Families travelled from all over Melbourne and from across Australia to be part of this special day. The event was officially opened by Local Ward Councillor (Port Phillip) Cr Jane Touzeau. Aussie Hands Patron Kate Doughty spoke about her 8-year association with the Foundation and her exciting future challenges as Triathlete in next years’ Paralympics.
Aussie Hands Chairperson Brooke Young hosted the event and acknowledged the attendance of hand surgeons Chris Coombs and David McCombe – both held in high esteem for their outstanding work. A panel of members provided insight on their involvement at Aussie Hands as new members, long time members and participants in events such as the recent Mentoring Program.
Like the large family it is, people reacquainted themselves with one another whilst enjoying the wonderful catering. Children were occupied with an array of art/craft activities and everyone enjoyed the photo booth. The Flare Dance Ensemble provided entertainment before a group photo was captured by photographer Paul Danyluk.
A selection of Aussie Hands merchandise was available for purchase and a beautifully 2-tiered cake was cut to officially acknowledge the 15 Year landmark. Families were treated to receiving Aussie Hands new look brochure and specially wrapped chocolates, helium balloons and jarkeys proudly labelled with Aussie Hands logo.
Vice President Elizabeth Serpell and Executive Officer Julie McNally were thanked along with many volunteers for their tireless efforts to organise the celebration. It was the biggest event in the history of Aussie Hands and shows how many lives have been touched by the Foundation.
President Gary Serpell acknowledged Ian McNally (Nuttelex) whose generous donation made it possible for Aussie Hands to expand the range of services and support made available to members. His support was also essential to making the event possible.
We are thrilled with the involvement and support from so many members and volunteers over the past 15 years. We share many memories and look forward to Aussie Hands going from strength to strength in future years.