At Embracia we are always looking for ways to help add meaning to our resident’s lives and bring both fun and relevant entertainment into our homes. We keep our lifestyle program varied and interesting, and most importantly try to keep our residents connected with everything that is happening in our local community. It’s not only about helping residents reminisce about their past, it’s also about connecting with the present. Being only a stone’s throw away from Moonee Valley Racecourse, our home is always abuzz during Spring Racing Carnival, and this year has been no exception.
Embracia Moonee Valley has embraced the rich history of horse racing in the area and has had a strong connection with the Cox Plate in particular. In fact, being a local facility, all our households have been named after Cox Plate champions from both today and yesteryear. Our households include Phar Lap, Manikato, Young Idea, Chatham, Kingston Town, Tulloch, Northerly and after the present champion racehorse Winx. Even our cafes are named after champions Black Caviar and Carbine, and we have Makybe Diva and a So You Think hair salons to pamper our residents. Needless to say, we have embraced the history of Moonee Valley and our residents and staff always love this time of year.
Our Spring Carnival celebrations have been extra special this year with a visit from part Winx owner Debbie Kepitis in the lead up to the Cox Plate last week.
Debbie shared her story with residents, family members and staff about Winx’s humble beginnings. She knew that Winx was a special horse, “the first Cox plate was the thrill of being in it…and to win an unbeatable record was amazing…(Winx) won against top class horses”. That still gives Debbie “goosebumps”. She continued to state “Winx has won 3 of the biggest races in Australia year after year…and …all of the races are (her) favourite”. She cannot pick one.
Winx is a special horse because “she loves to race…she has the fire in her”.
Debbie gifted Embracia a copy of the book written by Andrew Rules “Winx: The Authorised Biography” for residents to enjoy.
A big thank you to Mark Dodemarde who made Debbie’s impromptu visit possible and to Helen Dodemarde for orchestrating it all.
It has been a jam packed Spring Carnival for our residents as we now head into the Melbourne Cup next week.
Earlier in the month some of our residents went on an outing to the Moonee Valley Racecourse and enjoyed a beautiful lunch at the Legends’ restaurant. Residents were able to enjoy not only a great meal, but the history and ambiance of the racing environment.
Then it was a fascinator workshop where ladies and gents had fun designing and creating their own fascinators to be worn throughout the carnival at the various events being hosted by Embracia.
On October 25th we held the Cox Plate Social. Residents dressed up in their best outfits and wore their hand made fascinators. They reminisced about such events, sharing stories, singing and dancing as they would have done during socials in their heyday. Laughter and joy filled the room for residents and staff alike. Many of our residents met their partners at such events so it’s a wonderful time of year for all involved.
On October 29th we were lucky enough to have yet another guest speaker visit us, Colleen Bamford, part owner of champion racehorse Americain. Americain won the Melbourne Cup in 2010 and the Cox plate in 2011 and Colleen shared with our residents her story of purchasing Americain in France and his journey to winning the Cup. Our residents were further delighted that Colleen brought in the Melbourne Cup, many having their photo taken with it for good luck. Colleen was extremely generous with her time and our residents really enjoyed hearing her story.
Coming up later this week we have the Melbourne Cup Social and a Cup sweep to conclude our Spring racing festivities for 2018.
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