On Friday 25 October 2019, Southern Cross Care Karinya proudly celebrated their 30th birthday with an open day, official presentation and morning tea.
Karinya, whose name is an Aboriginal word which means peaceful home, welcomed special guests Mayor Keith Campbell, Councillor Roz Froloff, guests from the original Donors’ Honour Board and members of local business and community groups including the Returned and Services League (RSL), Heritage Bank, South Burnett Lawyers, Lions and the Senior Citizens Association.
Around 150 people attended the celebration, which featured tours of the facility throughout the day, a huge cake, a sausage sizzle by the local Men’s Shed, and a range of activities in which the residents participate.
Those who were interested in the history of Karinya could browse scrap books from 30 years past, including newspaper clippings, and guests were invited to sign the guest book as a keepsake commemorating the celebration.
Southern Cross Care (Qld)’s Chief of Mission and Identity, Michael Hart, conducted the official presentation and spoke about the proud history of Karinya, the reputation of the caring staff at the facility and the peacefulness of the surroundings. “My experience of this facility is that the care provided is holistic, caring for body, mind and soul; which flows from a fundamental belief in valuing and respecting each individual person,” said Mr Hart.
Mr Hart paid tribute to the community groups and service organisations who have played an integral part in the ongoing support of Karinya, and the resulting close community ties that are evident.
Residential Manager Liz Clark said it was particularly poignant that the celebration was held in the Treeby Outdoor Entertainment Area, which was built with funds generously bequeathed to Karinya by the local Treeby family. “Residents, families, staff and visitors thoroughly enjoyed the celebration and I would like to thank everyone who participated in this special occasion for their support of Karinya,” said Ms Clark.