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Seniors on Thong for Australia Day

 The spirit of Australia Day was alive and kicking at Catholic Homes’ Marist aged care residence in Belmont, with its residents taking part in a variety of themed events last week, including a jocular thong-throwing contest.

From Australian poetry readings to creative arts conveying ‘what Australia means to us’, using native nuts and berries, Marist Lodge’s elderly residents celebrated Australia Day all week long.

 Residents participating in Australia Day events

The celebration culminated in an Australiana concert, complete with a barbecue and the main event of a thong-throwing competition, on January 23, with an Australian-themed lunch on Australia Day itself. 

Senior Occupational Therapist Elizabeth Oliver said the variety of the interactive events were designed to engage residents in meaningful ways. “Our lifestyle staff went to great lengths with an amazing Australia Day program this year to really engage residents with the spirit of our great nation,” she said.

“The thong-throwing event really captures the tongue-in-cheek spirit of many Australians, and what better way to celebrate our national day.”

Catholic Homes Incorporated has been caring for seniors in the West Australian community for more than 40 years, providing a range of retirement and aged care facilities.

With a community made up of staff and residents from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, the not-for-profit organization operates seven residential aged care facilities and four independent living villages in WA.

Southern Gazette, Tuesday, January 27, 2014