At Maroba, we like to think that we lead the way in dynamic and passionate aged care.

That premise is reinforced when we see what influence we can have on others. In 2013, our CEO Viv Allanson met Sister Lucia, a South African nun working in aged care, at the International Association of Homes and Services for the Aged (IAHSA) conference in China. Viv learned that Sister Lucia had been sent to manage a poor, rural aged care facility, even though she had no experience or training in health or Aged aged Care.

When she arrived, she found the facility in dire circumstances.; Sister Lucia was given three months to turn it around or the government was going to close them down. Her qualifications in early childhood education were no help to her plight in this challenge.

Time to thrive

The facility is now thriving, thanks to Sister Lucia’s growing passion for older people and her determination to make a difference. That passion overflowed to the International Aged aged Care care Community with organisations such as Maroba extending a hand of friendship.

As the friendship between our CEO and Sister Lucia grew, the her story was shared, attracting even more generous support.

We were so inspired by Sister Lucia’s story that we invited her to come to Australia (with funding provided by Maroba residents and staff). Please enjoy the images from Sister Lucia’s visit to Maroba below. 

Viv mentored Sister Lucia on issues of direction, leadership and self-confidence, so she now feels even more empowered to change the lives of her residents, and to share her story on the International international stage and to be a voice for justice for those in her care.

A bonus of her time in Australia? We gave Sister Lucia opportunities for public speaking to build her confidence. She took to it so well that she’s now been accepted as a speaker in Australia at the joint ACSA national conference and IAHSA international conference to be held in September 2015 in Perth. We’re now working to raise her airfare to enable Sister Lucia to experience this conference.

What’s next?

At Maroba, we’re now collaborating with Sister Lucia to help raise the funds to install running water in her 100-bed facility to replace the pots of water they carry on their heads to where it is needed.

Our CEO, Viv is heading up a small team to visit St Antonine’s home in South Africa where they will live and work with residents and staff. Over the two-and-a-half-week program, Tthey will serve Sister Lucia’s community in whatever is asked of them. It will be a life-changing experience for the team, plus it’s a great opportunity to build and enjoy new relationships and experience the hospitality of Sister Lucia’s staff and residents.

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