Moruya aged care residents build a Bunnings DIY cubby house

27 May 2021

Aged care residents at IRT Moruya have spent the past few months building, painting and decorating a cubby house with materials donated by Bunnings Batemans Bay. With only the decorative painting left to go the residents are searching for a local community group to auction off the cubbyhouse for a good cause.

Called the Pay it Forward program, the residents are looking to partner with a community group willing to auction or raffle the cubbyhouse with a portion of the proceeds going towards a good cause of the community group’s choosing and the rest to funding the next Pay it Forward project.

IRT Moruya resident Rowan Field helped build the cubby house and says it has been good for everyone to get outside and enjoy themselves.

“It wasn’t hard to put together and I reckon kids will love it. It’s a good thing and has been a real team effort,” Rowan said.

Rowan worked as a truck driver and at one point delivered cubby houses for a business based in Liverpool.

“They were the best cubbies you’ve ever seen in your life.”

Other IRT Moruya resident Elaine Johns, has been charged to do the decorative painting. Elaine is renown at IRT Moruya for her passion for art and is always busy decorating something. Everything in her room from her shoes to her cupboards to the toilet roll holder are covered with intricate designs. Elaine says the cubbyhouse will be somewhere great for kids to play and has lots of ideas for what to paint on it.

“I thought you’d have a tree, with some flowers, a little rabbit hiding behind the tree, maybe a rock with a lady bird on it. You want all these little things that kids like. Maybe a snail going along, a couple more flowers and a cat hiding behind something. Some birds in the tree. I’m not real good, it just happens,” Elaine said.

IRT Moruya Care Manager Leanne Turner says the program is about generating community spirit and helps residents feel connected to the town while having some fun.

“It’s so important that we continue to find new ways for our residents to stay connected with the local community while doing something that is meaningful to them. COVID-19 has certainly given us some challenges in achieving this and we are just so grateful to Bunnings for donating the materials and happy to see our residents enjoying themselves,” Leanne said.

If you’re a member of a community group interested in auctioning or raffling off the cubbyhouse, please contact IRT on 134478.

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About IRT Group:

IRT Group is one of Australia’s largest community-owned, not-for-profit providers of retirement living, residential aged care and home care. With 50 years’ experience and locations throughout NSW, the ACT and South East Queensland, we employ almost 2800 people and play a significant role in promoting seniors as dynamic, influential and valuable members of society.