Helping hand

May 09, 2018

Helping hand: Bruce Naylor is presented with a cheque of $2250 by Russell Leskie from the Katamatite Dance Group.

The Katamatite Dance Group has given residents at Irvin House a new reason to smile, raising $2250 for the aged care facility to buy a new smart TV for the lounge area.

Cobram District Health community engagement officer Bruce Naylor said the new TV would help Irvin House ‘‘step into the 21st century’’.

‘‘It will allow us to stream events from around town and do things like movie nights and have themes, which will be fantastic for the residents,’’ Mr Naylor said.

The Katamatite Dance Group has a history of kindly giving back to the health sector and Irvin House in particular.

‘‘We have donated before, usually to Irvin House or the oncology department in Shepparton, which we will do again but we are waiting to see exactly what they require,’’ dance group member Russell Leskie said.

‘‘It is the second time we have donated here. The last time we did so it went towards the building of this fantastic facility.’’

Jo McDowell from Irvin House said the TV’s impact on residents would be profound.

‘‘It is going to change these people so much and make a huge difference. The residents will be able to talk to family members on the TV through Bluetooth,’’ she said.

Mrs McDowell said Irvin House had been asking for this particular type of TV for three or four years.

She said the 75-inch TV would make viewing much easier for residents as it would be simpler to navigate for those challenged by poor dexterity.

The Katamatite Dance Group meets in Katamatite once a month and its members come from all parts of Victoria and NSW to take part in new vogue dancing.

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