The 100th birthday of Agnes, a resident at JH McDonald Wing at Maffra Hospital, turned out to be a community celebration.
Diversional Therapist Kirsty Snyder and Nurse Unit Manager Leah Adams put out a request to local community groups associated with the hospital’s activities calendar for birthday cards and the response was overwhelming.
The aim was to present Agnes with 100 birthday cards on her 100th birthday.
The cards flooded into the hospital including many from staff. Maffra Neighbourhood House put the project on its Facebook page which had more than 2000 views. Cards came from as far as Traralgon with best wishes.
The community groups who handed in bundles of cards included Duke St Kindergarten,
Maffra Anglican Church, Maffra Girl Guides, Maffra Hospital Auxiliary, Maffra Neighbourhood house and Maffra Uniting Church.
Maffra Primary School students visited the hospital on the day of Agnes’ birthday and one by one, presented Agnes with a hand-made cards and a paper daisy chain. The students had been practising some “old” songs for weeks so residents and family who attended the birthday party could sing along.
Agnes’ family brought along a beautiful cake while a hospital staff member made a large cream cake so there was enough to go around.
Meanwhile Kirsty has been building a pen friend project which encourages the community to continue to send letters and postcards to residents in long term care.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or if you can visit a resident once a fortnight, contact Maffra District Hospital McDonald wing and ask for Kirsty.