On May 15, UnitingCare Wesley Bowden celebrated the tireless work of carers in our community with a gourmet lunch, and performance by the stars of hit musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Carers are often ‘on-call’ 24/7. Studies show that their caring roles can significantly affect their physical and mental health, they are usually unpaid and, sadly, unacknowledged by the community.
Every day UnitingCare Wesley Bowden assists hundreds of carers with general information, referrals to other services, respite and sometimes just an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on. We decided it was time to celebrate our carers and show them how appreciated they really are!
More than 100 carers were treated to a very special afternoon of good food, great entertainment and a chance to relax and enjoy themselves.
This year the event was held in the picturesque Lyrics room at the Adelaide Festival Centre, and guests were treated to a live performance by two of the stars of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Rachael Beck and David Hobson.
Guests were also surprised with an exclusive ticket deal to see the show, generously offered by the Adelaide Festival Centre.
This event would not have been possible without the generosity of our corporate supporters: the Property Council of Australia, Adelaide Festival Centre, UnitingCare South Australia, Grant Thornton, Direct Care Australia, My Options, Dial-An-Angel, Winkle Shopfitters, Diane’s Home Care Agency and an enthusiastic group from the Telstra Business Women Awards Alumni – Sandy, Theressa (Employer Global Solutions), Kelly (Edible Blooms) and Kym (Tour Barossa).
Not only did they support the event with their cheque books they also sent along a few volunteers to help wait on our guests – a novelty for some of these top level executives!