Goldbridge Rehabilitation Services held the Goldbridge Annual Christmas Pageant at the Southport Community Centre on the 16th December 2014. Attended by clients and their families, staff members and local business identities, it was a resounding success.
The night started at 6.00pm with a light dinner smorgasbord followed by a welcome to all friends and family by the Goldbridge CEO, Charlie Blatch. This was followed by the presentation of Certificates of Appreciation by local Gold Coast Councillor, Cr Dawn Crichlow to the many volunteers who have given invaluable assistance throughout the year.
The clients and staff then performed various theatrical performances with the obligatory Christmas Carol singing. Fun was had by young and old!
For the past year Goldbridge Rehabilitation Services Inc. has linked with another local charity – Healing Hooves Inc – to provide an opportunity for our residents to help other community organisations. Goldbridge residents have assisted to clean up after storms etc. and have then been able to spend time with their therapy horses.
Marianne, Vice President of Heeling Hooves Inc and Toni, Goldbridge TC Coordinator often dreamed of hosting a joint fundraiser to benefit both organisations. On November 2nd that dream became a reality with the Horses and Hats Family Fun Day held at Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang.
The aim of the day was to fundraise for both organisations, link with the local community and demonstrate how connection with horses through equine therapy can work miracles for both horses and humans alike.
With Market stalls, interactive horse shows, kids entertainment, trash and treasure, market stalls, an array of local musical talent and performance from Extremely Pink the day was a huge success.
A big thanks to all of the Goldbridge residents and Heeling Hooves Volunteers for their hard work, both on the day and with the pre-planning. Huge thanks to Gold Coast City Council especially Councillor Tracey Gilmore who was a huge support both before and during the event, to Eliza Priddle, horse trainer, for giving her time both on the day and in the planning stages, and to all of the businesses who donated prizes which were raffled on the day.
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Interview with Charlie Blatch, CEO, Goldbridge Rehabilitation [Services], about the centre opening its doors to families of residents to demonstrate how important family support is to someone recovering from addiction.
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