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Walking for reconciliation

Suncare and the Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Group recently hosted an event at Cotton Tree Park as part of the 3km Reconciliation Coastal Walk along Alexandra Headland. 

Uniting Care Community, the North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health and Life Without Barriers also joined the event, with stalls along the park overlooking the river, while the Lions Club of Lake Currimundi supplied a delicious sausage sizzle which tempted the attendees.

The Spirit Lives at ANZAC event

More than 80 guests attended The Spirit Lives commemorative event for the ANZAC centenary held at the Maroochydore Community Centre on 19 April.

Meals on Wheels Maroochydore (MoW) and Suncare Community Services hosted the event which included Vietnam Veterans, War Widows and ex-servicewomen who celebrated together with June Conolly, one the original founding committee members for Meals on Wheels Maroochydore. June received a Living Legend award in 2013 for her valuable contribution and dedication over the years.

Suncare supports National Close the Gap Day

Suncare Community Services and the Nandjimadji Art Group joined the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Indigenous Services Branch for the National Close the Gap Day on 16 March.

Carer Support Project Coordinator Christina Fletcher, Marketing Coordinator Vicky Gray and Support Worker Tania Van-Ierssel held a stall to showcase Suncare’s services and took the opportunity to display artwork from the Nandjimadji Art Group.

Nandjimadji canoe on show at National Sprint Titles

Suncare members proudly joined the Nandjimadji Art Group and Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (OACRA) for an exciting day on Lake Kawana, Sunshine Coast, at the National Sprint Titles on 3 February 2017.

AOCRA President Mark Forbes approached the Nandjimadji group to participate in the annual event to showcase the canoe which was painted last year by art group members and launched internationally.

Competitors join hands for canoe artwork

The Touching Hands Canoe was the centrepiece of the nine-day Va'a World Elite and Club Sprint Championships held on the Sunshine Coast earlier this month.

An official coordinator from each of the 30 participating nations placed their handprint on the canoe, followed by competitors who placed their own mark which included handprints, thumbs up, foot prints and even a dingo's foot print.

Suncare volunteers donate almost 170,000 hours

Suncare Community Services volunteers have celebrated this year’s National Volunteer Week with a morning tea in Maroochydore on 13 May.

“Volunteers are an integral part of our care delivery business. We value our volunteers and are proud that more than 400 volunteers choose to spend some of their time with us,” Suncare CEO Russell Mason said.

“In 2015-16 our volunteers donated almost 170,000 hours, representing $4.2 million of donated services.”

Charles takes up the iPad, aged 101

Former World War II veteran Charles Richardson now feels confident to use smart tablets - at the age of 101.

“Now that I have seen these iPads, I might get back into computers,” he said after yesterday’s Digital Ambassadors workshop in Kilkivan.

About 20 people aged over 60 came from Nanango, Goomeri and Kilkivan to attend the region’s first Digital Ambassadors program hosted by Suncare Community Services and Telstra.

Nandjimadji exhibition told artists' stories

The Sunshine Coast’s Nandjimadji Art Group recently finished its successful three-month mixed media exhibition Walan Giiny held at the State Library of Queensland.

Walan Giiny (meaning Strong Heart) featured works from 25 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with a disability who told their stories through art works on canvas and painted objects.

The exhibition was presented as a partnership between Suncare Community Services, First Peoples Disability Network and Synapse.

Bundaberg residents develop their digital skills

Suncare Community Services client Valerie Gibson now has a better understanding of how to use her iPad, thanks to some hands-on help at Telstra’s Digital Ambassadors workshop on 4 December.

Valerie was among 15 Suncare carers and care recipients who participated in the workshop to learn about staying safe online and how to use mobile phones and tablets.

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