Handmade spanakopites, meatballs, Cypriot koupes, quiches, semolina cakes and cupcakes were piled high for guests at Fronditha Care’s Templestowe Fundraising Auxiliary Group High Tea. These homemade Greek delicacies were created by the auxiliary’s members for the sold-out event at Box Hill’s Marwal Centre on Sunday 14 July.
Thanks to the generosity of the guests, there was $7,250 raised from the High Tea via ticket sales, raffles and other donations. All funds go towards implementing a “virtual forest” at the facility, a program specifically designed to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia. The immersive experience is an initiative by Dementia Australia that allows users to change aspects of the scene with a hand movement or change seasons with a clap.
The new interactive programme will enhance the program on offer at all Fronditha Care facilities, though the High Tea’s purpose was to gather funds for the sixty residents at the Fronditha Care Templestowe aged care facility.
Templestowe Auxiliary President Tasia Koutsoheras said she was overwhelmed with the support from the community, and the generosity of the Greek community who want to see the elderly age with dignity. She also thanked the members of the auxiliary who all volunteer their time and expertise in these events.
Fronditha Care President Faye Spiteri commended the auxiliary for their tireless work over the years.
“With your contribution, we’ve been able to give the residents of STORGI a new bus, plush new furniture and much more,” Mrs Spiteri said.
“Thank you for caring and making such a difference to the lives of our elderly.”
Musicians Tasos Bellos and Jimmy Vegas were also on hand with their program of traditional Greek hits, making sure the dancefloor was filled until closing.