The month of March was filled with various activities such as arts, physical exercise and Easter celebrations plus outings at the Gold Coast Aged Care Facility.
Our residents took advantage of the rare moments of sunny weather to enjoy a couple of outings on the bus. We visited Hinze dam for morning tea with the residents from Ritz and an afternoon trip with residents from Raffles.
We also took a refreshing trip to the beach at Currumbin on the 19th as well as an all-day trip to Kingscliff for a barbecue in the park on the 26th.
Here at Merrimac Park, we offer a range of exercise programs in order to keep our residents active with physical activities such as physio class, balloon volleyball and bowls as well as daily walks around our beautiful grounds.
If you love singing and dancing, Merrimac staff and residents will have you up and moving in no time. This month we’ve had three wonderful concerts, one on the 9th with Mark Dean, the second on the 16th for St Patricks Day celebrations with Phil Guest and a special Saturday concert with the much loved Col Wilson.
Merrimac Park Getting Creative
Get your creative juices flowing every week with our arts and crafts sessions where we create new and interesting masterpieces and decorations for special events. Additionally, residents get their baking on with monthly cooking classes.
This month, Raffles made Irish potato sweets, which are not for the faint-hearted, so sweet but such a lovely treat to celebrate St Patrick’s day.
Word and Board Games
Challenge your mind with our weekly games like Scrabble, Rummykin and Focus that will keep you on your toes trying to keep up with some of our regular players.
Merrimac Park celebrated Easter with a happy hour on Thursday with some nibbles, drinks and lucky door prizes. We all hope you have a safe and happy long weekend.
Meet our People
Meet Ron Prestney. Ron is our star artist at Merrimac Park Private Care. He paints and sells his painting to the residents and staff. You might have seen some of his wonderful pieces hanging up around the Facility.
Ron’s work has been widely recognised, particularly in New Zealand, where he was an active member of the New Zealand Academy of fine arts and where he resided until 1988. His paintings feature in private and commercial collections in at least 13 countries. His work was regularly exhibited at the prestigious Kelleher art exhibition. The Kelleher art trust has purchased his paintings for display in leading New Zealand hotels.
For many years his work was reproduced by the Save the Children Fund as cards for extensive overseas distribution. Notably, four of his works were chosen by the world president of Lions international to be presented to the Queen Mother, President Giscard d Estaing, Prince Philip and the vice chancellor of West Germany, Hans Dietrich Genscher.
A career appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand governments export guarantee officer involved Ron in sixteen years of extensive overseas travel. Additionally, this provided the opportunity for a study of the international art trends and was the catalyst for many of this works depicting the varied landscapes of other countries.
Ron has held numerous successful one-man exhibitions in New Zealand. Plus, since becoming a permanent Australian resident, he has held a successful exhibition in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Furthermore, his work has also been displayed by such leading galleries as the Schubert Gallery Surfers Paradise. Plus, major organisations such as the Robina Land Corporation purchased his paintings’.
His exhibits have won art excellence awards at the Nudgee festival.
This Month’s Activities
Irma Courtney coming to entertain during happy hour.
During the commonwealth games, Merrimac will hold some games of our own from the 4th to the 6th. Games will include bocce, table tennis and basketball for our morning activities.
National Garlic day we are cooking garlic pizzas in ritz.
Merrimac will hold a morning service in the pavilion assisted by our amazing hotel services manager Toni.