“The spirit of people, music and the community”
Close to 450 people gathered at Whitmore Square on Thursday 7 December for “great food, atmosphere and community spirit” at Baptist Care SA’s annual Carols in the Square event.
The free community event brought together people of all ages, cultures and circumstances to celebrate diversity and share in the true meaning of Christmas.
Clients, staff, neighbours, volunteers and members from our Baptist churches gathered together to enjoy performances by Holdfast Bay Concert Band, Tutti Choir, Matteo Mazzilli, and Sturt Street Community School Choir.
We would like to give a big thanks to Street Fleet, the City of Adelaide, Westcare Baptist Church and the wonderful baristas from our Youth, Education & Training program ‘Bean Buggy’ – as well as our amazing staff and volunteers.
More than 150 struggling families known to the staff at Baptist Care SA’s WestCare Centre were able to experience the joy of giving a gift to their child on Christmas morning. This was made possible through the generosity of numerous individuals, churches and businesses whose gifts put smiles on the faces of 310 children!
Inner City Manager, Stefano Tocci said there was a great buzz around the Centre during the festive season as staff and volunteers excitedly coordinated the collection of gifts for families doing it tough. “Our Annual Toy Drive offers practical support and hope to those who often feel left out. It demonstrates that there are people who are thinking of them at such an important time of year”.
Thank you to everyone who helped give the gift of dignity to families this Christmas season!
The WestCare kitchen, along with church members, staff and volunteers, put on another incredible spread on Christmas Day. 95 people gathered for a delicious festive meal and courtyard cricket – a typically Aussie Christmas tradition.
We would like to thank everyone who gave time to make this Christmas at WestCare so special. A big thanks also to Heather and the team for their hard work in preparing food and decking the WestCare dining hall with tinsel, bon bons and Christmas cheer.
On 14 December, Wayville Level 1 threw a disco party at Rostrever College for Care Services clients over the age of 12. It was a great night with body art, ginger bread house making and Santa made a special appearance!
On 19 December staff also threw a party for Disability, Short Term Care and Residential Care clients. They day proved to be a great success with obstacle courses, visits from rescue animals and an incredible singing performance by staff member Israel Amoy. This was a real hit with the young people as they enjoyed getting up and singing along. We would like to say a big thank you to Israel for taking time out of his day to celebrate Christmas and put a smile on the children’s faces. We would also like to thank everyone who donated presents or money towards a gift for all of the children and young people in our care.