K-Del and Rotarian Bruce Fanning, Doug Bryce from Warwick Club of Rotary Sunrise, Akooramak Chief Executive Officer Darryl Chapman and K-Del band member Bill Taylor are excited Akooramak has an extra $5500 for new beds.
K-Del and Rotarian Bruce Fanning, Doug Bryce from Warwick Club of Rotary Sunrise, Akooramak Chief Executive Officer Darryl Chapman and K-Del band member Bill Taylor are excited Akooramak has an extra $5500 for new beds.

Aged-care facility given support

FOLLOWING in their families’ footsteps, Rotarians Doug Bryce and Bruce Fanning are supporting Warwick aged-care facility Akooramak.

On behalf of the Warwick Club of Rotary Sunrise and reunited band, the K-Dels, the pair presented Akooramak with $5500 to go towards the purchase of new beds.

At the aged-care facility yesterday, chief executive officer Darryl Chapman said the sum, combined with other funds raised through recent garage sales, would allow Akooramak to purchase six electric beds.

He said the nursing home’s last 1972 timber box-bed had just been sold off in a garage sale. Mr Bryce and Mr Fanning speculated that their mothers could have been involved in raising funds for the beds at the time.

“Mine and Bruce’s mothers worked very hard to raise money for the facility, and it was ironic my father ended up benefiting from that when he came here,” Mr Bryce said.

Mr Chapman praised the work of local community groups over the years, saying that without their help, the facility simply wouldn’t exist.

“We have just had cause to go through some of the history of the society and saw how these groups have supported us for so long; it’s great that they continue to support us,” he said.

“Subsidies aren’t what they should be in aged care, and we wouldn’t survive without the support of the community.”

Akooramak would only get a 1.7 per cent subsidy increase this year, he said, and with energy bills expected go up by about 13.2 per cent, it was an uphill struggle.

“Aged care is fairly expensive – it’s 24/7 care,” Mr Bryce said.

Rotary Sunrise raised the money for its donation through a dinner-dance in May. Entertainment was by the K-Dels, who, after a 40-year break, reformed in 2008.

Their come-back gig proved such a success they organised a string of others, with proceeds going back into the community through various charities.

On August 14 and November 20 the band will play for the Lions Club to raise money for the Cancer Council and Leukaemia Foundation.

Band member and Rotarian Mr Fanning said the band had been having a ball and feeling good about what they were doing at the same time.



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