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The Australian Cancer Joining hands to
Research Foundation achieve excellence
is dedicated to funding world- It is remarkable how ‘joining hands’
with others can spark a fundamental
shift in thinking that not only leads
Program and the formation of
Resident Ambassador teams. We
class research into the
are delighted with the progress of
to success but results in increased these two initiatives and it has been
understanding and goodwill. heartwarming to see the enthusiasm
prevention, diagnosis and
In the last few months, Living Choice of the resident ambassadors as they
has joined hands with two well- arrange special events to connect
established, reputable aged care residents with clients.
treatment of cancer. providers to ensure that our residents
can access high levels of care in three
states, New South Wales, Queensland
Of course, ‘joining hands’ implies giving
and receiving. Both staff members and
residents have benefited greatly from
and South Australia. working together on these events.
Residents have also manned the sales
Every dollar of every donation
While Living Choice provides mainly
independent living units, with extra offices on many occasions. They are
received goes to cancer research. support for as long as possible, wonderful ambassadors for retirement
sometimes residents need a higher village living and continue to provide
level of care. Therefore it is comforting valuable input to ensure the long-term
to know that there is a Memorandum viability of Living Choice villages. 1.
of Understanding in place with Padman On a final note, we are thrilled with
Health Care on the Sunshine Coast the feedback we have received since
and in Adelaide, and with Thompson the opening of our stunning display
Health Care on the Central Coast. apartment at Living Choice Fullarton
We personally inspected Padman’s on 4 February. The response has been
aged care facilities, Claremont overwhelming and demonstrates the
ACRF receives donations in many forms, but Residential Care in Nambour and need for the Living Choice standard of
Bentleigh Private Residential Care in retirement living in Adelaide. You can
the greatest gift comes from those who Kensington Gardens, Adelaide. We read all about the opening on page 2.
include us in their Will. Every dollar of every also visited Thompson Health Care’s
Tarragal Nursing Home in Erina and 1. Resident ambassadors, Thelma 2.
Richardson and Marie Warren
donation received at ACRF goes to cancer were impressed with not only the
organised a very successful
facilities, but the high standard of care.
research, allowing your bequest to work faster Living Choice residents will be given
Ploughman’s Lunch for residents
and their friends at Living Choice
access to these aged care facilities,
for the future of Australian lives. subject to normal assessment criteria.
Twin Waters. 2. Padman Health
Care’s aged care residential home,
If the resident is unable to pay the The Bentleigh in Kensington
entrance payment in full on admission, Gardens, Adelaide, to which Living
To make a bequest to ACRF or to enquire further a periodic payment will be charged Choice Fullarton residents will have
until the sale of the resident’s unit. access. 3. A bedroom at Claremont
about the research we fund, please phone What wonderful ‘peace of mind’ this Residential Home in Nambour,
1300 884 988 or email email@example.com. will provide for our residents. Padman’s aged care facility on the
We have also been ‘joining hands’
Thank you for supporting cancer research that has with our residents to increase the
the power to change the world. sales rates at all villages, thus ensuring Kind regards
that the value of their homes is Graham Hobbs and Ian Tregoning
maintained. In the Summer edition Directors, Living Choice
of Choice Living we announced
the boost to our Referral Reward
Cover photo: Foundation members at Living Choice Fullarton, Tony and Chris Nancarrow and Lois and Michael Gasking
www.acrf.com.au enjoy coffee at Darriwill Farm Gourmet Deli in Hyde Park. See story on page 2. PHOTO BY ROSS EASON 01
Big tick of the ‘island casino’
approval for comes to
Fullarton Kawana Island
display apartment 1.
Hundreds of people flocked to 123 Fisher Street,
Fullarton, site of Living Choice’s newest village, for the
opening of the display apartment in early February.
The response was overwhelming, with both deposit holders and
members of the public giving the apartment a big tick of approval.
“I’m not surprised at the huge response,” said Foundation Member,
Michael Gasking. I think it’s great – Living Choice Fullarton is set to
become an icon and a landmark development.”
Foundation Members were invited to view the display apartment on
the Friday, prior to the public viewing on Saturday. David Pisoni MP joined
2. Living Choice ambassador, John Wood and directors, Ian Tregoning
and Graham Hobbs to cut the ribbon to officially open the display. Many 2. 3.
Foundation Members returned with friends the following day to show
them the quality of their future home. ‘The party village’ is how residents on the Sunshine Coast
The Open Day on Saturday was scheduled to start at 10am but with describe Living Choice Kawana Island and it’s a reputation
lines starting to form at the welcome desk at 9.45am, it was all hands that the village residents are proud to live up to!
on deck to cope with the crowd. There are so many activities crammed into the monthly social
Living Choice’s South Australian ambassador, Keith Conlon and calendar that it is impossible to attend them all. One regular
John Wood were kept busy registering visitors and answering questions, event that is very popular is Texas Hold’em Poker which
while Living Choice’s directors and staff members showed clients the attracts up to 45 people. The weekly games culminate in a
apartment, plans, scale model of the village and décor ‘story boards’. final which is held every 13 weeks and the winning players
receive vouchers to a store of their choice.
Members of the Kidman Park Rotary Club fired up the BBQ for a
sausage sizzle and Shine Music and Entertainment provided background Two casino nights have also been held at the village, with
music throughout the day. the most recent, the ‘Island Casino’, attracting more than
100 residents. The leisure centre auditorium was magically
Living Choice Fullarton will offer a wide range of modern apartments,
transformed into a casino with Blackjack tables, Lucky
from one-bedroom to ultra luxurious three-bedroom plus study
Wheels, Texas Hold’em Poker, Crown & Anchor and Roulette
penthouses. Residents will also be able to enjoy a great lifestyle, with
– using play money of course!
5-star resort facilities available, including a restaurant serving three meals
daily. At the time of going to press, more than one third of the apartments Everyone got into the spirit, dressing up to suit the occasion.
5. had been sold. There were prizes for best dressed man and woman, lucky
4. 5. spot prizes and the major prize of the night went to the
If you would like a free DVD on Living Choice Fullarton,
person finishing with the most money. The ‘gambling’ was
email firstname.lastname@example.org 1. Residents try their luck at the roulette table. 2. Dawn Wood,
1. Visitors admire the Jacaranda display apartment preceded by dinner, followed by a night of fun and games at
pictured with Jan Reed, shows off her Lucky Wheel prize. the tables of the ‘Island Casino’.
at 123 Fisher Street, Fullarton. 2. Foundation 3. Eric Brusewitz and Dawn Chalkley. 4. Mick Griffis and
members, Jenny and Don Orchard with their The driving force behind the casino nights is Phil Price, ably
Stan Foote. 5. ’Island Casino’ organiser, Phil Price is flanked
granddaughter Jessica Bullock. 3. Judy Trenbath by ‘showgirls’ Marlene Dundas and Mary Paton. assisted by his wife Shirley and many helpers. Plans are
views the plan of the Kingfisher, the apartment already afoot for a third casino night later this year.
she has chosen for her future home. 4. David
Pisoni MP admires the artist’s impression of the APT 114 – THE GARNET, Lavishly appointed 3 bedroom waterfront apartment
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Most people view retirement as a period of
rest and relaxation; however, many residents
at Living Choice villages believe it opens up a
whole new world of opportunities.
For Living Choice Twin Waters resident, Annette Helling-
Benze, ‘retirement’ has meant the realisation of an academic
Achieves An dream – the awarding of a Master of International Business
degree from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).
However, her academic career is far from over – she has
AcAdemic now been accepted to study for a PhD!
Annette and husband Paul moved into their luxury, top-floor
penthouse in 2009. It was a big lifestyle change for the
couple who met at a Mercedes Benz club event in Germany
in 2002, married in 2007 and emigrated to Australia in 2008.
For the first year, Annette – who ran her own business
A dAy of celebrAtion At Broadwater Court
support company for 25 years – enjoyed the freedom of
being able to read and travel. “However, I realised that I
needed a challenge. I wanted my brain to stay active and
Paul suggested that I return to university to pursue my dream
of obtaining a Masters degree. It was an uphill battle to get
Friday 20th January was a red letter day In the morning, more than 100 residents and VIP guests gathered to applaud my German degree recognised but the staff members at the
as Paul Brindle, Acting National Accreditation Manager of the Retirement Department of International Students at USC were terrific
for Living Choice Broadwater Court, with and I was accepted in August 2010,” she said.
Village Association, presented the Accreditation Certificate to Graham Hobbs,
two events held on one day to celebrate director of Living Choice. This highly prized Certificate is only awarded to Annette attended classes on campus and thoroughly
both the awarding of Accreditation to the villages that have undergone a “rigorous assessment to ensure quality, enjoyed the experience. What makes Annette’s
village and the release of new apartment professionalism and best class physical amenities”. accomplishment even more remarkable is that she suffers
Mr Hobbs and Bill Pollitt, Chairman of the Residents’ Executive Committee, from rheumatoid arthritis, an extremely painful condition
prices at Waterfront Estate. that makes it difficult for her to type. “I would never have
spoke of the importance of Accreditation to both the operator and residents.
Village manager Tim Bentley, thanked all those who had assisted in achieving managed without Paul’s support. He cooked, cleaned,
this special milestone, in particular Leanne Maini, as well as all staff members drove me around when necessary and encouraged me.”
for making the necessary changes to comply with Accreditation standards. Annette is now hard at work on her PhD, which will take
“A few words come to mind with this achievement for the village - teamwork, approximately three to four years to complete. She has
continuous improvement, reassurance, best practice and relief!” he said. chosen to study the corporate social responsibility of German
A highlight of the celebration was the exquisite piano playing by concert pianist and UK steel companies during the 19th century and in
and Broadwater Court resident, Noelene Workman. Noelene, a graduate of the present. In particular, she will examine how different
the Sydney Music Conservatory, was an examiner for the Australian Music cultural backgrounds influence the level of corporate social
Examination Board for 30 years and also obtained her Masters degree in responsibility and its relevance for large companies today.
Church Music in New Orleans. Her rendition of the Warsaw Concerto by It is a subject close to her heart as she grew up in Essen,
Richard Addinsell was a fitting conclusion to a very enjoyable morning. home of ThyssenKrupp, one of the biggest steel companies
The celebrations continued that evening when a Twilight Champagne in the world which employs 180 000 people across all
Viewing was held for clients and resident ambassadors to release the five continents. The original company Friedrich Krupp AG,
new apartment prices at Waterfront Estate. For full details of this exciting pioneered the concept of providing social services for its
promotion, phone 1800 064 344. workers, including subsidised housing and health and
1. Enjoying the Twilight Champagne Viewing at Waterfront Estate are (from left) Barbara Golding, Joan Boseley, Heather Forbes As both an international student and local resident,
and Wendy Travers. 2. Paul Brindle (left), Acting Accreditation Manager of the RVA, presents the Accreditation Certificate to Annette will have the privilege of attending two graduation
Graham Hobbs, director of Living Choice. 3. Pianist, Noelene Workman delights the audience. 4. Sir Ross Buckland (Deputy ceremonies at USC. She was ‘capped’ at the international
Chairman, Residents’ Executive Committee), Christine Osgood (Operations Manager), Bill Pollitt (Chairman, Residents’ student graduation in late November and will be recognised
Annette Helling-Benze and her proud husband Paul.
Executive Committee) and Tim Bentley (village manager). PHOTOS BY DAVE GRASSBY again at the main graduation ceremony in April. No doubt,
PHOTO BY ROSS NILSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Paul will be proudly watching from the wings.
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1. 2. 4.
1. Colin Bridge
Gold Coast Mayor
Sir Bruce Small
at an outside
broadcast for 2SM.
2. Colin at his home
at Living Choice 3. 5.
meet Glenhaven ‘swAggie’, JAck stunnell
When Living Choice ambassador, go cane-cutting. He returned to
John Wood visited Living Choice Sydney to pursue his trade but
“I lived alone without a home
colin looks bAck Glenhaven to give a poetry
reading recently, resident Jack
the call of the bush was too strong
and he went ‘bush fencing’ in and drifted with the tide,
Stunnell was in the front row, until the fair and lovely Valda Jean
on 35 yeArs of broAdcAsting
Collarenebri, NSW and then opal
enjoying every word. digging in Lightning Ridge. He also became my blushing bride.
Jack has loved reciting and spent time in Tasmania, picking
There are not many people who can boast that they entertainers and actors, including singers Marty Robbins, writing poetry since he was a raspberries and strawberries. The stars at night were far less bright
interviewed all three Apollo 11 astronauts, were part of Gordon MacRae, Jane Powell, Vera Lynn, Frankie Laine, young boy at school and he is When he married his wife Valda,
well-loved at the village for his
than the eyes of this radiant girl,
the team that covered the Muhammad Ali – Joe Frazier Elton John, Johnny Mathis, Eddie Fisher and Wayne Newton, they settled back in Sydney and
fight in Manila and met entertainers such as Vera Lynn, plus actors Roger Moore, Hugh O’Brian, James Brolin and sense of humour and poetry he worked as a shipwright until and the sunshine laughed,
Elton John and Johnny Mathis. John Meillon,” said Colin. recitals. So it was no surprise the age of 60. They have been danced and played
Living Choice Alloura Waters resident, Colin Bridge did all A highlight was spending time in the company of the great when he took centre stage at the married for 58 years and Valda
village’s Australia Day celebration
around her ginger curls.
of these in his 35 years of radio broadcasting but you will Sir Donald Bradman. Colin’s wife Beryl surprised him with still treasures an opal that he dug
never hear him boasting about it – in fact, it took a lot of a dinner suit and an air ticket to Adelaide for the launch as a ‘swaggie’ to recite all thirteen up at Lightning Ridge. Jack has
verses of Banjo Patterson’s The But time has passed;
persuasion to get him to talk about his amazing career! of the Bradman Albums. “The Don had sent some poems a wonderful sense of humour
I had written about him to the Bradman Museum at Bowral.
Man from Snowy River – all and when asked how he is, he she is getting old
Colin’s broadcasting career started in 1959 with 2GF in
without notes, and aged 80+! invariably answers, “If I was any her hair will soon go grey.
Grafton, followed by a stint at 2HD in Newcastle and 32 The fact that he sent them to the museum, and not I, was
years at Sydney stations 2SM, 2UW and 2CH. As a journalist, most pleasing,” added Colin. Jack has always had a special love fitter, I would be dangerous!”
I think I will look for a younger one
newsreader and sports commentator (rugby league and for the bush, despite growing up in He wrote a poem for his wife
Colin is disappointed at the amount of negativity and derision and be on my merry way!
boxing), he was involved in describing some of the greatest Sydney. He became a shipwright but hastens to add that he does
on radio today. “Grammar has suffered greatly. Ethics has
events in history. One of these was the Ali/Frazier fight but soon escaped the city to not really mean the last verse!
also suffered through talk-back radio and some verbally
when he interviewed the contestants and their handlers and aggressive announcers who tread a very close line.”
renowned author, Norman Mailer at the ringside after the bout.
Colin and Beryl moved to Living Choice Alloura Waters 1. Australia Day ‘swaggie’ Jack Stunnell recites The Man from Snowy River. 2. Organisers of the Australia Day celebrations,
He also interviewed Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and in 2002 and these days, he keeps busy writing short stories, Ernie Begg, Barbara Vickery, Betty Chapman, Louise Warry, Elaine Melliger, Pat Waters, Wendy Caris (convenor) and
command module pilot, Michael Collins at a media conference some of which can be seen on the residents’ own website Carol Armstrong. 3. Gai Campbell, Marj Starr and Pat Sandercock with visitor Edie Solomanson. 4. Frank O’Dwyer,
in Sydney shortly after their return from the moon in 1969. www.allourawatersresidents.com They are certainly Barbara Gurney and Pam Woods enjoy the Australia Day celebrations at Glenhaven. 5. The village choir impressed with
“I had the pleasure of meeting some of my favourite worth reading! their Australia Day songs. PHOTOS BY BOB WILLIAMS
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custom and got to know an awful lot of
people,” she said, adding “Like Lucky
fAscinAting Starr, I’ve been everywhere!”
At one of the venues where Irene
played she met Gordon Murdoch,
stories whom she hadn’t seen for 20 years.
“I worked with him at Anthony
to tell At Hordern’s. I was playing in Lane Cove
and we got talking. He said he and his
wife Enid were looking at retirement
“The next time I saw him he was living
at Leisure Lea Gardens. Each time after
that I would ask, ‘Are you still happy?’
and his reply was always the same –
Journey to ‘We’re very happy’. I often came to the
village as I knew some of the people
Leisure Lea Gardens there and I used to bring items for
customers from my daughter’s dress
shop in North Ryde. Gordon passed
stArted with A key ring away and Enid moved to her daughter’s
but I knew they were always happy here.”
From clearing thousands of tons of in Wamberal, followed by a house Japan. He did 12 trips over a By Glynis Macri Her father agreed and for two years “Time passed until one day I woke up -
live munitions left by United States in North Pearl Estate, Umina and then two-year period, including taking crew Irene was spoilt by the nuns as they it was my wedding anniversary and I was
Irene Hunter was destined to live at
troops in the British Solomon Islands a villa at Ettalong. for the HMAS Sydney to England to set up a convent. They taught her to on my own, I had recently been caught
Leisure Lea Gardens long before she
Protectorate, to serving as a “Pink Reg was a volunteer shopping bus collect Australia’s first aircraft carrier. play the piano and the violin at which out by a conman, I had a big house and
even thought of moving to a retirement
Lady” at Brisbane Waters Private driver for Meals on Wheels for six years As a Bomb and Mine Disposal Rating, she excelled. After two years, the nuns I had broken my wrist. I was truly sick of
village. For over 20 years, she had
Hospital, it has been a full and but had to give this up after suffering he cleared live munitions from the moved from Raleigh to Dorrigo, where it all and I decided to buy a unit.”
used a key ring she had received from
fascinating life for Reg Sparkes of a minor stroke. As soon as he was jungle areas of Hells Point, Guadalcanal, a function for her spare keys with the she stayed another two years before “Leisure Lea Gardens was the first place
Living Choice Deepwater Court. well again, he became a volunteer Henderson Airfield and Sun Valley name of Leisure Lea on one side and winning a music scholarship to a high I came to. I had seen an advertisement
Reg and his wife Dorothy moved “Pink Lady” at Brisbane Waters Private over a 13-month period. He received a charity on the other. She had never school in Lismore. in the paper with a unit I liked, but
to Deepwater Court from Ettalong Hospital for the next six years (although the princely sum of 5 shillings per day taken much notice until the day she “I used to play at many local functions the next week there was a new
in 2009 and they are typical of the he refused to wear a pink apron!). “danger” money; however he was handed in the keys to her house and and they called me the official advertisement and I wondered if the first
wonderful residents who have chosen Last September, Reg and Dorothy docked 2/6 if it rained for half a day! found it was a Leisure Lea key ring. accompanist, which I thought was very unit had been sold. I rang up and was
to settle in this small village. All have These days, Reg spends his time smart,” she said. told it was still available.”
celebrated their 60th wedding Irene was born in the small town of
interesting stories to tell, certainly anniversary and congratulatory reading, swimming in the village Raleigh, between Maxville and Coffs After finishing school Irene returned “Ron showed me around and I made up
enough to fill a book, and many have messages were received from the pool and serving on the committee Harbour. The only reason people went home and met her husband Jim but he my mind on the spot. It had a long wall
shared experiences which add to Queen, Governor General, Prime of the Extremely Disabled War Vets to Raleigh was to catch the punt that soon had to go off to war. She played in for my piano. When I came to sign the
the camaraderie experienced at this Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Association. He is also on the Residents’ crossed the Bellinger River to go to bands until his return and they made the papers, Ron said to me, ‘You know how
friendly village. NSW Governor, State and Federal Committee. Meanwhile, Dorothy enjoys either Maxville or Coffs Harbour. move to Sydney. you always talk about your friends the
Both Reg and Dorothy retired in 1989 - MPs and the Gosford Mayor. gardening and, most Fridays, she Murdochs, well this was their unit’.”
She was eight years old when her “It was 65 years ago and I found work
Dorothy from the Pathology Department The Local Federal MP also hosted visits places of interest in Sydney with mother had to go to Sydney to receive at Anthony Hordern’s as a Melody Girl. “I have been here for several years now
at Westmead Hospital after 19 years an afternoon tea for Dorothy and six local girlfriends. Dorothy and Reg medical treatment. Her father, who ran I used to play the piano between 12 and I love my unit. It’s just lovely.”
of service and Reg as the National Reg, at which he was presented with have a son Laurie, daughter-in-law the local general store, had a hard time and 3pm so people could hear the Irene still has the key ring. She removed
Sales Manager at Edgell/Birds Eye Certificates of Appreciation for service Lynnette, three granddaughters and controlling her on his own and the local tunes from sheet music they wanted it when she handed her keys to the
Food Services Division, after 30 years in WWII and the British Commonwealth six great-grandchildren. nuns suggested that she stay with them to buy. I would often be asked if I ever agent. It seemed the key ring had finally
of service. After retiring, they bought a Occupation Forces. Reg served on the Mondays to Fridays. did outside work. I picked up a lot of come home.
caravan and travelled extensively for 12 original HMAS Kanimbla, a land assault Reg and Dorothy Sparkes in the
months but the comforts of home were troop ship which transported the first garden at Living Choice Alloura
calling and they purchased a townhouse Australian Occupational Troops to Waters. PHOTO BY DAVE GRASSBY Irene Hunter with Living Choice ambassador John Wood. This photo hangs in the window of her daughter’s
North Ryde dress shop.
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