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22 May 2018

Many thanks to all who came out to support our fundraising movie night

It was a fantastic night at our recent Deckchair fundraiser when the iconic film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was screened. We had over 350 people attend and the raffle for the Paspaley pearl was a big drawcard. A big thank you to Paspaley Pearls for their very generous donation to us. The winner was Iris Beale from Taminmin. Iris was so excited, she nearly fainted when she saw the pearl that she had won.  A big thank you to all those attended and especially our volunteers and the mothers, as it was Mother’s Day as well.

One of the exciting budget commitments to emerge from the Federal budget is the $7.5m for 20 community ‘My Aged Care’ hubs. These are hubs from which people can support each other in navigating aged care and healthy ageing. Plus, a further 30 aged care information hubs to provide locally-targeted information to build people’s capacity to engage with the aged care system. We believe that COTA NT is ideally placed to offer these services to our seniors and we envisage having these hubs not just in Darwin, but also in regional centres. These measures will address barriers to accessing aged care, as we all know the My Aged Care site can be perceived as ‘clunky’ and not particularly user-friendly, especially for people who have English as a second language.

Another exciting event is our annual Seniors Expo, now in its fourth year. Put Friday the 1st June in your diaries and come to Palmerston Recreation between 10am to 2pm to join the conversations, enjoy the free Regis Aged Care morning tea, watch the performances, enjoy the free fitness classes and more.  As we speak, the Expo program is going to print, as well as the NT Seniors Card Business Directory. Advance copies of this will be available at the Expo.

~ Sue Shearer, CEO COTA NT

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