June 2018 News from Acting CEO, Luba Pryslak

Dear friends,

In our last MACS News in May, Joy mentioned that she was moving into some warmer weather during her1 0 weeks leave. For a bit of fun, we will be running a couple of competitions on Facebook where we will post some of her holiday snaps, and our Facebook followers can try to guess where the photos are taken. There may be a hint in our previous News as to the countries Joy was planning to visit. All correct answers will go into a draw to win a lunch for 2 at Stella’s Café.  If you don’t already follow our Facebook page, just click on the Facebook icon at the top left of this page and join in the competition.

I hope that you have all been able to get your flu vaccination for this year. If not, it is still not too late to get immunized. There have been media reports that the flu fax is in short supply, however, if you have a prescription from your doctor you may be able to obtain a fluvax from our MACS’ pharmacy supplier – Medical Centre Pharmacy. Please call 5229 7727 if you would like to have one put on hold for yourself. Please remember, if you are feeling unwell with cold and/or flu symptoms, it is best that you do not visit MACS.

One of our programs which helps foster our MACS’ vision to keep family and community connected is our ‘Stories to Tell’ program. The sessions are held on weekends throughout the year and we strongly encourage you to participate. Family and friends are invited to attend the sessions which are scheduled into our monthly calendar on a regular basis. Our next session will be Saturday the 9 June at 1.30pm in the chapel. Residents will have the opportunity to spend quality bonding time with their family/friends in a facilitated reminiscence session on the topic of “Favorite Winter Recipes”.

Family of all our new residents and home care clients are invited to attend a “New Family” meeting on the 7 June at 6pm in the chapel. The aim of this meeting is to introduce new comers to MACS, give them an opportunity to meet with some of our Board members and department heads. This is an informal get together and light refreshments are included.

Even though the days are getting colder, and a little bit wetter, our wonderful cycling volunteers are still on the job taking residents on outings on our trio bikes. We continue to encourage our residents to get out into the invigorating fresh air, feel the wind in their hair and enjoy a ride through the streets of North Geelong and Rippleside Park. Family or friends are welcome to join their relative on a ride. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Isabella, if you would like to organize a ride accompanying your resident family member.

This June will see MACS becoming more environmentally friendly, with a reduction of our carbon footprint by the installation of 500 solar panels on the roofs of Mary Costa House and Bella Chara. These panels will deliver a total of 149kW, significantly lowering our electricity costs and reducing emissions by 210 Tonnes of CO2 per year. That’s equivalent to planting over 1470 trees per year or taking 60 cars off the road! This initiative is made possible through a partnership between MACS and Geelong Sustainability. Works are scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

This week you will have received a letter from MACS for our 2018 Annual Giving Appeal. This year we hope to raise $20,000 to go towards a dance program to complement our current Mindful Moves Program. You can make a tax deductible donation to this year’s appeal via this link.  If you’d like more information or have questions, please do not hesitate to call us on (03) 5279 6800.

Warm regards,

Luba

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