Praise for raising funds for aged care

THANK you Theodore.

That was the message from Theodore Council on the Ageing Incorporated (TCOTA) for raising $240,000 to pay off a Department of Housing grant so the community would not lose control of the town's retirement village, an issue Central Telegraph has closely followed.

CEO Julie Gee said it was with “absolute appreciation” that TCOTA hosted a morning tea for the community on Thursday, August 13 at the HACC Centre.

“The morning tea was a small thank-you for the outstanding response to the fundraising venture in paying out our retirement units from the Department,” Julie said.

In September 2008, the community decided that it would be far more beneficial for our ageing community if they repaid funding and reclaimed management of all 16 units in the retirement village. “Six months later $240,000 was raised to meet this commitment and the retirement village remains in the capable hands of the community.

“Our community is proud and generous in spirit and continues to be feisty in its endeavours to continually retain and improve services and facilities, safeguarding our own ageing future in Theodore,” Julie said.

Chair Tom Horn and Julie congratulated the Theodore community for their donation of funds, time and support.

They acknowledged the strength of community and the foresight of founding members to plan for ageing services in the small rural community.

Sixty people enjoyed a gathering in the newly extended HACC centre and agreed it was a complex to be proud of and an example to many.

The board, staff and most importantly, the residents of TCOTA thank all community members for this wonderful and truly outstanding response.

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