29 June, 2023
Network says thanks
MORE than 80 special guests enjoyed a ‘thankyou luncheon’ for carers and recipients in Warrnambool yesterday.
Care providers from across the district and their recipients came together for an afternoon of shared stories and laughter at the City Memorial Bowls Club.
Andrew Suggett, chairman of the Warrnambool Combined Health Support Network, said the event was a “wonderful way to thank care providers, recipients and health services for their contributions.”
“This was our first free luncheon for many years and we are hoping it will become an annual event,” Mr Suggett said.
“Our support network incorporates many health services and health providers across the wider Warrnambool district who offer a wonderful service to recipients of all ages, whose needs are wide and varied.
“This includes everything from stroke and prostate cancer through to Parkinson’s, myeloma, arthritis, movement disorders, mental health – there’s a wide spectrum of chronic diseases that fall under our umbrella.”
According to Mr Suggett, this week’s luncheon was one way the Warrnambool Combined Health Support Network could recognise and thank all those involved in care giving across the local community.
“As a recipient myself, I know the important role that carers play in the lives of recipients,” he said.
“We (the support network) are here to let people know there is assistance available and we can help guide them towards those resources.”
The network is in the process of organising an expo, to be held at Warrnambool’s Civic Green sometime in November.
“Once the date has been set we will let the community know,” Mr Suggett said.
“This will be an ideal opportunity for all our wonderful health care providers and support groups to set up a marquee or stand and keep the community informed of what’s available.
“Last year’s expo was very successful and I’m sure this year’s will be even better.”