Footy Fever Hits Alcheringa
In a few short days, two teams will battle it out at the MCG with the hopes of grasping the AFL Premiership Cup – but it’s a feeling our residents and staff at Alcheringa in Swan Hill have already had the pleasure of experiencing first-hand.
Last week, the sport’s most prestigious bit of silverware travelled across regional Victoria and, as part of its journey to Melbourne, it made a memorable stop at our home, much to the delight of staff, residents and their families who revelled in the opportunity to take a photo and pose with the cup.
Two of these residents were Lorna and Dot, who both share uniquely personal affiliations with the Collingwood Football Club.
Lorna had five brothers play for the Pies (the legendary Rose family) and Dot’s husband, Don, played several senior games for the club in the 1950s.
Both ladies were over the moon to get a photo with this year’s cup and share their excitement and hope that their beloved Pies would be victorious on the last Saturday of September.
The milestone visit was courtesy of Toyota, major sponsors of the AFL, who have been touring the cup across the state. When Mariya from Alcheringa’s Social Care team found out it was scheduled to pass by Swan Hill on its travels, she reached out to the local Toyota team and, after some great relationship-building and community support, her persistence paid dividends.
Mariya says the visit was a fantastic experience, particularly for the residents, and one that will be remembered for a very long time.
“It’s so important to keep our residents involved and connected with what is happening in the wider community,” Mariya says. “There were smiles all around, chatter and reminiscing about their favourite players and teams, games they went to, what teams their grandchildren were currently playing for, and what finals are happening in the region.
“The morning was a great success and such a thrill for everyone. Our residents could not believe they were holding such a great icon! Only winners get to hold it aloft, and what winners they were on the day.”
Respect would like to thank Toyota for brightening the day for so many of our Alcheringa family – many of whom will be watching eagerly on Saturday, now armed with their own personal connection to the premiership cup.