 

Friends of Kepnock Grove, a group of Bundaberg residents dedicated to supporting local seniors, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Over the past quarter of a century the auxiliary group has raised a total of $177,000 for the Carinity Kepnock Grove aged care community in

Money raised from cake stalls, fashion parades and running canteens has funded a chapel, air conditioning, a pergola in the dementia ward, and the
purchase of medical aids such as patient lifts and nursing beds.

Friends of Kepnock Grove founding members Lyn Doyle and Edna Clitheroe cut the anniversary cake with President Pauline Langford and Vice President Lorna Hyne. Image Supplied.

Lyn Doyle, one of Friends of Kepnock Grove’s founding members, says the group’s fundraising has been “well supported with plenty of donations from
the public and lots of word of mouth”.

Friends of Kepnock Grove’s latest donation to the aged care community is a $5,000 “brain trainer” computer designed to help older people’s memory and
cognitive skills.

Friends of Kepnock Grove 25th anniversary afternoon tea attendees.  Image Supplied 

Carinity Kepnock Grove Residential Manager Jodie Little says Friends of Kepnock Grove has been a constant and valued supporter since forming
two years after the integrated retirement lifestyle and aged care centre opened in 1992.

“Both Friends of Kepnock Grove’s consistent fundraising efforts and their great compassion for our residents over an extended period has been very
heartening and gratefully appreciated,” Jodie says.

Sandra Dingle demonstrates the brain trainer machine which was donated to Carinity Kepnock Grove aged care community.  Image Supplied 

“Our residents feel so loved and supported by the auxiliary group’s members and we are so thankful that people in the wider Bundaberg community care
for our seniors as much as Carinity’s employees do.”

Friends of Kepnock Grove’s membership includes residents of Kepnock Grove retirement village, co-located with the aged care residences, their family,
friends, church members and other supporters from the Bundaberg community.