June News from CEO, Joy Leggo
As winter starts we are buried deep in budget preparation for the 2017/18 financial year. We are being particularly challenged this year as the Federal Government has frozen our residential subsidy levels at the same rate as the 2016/17 financial year. We were informed of this decision earlier in the year when the Government tried to implement changes to our funding instrument and the industry as a whole was outraged. Our wages and general expenses, especially our utilities, continue to rise considerably higher than CPI. However, the Directors are resolute that there will be no compromise to our standards of care.
During the past month our Piazza has certainly come to life. It is wonderful to see our Home Care consumers coming in to the facility and enjoying a coffee in Stella’s Café and the sales in our Boutique have certainly increased! Linda our Volunteer Co-ordinator has told me that there has been a rush on buying winter coats! It is lovely to think that due to our volunteers we are able to offer this service. It is not just about providing affordable clothing and gifts, it is about the socialisation that goes along with the experience of having a day out and doing the day to day things that they use to do. I, along with the staff, am extremely appreciative of everything our volunteers do.
I was particularly touched during the month when I observed three Mary Costa House residents making their way to Stella’s Café; three different nationalities, one of the residents pushing another resident in a wheelchair, the third resident who is quite reclusive, walking alongside. Whilst communicating was not easy, they were laughing and having a great time. With no staff in sight, they were merely three friends just going down the street to share a coffee and chat. Now that is what living at MACS is all about – being connected and living the best life you can.
You will have received your 2017 Annual Giving information by now. Can I ask you to consider making a donation to our walking track and supermarket?
The establishment of the walking track will enhance our Mindful Moves program of keeping our residents and Home Care consumers active and will create another point of interest for visitors.
The supermarket will be a further enhancement to the piazza area and will create a village-like atmosphere, along with the existing boutique, post office, café, bakery, hairdresser and the internet café. Residents will be able to do some shopping just as if they were at home. We want MACS to be a destination for people to come to, with lots of things to do and see. Your financial support in what is going to be a challenging financial year would be truly appreciated. As at 29 May we have received $2,145 towards our $25,000 target.
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Gifts over $2 are tax deductible.
With warm regards,