Residents at Mackay’s Nanyima Aged Care have given the new shade structure above their BBQ area, the thumbs up, which was made possible by members of Hamilton Masonic Lodge with the support of Hand Heart Pocket.
This new improvement will allow year-round use of the space, giving residents at the 51-bed facility yet another spot to spend time outdoors, whether that’s to enjoy a BBQ lunch with fellow residents, to socialise with loved ones or to sit peacefully and get some fresh air.
Lodge Secretary, Ron Jackson said it was great to hear that their efforts had been so well received.
“We hope the BBQ areas becomes even more popular than it already is,” Ron said.
“Being outdoors and being able to enjoy a BBQ or two, every now and again, is part and parcel of life here in Queensland, so this initiative of ours, we feel, contributes to enriching residents’ well-being.”
“Above all we hope that through our effort we’re able to bring joy to residents. Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures that make all the difference,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark praised Hamilton Lodge for their thoughtfulness and passion to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
“Helping to improve the quality of life of aged care residents by enhancing their surroundings is in line with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about empowering people to lead better lives,” Gary said.
“Therefore we did not hesitate to support Hamilton Lodge with their fundraising,” he said.
Photo: Nanyima Aged Care Event Coordinator, Marion Barton with Hamilton Lodge representative Phil Lansdown and Facility Manager Margret Campbell