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Vol 14 No. 8 September 2009

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Farewell - Barbara Paterson

Barbara PatersonThe Maryborough and District Committee on the Ageing Inc. has accepted with much regret the resignation of Project Director Barbara Paterson.

At the Annual General Meeting on 24 August, Barbara presented her final Annual Report.

Barbara has held this position since April 1995 and her involvement in the OPAP programme throughout that time has made a big impact on the community. The manner in which she promoted the many services, activities and the needs of the older persons in our community has been outstanding.

Barbara was always there to extend a helping hand and her cheerful personality will be truly missed by the Executive and volunteers and all those she supported and cared about in the broader community.

Barbara has accepted nomination as a member of the Management Committee for The Maryborough and District Committee on the Ageing Inc.


Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness:
Kindness in your face,
Kindness in your eyes,
Kindness in your smile.

Mother Teresa


Stay in touch with Life

Having that regular contact with other people is also important for your mind, helping to keep you mentally active and emotionally engaged with wider community. It helps to ward off loneliness and more serious problems like depression.

It means more than just having the occasional chat over the backyard fence with an old mate or girlfriend, though these things are very important too.

It's about staying in touch with your local community and staying in touch with life more generally.

Older Australians have so much to offer, not just to friends and family, but to the wider community.

Consider Volunteering – Think for a moment where Australia would be were it not for the many tens of thousands of older Australians who each volunteer some of their time to various tasks.

The vital work volunteers do is invaluable. Volunteering builds social capital within communities and makes Australia a better and stronger country in which to live.

It has a positive impact on the individual volunteer, and the people who are assisted by community-based organisations and society more widely.

Who would have thought – that by helping other people you can also help yourself lead a healthier, more active life?

Staying in touch with family, friends and the wider community is important. It is important for your health and wellbeing both physical and mental.

Just as we need to take care of our body by remaining active and watching what we eat, it is important for us to also take care of our social needs and look after our mental health.

Regrettably, older Australians who are socially isolated tend to experience illness and poor health more often than people who remain in frequent contact with friends and family.



We are seeking volunteers for "Oracle" (Talking Newspaper) for print impaired person. If you can spare any of your valuable time please.

phone Donna 41 23 15 54 for further information.

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St Stephen's Hospital
Women's Auxiliary
Springtime Fashion Morning Tea

Wednesday 16 September 2009
St Mary's Parish Hall, Bazaar Street, Maryborough
9.30 am

Luscious Morning Tea supplied

Fashions by: Andrea's

Flag Board, Lucky Door, Raffles & Entertainment

Cake, Jam and Plant Stalls

Come and join us and have a lot of fun.


J o k e

O'Flaherty saw a poster outside the police station: "Man Wanted for Armed Robbery in Dublin."
He said to Paddy, "Now if that job was in Donegal, I'd take it."


Healthy Eating
Gluten Free – Carrot Cake Recipe


  • 3/4 cup canola or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 11/2 cups grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 11/2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1 cup gluten free self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Place oil, sugar and vanilla into a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer.
  2. Add eggs and continue to beat until light and creamy.
  3. Stir through carrot, sultanas and walnuts.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon into mixture and mix well.
  5. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased and lined 21cm ring tin. 5. Bake moderate oven ( 180°C) for 50 - 55 minutes.
  6. Stand for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons fat reduced cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons margarine, mono or poly-unsaturated
  • 3/4 cup pure icing sugar (gluten free)


  1. Beat cream cheese, margarine and extra vanilla together in a bowl.
  2. Add icing sugar and mix well, spread icing over cake.

If gluten free self raising flour is unavailable the following can be substituted: 1/2 cup soy flour, 1/4 cup of potato flour and 1/4 cup rice flour is the equivalent to 1 cup of gluten free self-raising flour.


Maryborough & District
Senior Citizens Concert

Senior Citizens' Centre, 333 Alice Street, Maryborough
Tuesday 15 September, 2009
1.30 pm Afternoon tea supplied


Granville Anglican Church
(Christ Church)
"Garden of Eden"

An Anniversary Morning Tea - Celebrating 126 years

Granville Community Hall, Cambridge Street.
Friday 2 October 2009
Doors Open:
8.30 am 9.00 am– 11.30 am
Morning Tea:

Prizes for: Best Themed (Garden of Eden) Ornament

Lucky Door/Demonstration/Flag Stall/Mini Tombola/Raffle

Enquiries: phone: Stella 41 21 56 92 or Jeanette 41 21 63 02


J o k e

The famous test player began his career with the Werribbee Wanderers so the social committee sent him a telegram asking if he would make a guest appearance for $100.
The cricketer sent back a telegram: "Will accept, but double the offer or count me out."
The committee's immediate reply was "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10."


Meals on Wheels Fraser Coast

Meals on Wheels Fraser Coast had a busy August. Client Services were represented at the Seniors Expo at PCYC Hervey Bay, with an interactive display, and a wealth of information for those who called by.

Wednesday 26 August 2009, was declared National Meals on Wheels Day. This year theme "Cooking up a Celebration – We're Everywhere", included the assistance of 2 local guest chefs taking time out from their working schedules to prepare, create and assist with delivery of the meals to clients.

Chef Paul Burfield and the 'celebrity chefs' provided a stunning menu for the day. Thanks to Leigh Vanner of the Beach house, Hervey Bay for the and Karl Bryce from Café Bella, Brolga. The hardworking volunteers were treated to a thank you lunch, and the media came on board getting the message out to the community. (Photograph-Karl Bryce, Leigh Vanner, Dawn & Bede volunteers during hot meal service)

Meals On Wheels Fraser Coast
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The Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 4 September.

Small meals continue to be well received, telephone David on 4121 4297, to find out more information about meals on wheels.


Summer is Coming – Stay Cool Stay Alive

Personal Health:
  • Wear loose, light coloured clothing, preferably cotton.
  • Wear sunglasses, 30 plus sunscreen and a hat with a wide brim when outside.
  • Take extra baths/showers.
  • Avoid using talcum powders as they clog pores and can cause heat rash.
  • Beware of some medications as they may cause dehydration (ask your doctor or pharmacist)
  • If you live alone, ensure that someone checks on you daily. Red Cross and St John Ambulance offer this service.

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