On Monday (14th September 2015), the Inala Community House’s Musical Morning Tea group celebrates its 37th anniversary for connecting senior members, disabled people, and all different members of our community.
For its 37th anniversary, special guests were invited including Milton Dick (Brisbane City Councillor), Charles Strunk (Member of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s office) and Ross Paul (Managing Director of Inala Community House).
In his speech, Milton Dick commented that, “Musical Morning Tea is a wonderful program to bring together our community. We look forward to supporting the program for another 37 years and longer.”
Ross Paul also presented a gift of appreciation to the main coordinators Shirley Schneider, Aileen Sullivan and Desmond Warren for their years of volunteering and wonderful dedication.
“I want to thank Inala Community House, especially Haley and her team, for tirelessly organising Musical Morning Tea for so many years,” said the 68-year-old Shirley Schneider who has been involved for 25 years and counting.
All members were encouraged to bring in a potluck-style dish, followed by an official cake-cutting ceremony.
Two of our beloved Musical Morning Tea active members:
Evie Wolffe (top) and Dora Lynch (bottom)
“I enjoy meeting new friends and doing different activities at the Musical Morning Tea,” said the 94-year-old Dora Lynch, who is one of the oldest members. Evie Wolffe, aged 91, also credited Musical Morning Tea for keeping her active and healthy.
Besides senior members, Musical Morning Tea also supports members with disabilities.
“We have been attending the group for around 7 years which has greatly improved Jane’s autistic condition. Initially Jane can become moody and uncomfortable around people, but now she is able to enjoy herself in more social events,” said Sharon Devine, the carer for Jane Blakey.
Musical Morning Tea coordinator Shirley Schneider, Inala Community House program manager Haley Kiata and staff Leah Nguyen, and Musical Morning Tea loyal member Thu Nguyen.
From every Monday 10am to noon, the Musical Morning Tea is held at ‘Our Place’ Hall (Cnr Japonica & Robinia streets, Inala).
Entry is a donation of $2 which includes morning tea. Transportation is available if required for $3 local or $4 for those living outside the local area.
The Musical Morning Tea is run solely by volunteers. For anyone interested in volunteering or attending, please contact Haley Kiata (via e-mail email@example.com or telephone 3372 1711).