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Blue Care celebrating 50 years of service in Burdekin today


Blue Care Burdekin Community Care and Day Respite Centre will celebrate its 50th anniversary and the awarding of a Uniting Church Moderator Medal to Eleanor Quaresmini in a joint ceremony to be held today.

Up to 80 guests, including residents, staff and members of the community, are expected to attend the special morning tea from 10am.

Special guests will include Deputy Mayor John Woods, Member for Burdekin Dale Last, Director of Mission Heather Allison, Blue Care volunteer and Moderator Award Medal recipient Eleanor Quaresmini and Uniting Church Moderator, David Baker.

Blue Care’s Group Executive Regional and Remote Services, Michelle McKay said that since its opening in 1966, the Blue Care Burdekin Community Centre has touched the lives of most families in the community.

"The service provides help at home and day respite to the Burdekin Shire, including nursing care, social group activities, dementia care, chronic disease management as well as spiritual and pastoral care," said Ms McKay.

"It has come a long way since it commenced in 1966 from the home of our first nurse, Mrs Gwen Shand.

"In 1968 the first Blue Care property was bought and opened by the church, with the current property purchased in 1998.

"The Centre is well known for providing not only nursing care but also a sense of fun and fellowship for older people in Burdekin," she said.

Blue Care will also recognise the contribution of Uniting Church Moderator Medal Award Winner 2016, Eleanor Quaresmini during the ceremony for her outstanding dedication to Blue Care Burdekin, the Blue Care Thrift Shop and the Cuppa Club. Director of Mission Rev Heather Allison said that it was a real honour to attend the event to see Ms Quaresmini presented with her award.

"Eleanor has been described as the most thoughtful, kind and giving individual by those who know her," Rev Allison said.

"She embodies the mission of UnitingCare Queensland and we thank her for her longstanding service of more than 45 years in nursing and social work. She is a true advocate for the elderly, aged care services and domestic violence support and we thank her for her dedication and support to the local community over the years."

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