Batehaven to Botticelli and Van Gogh

on the Friday, June 11, 2021

It was a great day out for residents and carers of Catholic Healthcare Maranatha Lodge Residential Aged Care in Batehaven who visited the Botticelli to Van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra.

Kim Bow, Recreational Activities Officer at Maranatha Lodge, asked residents what their MyWish could be and a visit to the nation’s capital was top of the list.

MyWish is a Catholic Healthcare program which is granting residents who are living in one of our Residential Aged Care Homes their special wish. It’s about promoting and valuing life at any age, providing residents with the opportunity to enjoy an exceptional experience.

After an early start and drive from Batehaven to Canberra, the outing started with a sumptuous Sunflowers High Tea in the National Gallery’s restaurant. Special cakes, sandwiches and delicacies were enjoyed with warm cups of tea and coffee.

Resident Joan received a special visit from her son and daughter who both live in Canberra. They were able to join Joan and the group for High Tea and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to catch-up.

Next was a tour of the Botticelli to Van Gogh exhibition. Favourite artworks were Van Gogh’s Sunflowers followed by paintings by Rembrandt, Renoir, Gauguin and Monet. Residents and staff reminisced about their own travels around Europe and visiting art galleries and museums in their younger years.

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