Wednesday, April 24, 2013

fernlea’s fabulous,fundraiser

Fernlea House is holding a Fabulous, Fantastic, Frivolous and Fun, Fundraising UN DEB BALL.

Yes, an Un Deb Ball on 18 May. It sounds like a lot of fun and is for a very good cause.

I am always immensely inspired by those who work and volunteer at Fernlea. Their philosophy of “Living, Laughing and Loving” shows in everything they do, but they can't do it alone and need to fundraise in order to continue to operate.
Fernlea House offers Palliative Day Respite for Carers looking after people with Life limiting Illnesses. This does not just mean cancer but also includes illnesses such as Parkinsons, Huntingtons, MS, Motor Neurone Disease, Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease, Diabetes Complications and Liver failure among many others. A palliative illness is one which will get progressively worse over time and put limits on your life expectancy. Dementia is becoming more common as a palliative illness.
At Fernlea, they aim to improve people’s quality of life during the time their illness is progressive and help them and their families live and enjoy life to the fullest possible.
Fernlea's services are provided either in centre in Emerald (& Healesville) or in Carers home (FERNS). Volunteer complementary therapists offer their services (eg Reiki), and a Memoirs program is available. Volunteers transport our guests to and from the Centre either using our bus or in their own cars.
Fernlea House currently operates in Emerald, and has a day program in Healesville. Its unique model of care uses palliative trained Nurses supported by trained volunteers and other professional staff. People love coming to Fernlea for the warmth, love, care, acceptance and socialisation they receive from everyone, who honour their choices, and respect them for who they are.
So pencil this one in your diary, it will be a lot of fun and for a very good cause.

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