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Granting the ‘wish’ of life for residents

A program which grants special one-off wishes to aged care residents is aiming to provide recipients with access to opportunities that they might not normally have.

<p>Benetas Gladswood Lodge resident, Sheila Best, with Benetas Community Coordinator, Gagan Ruzeu, at Her Majesty's Theatre.</p>

Benetas Gladswood Lodge resident, Sheila Best, with Benetas Community Coordinator, Gagan Ruzeu, at Her Majesty's Theatre.

As part of its 'One Wish' program, Victorian aged care provider, Benetas, made its Gladswood Lodge resident and former ballroom dancer's, Sheila Best, lifelong desire to see the production Strictly Ballroom the Musical earlier this month.

Originally from South Shields in England, Ms Best and has always been a keen ballroom dancer.

Ms Best's 'One Wish' came true when she went to see the musical and even arrived in a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. She also had a day of pampering and sightseeing around Melbourne before seeing the show at Her Majesty's Theatre with Benetas Community Coordinator, Gagan Ruzeu.

“What a day Sheila had, she was like a kid in the candy store, admiring the dance moves very closely and swinging along to the music,” Ms Ruzeu says.

“She was cheering on and couldn’t wipe the smile off her face the whole time she was at the theatre. You really had to see her face, the sparkle in her eyes, it was beautiful and I felt very lucky to be a part if of all,” she says.

“The way Sheila moved along the tunes, a couple of people sitting around us asked if Sheila was a dancer herself which was amazing! It was a special day for a very special lady.”

Ms Best says the show reminds of her earlier days performing.

“I had the time of my life. I felt like I was in this beautiful dream; I am so grateful,” Ms Best says.

Benetas One Wish is open to all Benetas clients including those living in Benetas’ 13 aged care facilities or in their own home, and aims to provide recipients with access to opportunities that they might not normally have.

The program continues to enjoy the support of residents, their friends and family, as well as the wider community including through generous donations.

Find out more information or help support the Benetas One Wish program.

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