Children’s music brings joy to Bimbimbie residents

A week-long festival of music has lifted the spirits of residents at Albert Moore Gardens (Bimbimbie) in Merimbula. 

Beginning on Wednesday, June 14 and finishing on Wednesday, June 21, the Rhythm of Life Festival was aimed at spreading joy to the residents during winter which can typically be a hard time of year for the elderly.

Albert Moore Gardens manager Kirsty Woods said they hold this annual festival every June to make life fun for residents.

“In winter the days are chilly and there are not many knees and hips that can still handle the joy of a winter ski run,” Ms Woods said. 

“The events we put on are also a great opportunity for family and friends to join in the fun. Music and singing are always  popular – as music seems to be a universal language understood by everyone. It really puts a smile on everyone’s faces.”

As part of the festivities the Pambula Public School choir and Luca and Amelia Ziino from Lumen Christi put on some spectacular performances on Friday, June 16. 

The residents were all smiles as they sang along to the choir and when it was all over the children took the time to greet and shake hands with each resident. During this time the residents thanked the children and asked that they make an effort to return. 

On Sunday, June 18, the centre saw an enormous turn out for our family and friends day which included performances by the “Great Zamboni” magician and balloon twisting artist, Andy O’Donnell, jewellery making demonstrations and display by Ann Jackson, Furry friends display with guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, mice and stick insects, the Lions ‘chocolate wheel’, barbecue and raffles and cakes and treats provided by the amazing ladies at CWA.