Olympic fever has swept through Christadelphian Aged Care, with Homes in NSW and Queensland getting into the spirit of the Games.
Casa Mia in Padstow hosted their own Olympic Torch Relay on Friday ahead of the opening of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on the weekend.
Residents took the “flame” from one end of the Home to the other while Chariots of Fire played in the background.
Many residents dressed up in green and gold, and were draped in the Australian flag as they passed on the torch from one to the other until finally “lighting the cauldron” at the end.
There was even an official flag bearer dressed in a blazer and proudly waving the flag while the cauldron was lit.
After the relay everyone joined in singing the Australian anthem.
Staff also showed their Olympic spirit by dressing up in traditional clothes from different cultures around the world, and there was a “best dressed” parade after the relay.
Casa Mia facility manager Sharon Fletcher thanked everyone involved in the relay and said it brought back memories.
“We couldn’t have done it without the particpation of all our residents, and it was a fantastic torch relay,” she said.
“It really made me feel like it was back in the year 2000 when we had the Sydney Olympics and we were all the streets watching that torch go by. It was really a special time then and a special time here today.”
There are a nmber of games and tournaments planned for the next two weeks, including shooting, paper planes, synchronised “swimming”, discus and more.
“Let’s enjoy it and make it the best Olympics ever,” Sharon said.
There are events planned across all our locations during the two weeks of the Olympics to bring the spirit of the Games into our Homes.