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Merrimac Park August Newsletter

The month of July was filled with various activities for the Gold Coast aged care residents such as a performance by the Melody Major Choir, bus trips and a visit from some little helpers.

Special Event

This month at Merrimac Park, we held a market day to raise funds for lifestyle while giving residents an experience of a shopping fun day.

Everyone has a lovely time looking at all the stalls while enjoying a cup of coffee in the sunshine.

Family members from a Ritz level 1 resident gave an impressive ballroom performance.


Our Ritz residents enjoy regular physical activities to keep us fit and competitive, like putt-putt golf and Indoor bowls.

This month residents have been working on some pottery during our arts and craft sessions.

Ritz also had a double feature of the popular movie Paddington and its sequel Paddington 2.

During the school holidays, Merrimac Park was delighted to have little helpers walking around spending time with the residents.


The residents at Raffles enjoy their morning teas in the sunshine and chatting amongst each other.

This month residents had an enjoyable time cooking Chicken Rendang, a delicious Malaysian/Indonesian chicken stew made with coconut milk and a variety of spices.

Raffles men’s group got creative with rock painting and scratch art.


Merrimac enjoys entertainment from the Melody Majors Choir group.

Happy hour concerts included performances by Johno and Irma Courtney with a relaxing Wednesday morning concert with Just Jeff.

Bus Trips

Merrimac Park had two all-day bus trips; one was a picnic at Fingal, and the second was a barbeque at Santa Barbara.

We also took Ritz residents on short scenic bus trips around the gold coast for morning tea. One morning they had the pleasure of coming across a friendly lady and her horse.

Meet Our People

Carol (nee Cousins) was born in Sydney, NSW in 1942 and lived in Burwood with her mother, father and sister (all now deceased.)

Carol is married to Don, although they have no children together, Carol is step mum to Denise and David, and step-grandmother to five children and five great-grandchildren.

As an adult, Carol worked as a teacher and has taught in many places. When Carol was a teacher at a RAAF School in Penang, Malaysia, she met her now-husband, Don, on a blind date.

In December of 1975, Carol and Don were married in Burwood, NSW and then honeymooned in Bonny Hills, NSW.

Carol swam every day at home, loved to feed all of the wild birds in the garden and has a love for all animals, especially dogs and horses.

She taught in schools throughout the world such as Malaysia, Singapore, India, Iceland, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Germany, USA, UK and various countries throughout North Africa.

Carol and Don owned and raced Racehorses where they would compete at meets in country NSW and the ACT.

She loved travelling and has extensively seen many parts of the world. In March 1989, Carol took eight months long service leave from the Education Department and went to Africa. She trekked the Gorillas in the wild throughout Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Botswana. She also trekked polar bears in Alaska in September / October 2001.

This Month’s Activities

World Scarf Day

Scout and Girl Guide Day

Japanese Visit

Japanese student visits


6th Rhonda
20th Deidre
22nd Zdenka
22nd Engelina