Bob, 76, and his wife Noela, 74, came to live in Kingaroy 18 months ago.
They had mixed feelings about leaving their close circle of friends in Gympie, but wanted to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. Bob also has Parkinson’s disease and was finding it difficult to manage their six acres of land.
“The best thing I did when we arrived in Kingaroy was give Centacare a call,” said Bob.
It was a dream come true for Centacare clients Jessica, 18, and Lachlan, 22, when they performed to sold-out audiences at Home of the Arts (HOTA) on the Gold Coast last week.
As part of Centacare’s inclusive theatre company Running Duck, they joined 16 other performers in the ensemble’s first major production, ‘An Evening at the Pink Poodle’. The show celebrates the sixties in Australia and included a live performance from legendary pop icon Normie Rowe, who rehearsed with the group.
Jessica was born to perform. While she took part in various eisteddfods at primary school, she couldn’t find the right opportunity to pursue her interest through high school. “Running Duck makes me feel confident and strong,” said Jessica. “I love the interaction and the opportunity to talk out loud to others without being judged. I’ve made great friends and I love getting into costume!”
Lachlan is pursuing his dream to speak out for people like himself. He joined Running Duck to develop the confidence and public speaking skills he needs for his advocacy work, which includes co-chairing the House with No Steps Human Rights Committee. “I want to help people like me and show them that they can do anything they want to,” said Lachlan. “Thanks to Centacare, I have the confidence to stand on a stage and talk about important issues.”
Centacare provides learning and lifestyle services to almost 1000 NDIS participants across South East Queensland. Programs offered on the Gold Coast include street theatre in Currumbin and an after school ‘chill zone’ at Broadbeach.
Phone 1300 236 822 for more information.
On 25 June all over the world seafarers celebrate International Day of the Seafarer.
Centacare’s Apostleship of the Sea ministry provides support to seafarers at the Port of Brisbane and through the Stella Maris Centre in Wynnum. Pastoral carer, Barry Guest, who visits seafarers daily on board their ships says ‘loneliness and isolation are a real struggle for many seafarers who spend months at a time away from home.’ ‘As part of the worldwide Apostleship of the Sea ministry, we provide a listening ear and new face to talk to.’
Every Queenslander should have a plan to help them grow older well.
Join us for a free lunch and hear from local experts and guest speakers who can help you plan for the most important chapter in your life.
Some of the topics will include:
• The secret to living in your own home longer
• How to leverage government funding to do more of what you love
• Organising help and care – cutting through the complexity
• Life and wellness coaching with physiotherapist Katie Zerner
• Preventing and coping with home invasion presented by Dalby Police
Free lunch and information session
When: 12pm-2pm, Tuesday 25 June
Where: RSL Kingaroy, Cnr Markwell and Short St
RSVP: Phone 4162 5096 to reserve your place
Joe has had a lifelong dream to go to America. His younger sister Carolyn can’t quite pin point the origins of his ‘obsession’ but recalls his early and enduring love of Elvis, Johnny Cash and all things Disney.
The first phone call to police came five months after her wedding.
The woman sobbed that her new husband had bashed her. He had pushed her head into a wall repeatedly.
Police and domestic violence workers were baffled by one case – how did the abusive partner of a woman keep tracking her and her children in emergency accommodation?
Parents are being advised to reach out for professional help if they are worried that children have been affected by domestic and family violence.
When we started dating, I thought he was the perfect gentleman. He would open doors for me, take me on picnics and buy me flowers. It wasn’t until six months into the relationship when his controlling and manipulative tendencies surfaced. I’m fortunate I got out before things became too serious.
For years, domestic violence trapped the woman like a fog that wouldn’t lift.
Every part of her life, from home to work and her relationship with her teenage son, had been impacted by her abusive partner.