It was an endless day of EKKA fun at Arcare Logan Reserve, Parkinson and Seven Hills as the residents enjoyed Strawberry Sundaes, Dagwood dogs, showbags, lollies, and even carnival games such as Spin the Wheel and Ball Toss.

“Many of the residents used to go to the EKKA with their families, so we decided to bring the EKKA to them,” Lifestyle Coordinator Jodie at Parkinson said.

“They had a great time reminiscing on cherished memories.”

The Old Macdonald Animal Farm also dropped by for a visit with baby lambs, goats, alpacas, Bantams, chickens, ducks, and guinea pigs. For the residents, one of the highlights was getting up close to many adorable farm animals and everyone had the opportunity to pat, cuddle and feed them all.

Gloria and Mary - Ekka Day
Gloria and Mary – Ekka Day

“I could cuddle them all day,” resident Geraldine from Parkinson said.

Many of the animals have been taken in after they were initially rejected by their own mother and now, they have been given a second chance at bringing joy and lasting memories to others.

“The farm animals were a big hit with team members and residents as some used to own farms with their own chickens, goats and cows,” Lifestyle Coordinator Kam from Logan Reserve shared.

There were also plenty of sideshow alley games such as basketball, guess-the-lollies-in-a-jar, lucky dip, and knock down cans at Arcare Logan Reserve and Seven Hills. Residents were given showbags, so no one missed out on the celebrations.

Lifestyle Coordinator Kam and Resident Joyce - Arcare Logan Reserve - Ekka Day
Lifestyle Coordinator Kam and Resident Joyce – Arcare Logan Reserve – Ekka Day

They held a fashion parade at their afternoon high tea where other residents voted on Best Dressed with winners receiving great prizes.

By bringing the EKKA to the Arcare residences, the Lifestyle teams were able to help the residents relive their childhood memories of going to the Ekka. Time went by so quickly as everyone ate the delicious EKKA treats and socialised over games. It certainly was a joyful trip down memory lane.

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