Planes, trains and automobiles: Inaugural Hobby Expo at St John’s

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Inaugural Hobby Expo at St John’s

Our residents and staff at St John’s in Wangaratta recently welcomed some very special guests from the community to celebrate their Inaugural Hobby Expo.

Three radio control clubs from the wider Wangaratta region came together to prepare special displays to showcase some of their favourite models – from both land and sky – and provide residents with an interactive glimpse into their own passion and hobbies. 

Of course, staff and residents enjoyed the opportunity to get hands-on and a special slot car track was just the ticket. It’s fair to say the competitive juices were flowing, as participants enjoyed duelling Jack Brabham’s Ford against Peter Brock’s Holden.

Residents also enjoyed watching a demonstration of a number of replica vehicles – from a four-wheel drive trekking over stones and rocks, classic race cars speeding through a makeshift driving course set up in the home’s carpark, as well as a working train set. 

Inaugural Hobby Expo at St John’s

The latter also introduced residents to the work of a 3D printer, which was on show to create buildings and scenery for the train display in real-time. Further demonstrating its abilities, a unique semi-trailer was also created from scratch – which made a very special gift for resident Max, who used to drive trucks for a living. 

Carolyn Taylor, Social Care Coordinator at St John’s, said the day was enjoyed by all in attendance, especially residents. 

“It was fantastic to see the residents so engaged in the day, and it was wonderful to be able to invite so many in the community to join us and share what they are so passionate about,” she said. “After a couple of years of COVID restrictions and lockdowns, it was a brilliant opportunity to welcome and engage the community once more and I know the residents enjoyed every minute of it. 

“They’re already looking forward to what next year could bring!”

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