On 23/08/2014, St Giles Hobart (Tasmania) hosted an open day for community, public and staff. RRT joined forces with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Woolworths to provide food and entertainment to facilitate this event.
St Giles was established in 1937, and provides services and support to children with disability and their families to ensure families stay together in their own homes. Wherever there is a need within the disability community St Giles applies its ethos of “whatever it takes” to make a positive difference.
RRT set up on site from 8:30am, cooking and serving approximately 120 meals throughout the duration of the day, which concluded at 2pm. Woolworths generously donated hamburgers, sausages, bread, rolls, salad and soft drinks. The RAN band provided a lively atmosphere with their musical performance, entertainment with their mystical magician Mr Beep, and activities such as face-painting and gym-based games.
Credit must go to St Giles for the planning and execution of a very successful event. Event manager Danielle Blewett commended the efforts of the RRT– “Your initial approach to St Giles, followed by your team’s enthusiasm and expert managing of our Lenah Valley Open Day catering, was an unexpected bonus. Very seldom do community groups come forward to offer practical assistance to our organization; finding time seems to be a challenge for many.”
It was a rewarding experience for RRT to interact with and provide support for the St Giles community. RRT members were able to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of what these families face on a day-to-day basis. The work of St Giles and similar organisations is truly invaluable – keep up the great work!
We look forward to working alongside these organisations again at “Walk with Me” events in Hobart and Launceston.