Local chef and former restaurateur, Martin Duncan aka Sunshine Coast Foodie is launching and hosting regular monthly Morning Teas for older folk. The inaugural Scone Time event will be held on Tuesday, June 12 in the recently refurbished Cooroy Memorial Hall and then roll out into other halls across the Sunshine Coast. Working with CWA ladies and local businesses, the event is set to not only reignite life into these wonderful old halls but also help older people feel connected to their community.
Inspired by 96-year-old UK resident Georgina, who, with no family remaining decided to involve herself with a local charity that hosted tea parties for people over the age of 75. Martin saw an opportunity to not only connect with older people, but also utilize the beautiful old venues around the Sunshine Coast to do so.
“ I saw an interview with Georgina and thought that surely the isolation that older people feel is a worldwide issue,” says Martin. “Our beautiful region has so many community halls, that, back in the day, would have come to life on Saturday nights for dances, special events and weddings,” explains Martin. “How exciting it will be to create social experiences for our senior folk in these unique special buildings,” he adds.
Local businesses are invited to sponsor a monthly gathering, donate their time or simply pay it forward for a guest (and carer) to attend Scone Time as a one off attendance or more. By involving local businesses it is hoped that the event will generate a positive social outcome in the community and enough income to cover its running costs to ensure its ongoing success.
The Cooroy Scone Time will commence at 10am on the second Tuesday of every month at a nominal charge. For bookings, or more information on becoming involved please phone 0473 902 261. Regular Scone Times in other halls yet to be confirmed.