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Blue Care reminisces to raise money

What do you remember? That's the question not for profit provider, Blue Care, is asking Queensland this tax time while seeking donations to help raise $300,000 for its memory support services and other programs.
From L to R: Lorna Wallace, Nerida Pankhurst, Shirley Johnston, Kathie Kelly, Patti Inglis, and Tracey Farkas enjoying high tea in the sensory garden at Blue Care Coopers Plains Respite Care.
From L to R: Lorna Wallace, Nerida Pankhurst, Shirley Johnston, Kathie Kelly, Patti Inglis, and Tracey Farkas enjoying high tea in the sensory garden at Blue Care Coopers Plains Respite Care.

The What Do You Remember? campaign provides a chance for people to reflect on the support Blue Care has given people in the past, and to donate by 30 June 2014 to ensure these memories can continue to be made in the future.

Kathie Kelly, Blue Care’s corporate partnerships and fundraising manager, said the campaign was a great opportunity for people to support the cause before tax time.

“Blue Care touches the lives of one in 30 Queenslanders through vital care services, and around half of those interactions are related to people living with dementia,” Mrs Kelly said.

“We’d like to encourage donors to maximise their tax rebate for the year by making a donation to the campaign by 30 June. Blue Care is a registered charitable organisation, so any donation over $2 is tax deductible," she added.

According to the federal government's Department of Health, dementia is one of the major reasons why older people enter residential aged care or seek assistance from community care programs.

With the projected rise of Australia's aged population, the number of people living with dementia is estimated to triple to about 900,000 by 2050.

“Blue Care supports clients and residents living with dementia across 80 locations through ongoing care programs,” Mrs Kelly said.

“Some locations have unique features such as dementia-specific accommodation or sensory gardens, including the one at Blue Care Coopers Plains Respite Care in Brisbane where clients can relax in a secure environment whilst enjoying traditional plantings and water features.

“Blue Care supports those with memory loss by investing in research, building dementia-specific accommodation and where possible, unique programs that encourage people to reminisce and remember.

“Further dementia research, increased support in rural, remote and regional areas and refurbishments of buildings are some of the ventures planned with our donations in the coming year.”

Donations to the What Do You Remember? campaign can be made to the campaign by visiting www.bluecare.org.au/helpus.

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