Celebrated on 8 March every year, International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. This year’s theme #BalanceForBetter encourages people to raise awareness against gender bias and take action on equality to create a gender-balanced world.
Moran shares the story of 85-year-old grandmother Haben Warda, who fled Iraq with her family in 2004 after driving for three hours to Syria where they caught a plane to Australia. Haben says she does not miss Iraq at all, adding that she wouldn’t leave Australia “even for $1 million”. Haben’s son says his mum is a “lovely lady” and is grateful to be living at Roxburgh Park.
“Mum is very sociable so, living in a residential community is great for her. Although she speaks limited English, Mum makes friends easily and has Arabic speaking friends here too,” he says.
Another example is “fun and bubbly” Rita Wright, 75, a former housekeeper from Northern Ireland. After her husband passed away, Rita spent two years living on her own before deciding to relocate to Moran Kellyville for some extra care and support. Rita says her mum always told her to “take care of yourself”, which is why Rita chose to move to Kellyville.
“I know I can live better here with all of my friends, the food and my exercise program,” she says.
Mary Doblinger, 88, was born in Bavaria in 1930 and is one of eight children. As a child she recalls seeing Adolf Hitler when he came to Bavaria, and still has a scar on her leg caused by shrapnel from an exploding bomb during World War II.
Mary worked for 45 years as a sewing machinist until she retired at the age of 60, and says her best piece of advice is “do not smoke!”.
Mary’s son Anthony describes her as “a happy lady who’s always smiling, her favourite thing is the music and entertainment, she’s a regular visitor to the hub”.
Roxburgh Park General Manager Darinka Rozanic says the residential home is a true reflection of the “diverse and vibrant” local community.
“We all have incredible stories to share and although some of our history can be quite painful, it is our ability to strive on and is the true test of our character,”she says.
“These wonderful women share a kindness and ability to find good which we celebrate each and every day.”