A century is a big number and when that number is your age it becomes a very busy time as there are parties to be had and lots of people send you letters.
Lutheran Services Trinder Park aged care resident Evelyn Benson is celebrating her 100th birthday today, Saturday, May 13.
Evelyn is one of the first people to receive a letter from the newly coronated King in celebration of her significant milestone.
Born in the UK, Evelyn moved to Sydney in 1964, before relocating to Queensland in 1991. Evelyn has lived in Beenleigh since, and only just two years ago, at 98 years old, moved into an aged care facility in Woodridge.
To help her celebrate the day, Evelyn’s family traveled to Queensland from Victoria, with staff at Lutheran Services helping to put on lunch and decking out the facility for the celebrations.
Among the letter from the King, Evelyn has received a letter from the Prime Minister, local MP Jim Chalmers, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Governor of Queensland Jeannette Young with Cameron Dick, the Queensland Treasurer, making a special visit to Trinder Park last week.
Evelyn doesn’t look or act her age and her life experiences are a testament to the milestone she is celebrating.
When asked what her secret to a long happy life is, Evelyn said, “Just be yourself and have plenty of friends.”
Her advice to the young people is, “Just be yourself, love yourself, and love others as they would love you.”
She also made a point to say that she loves Logan and has been a happy resident in the city since moving in all those years ago.