Seniors get their Spring Carnival frocks on and head for the catwalk at Ocean View
Tall Trees Ocean View at Banora Point is holding a fashion parade for residents to pull out their suits, frocks and fancy hats and strut around in the spirit of the Melbourne Cup.
The residents make their own Melbourne Cup Fascinators to wear on the day and those who made theirs last year and will be excited to wear them again.
Neighbourhood Lifestyle Coordinator Rachel Phillips says she is arranging the event to bring the Melbourne Cup close to home for Tall Trees Ocean View residents.
“The fashion parade will be held in the dining hall to re-create the spirit of the Melbourne Cup for residents,” Ms Phillips says.
“They are all very excited about this special event as they have an excuse to get all dressed up and will make a fun day out of it.
“Some of our residents say they remember going to the Flemington Racecourse for the Cup when they were just 18.”
Ms Phillips says the Melbourne Cup is not just about the races for many residents, but also their memories of the fashion and their experiences around that time of year.
“Our residents often speak about the 1940s fashions, and that they were ‘all the go’ for the Melbourne Cup events,” Ms Phillips says.
“We have some residents that just absolutely love horses and enjoy watching the Cup for that reason alone.
“In fact, one of our residents had always dreamed of becoming a jockey when they were young and watching the races but their parents would not let them!”
Ms Phillips says the event is still something that they’re passionate about, with the upcoming Melbourne Cup featuring quite heavily on their calendar.
“The residents enjoy watching the races on the big screen at Tall Trees Ocean View, alongside all their close friends here,” Ms Phillips says.
“They all live together in the supported living community and have become like family to one another, and events like these bring them even closer together.
“Last year’s Melbourne Cup event was fantastic, and I think this year’s will be even more fun with lots of striking outfits to liven up the day.”
Tall Trees Ocean View coordinate regular events and social outings, and encourage friends and families to get involved and stay with the residents in the days before and after the event.
For more information call Tall Trees on 1300 304 413 or visit www.talltrees.net.au