A Letter from the Queen

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Len and Phyllis, members of our Suncare community, recently celebrated an extraordinary milestone – their 70th wedding anniversary. What makes their celebration truly remarkable is the outpouring of recognition they received from dignitaries around the realm. 

The couple were surprised and deeply honoured to receive not just one, but multiple letters of congratulations from esteemed dignitaries. Among the senders were Her Majesty the Queen, the Governor General, the Prime Minister and several Members of Parliament, all expressing their admiration and best wishes for the couple’s enduring Partnership.

The couple, whose journey together began with a simple act of kindness at their local Baptist church, have touched countless lives with their love and generosity. Len and Phyllis both attended the same Baptist church on a Friday where they would ride their bikes home with a group of friends. Len noticed that the other girls would ride ahead and leave Phyllis behind as she wasn’t the strongest rider. Len’s decision to ride slowly with Phyllis sparked the beginning of their romantic journey together.

Their story, however, did not end there. When they learned that a young boy from their church was in need of a stable home, Len and Phyllis opened their home and hearts without hesitation. They later welcomed a young girl from the orphanage into their family 

One Christmas, when their daughter was quite young, she surprised them by saying that the only thing she wanted for Christmas was for her brother to get out of the orphanage too. Opening their hearts once again, they returned to the orphanage and adopted her brother. Their decision to open their hearts and homes to those less fortunate resulted in the transformation of young lives and the creation of a loving family.

The couple’s relocation to Bribie Island in 2001 marked the beginning of a new chapter in their story, where they continued to receive support from Suncare and adore the company they get from our support workers. Phyllis prefers a quiet catch up with her support whilst Len loves to tell stories of his childhood and family. 

Len and Phyllis’s story is a shining example of love, kindness, and resilience. As they bask in the glow of their 70th anniversary celebrations, their story continues to inspire us all to cherish the bonds of love and the importance of giving back to others. 

 

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