On the afternoon of Friday 11 May 2018, the Waranga Aged Care Hostel celebrated Eileen Barlow’s 100th birthday with a special ‘Happy Birthday’ afternoon tea. She has been a Hostel resident for the past six years.
As well as Hostel residents, staff and volunteers, Eileen’s daughters Pam Barlow, Fran O’Sullivan and Joy Donegan were in attendance, along with her grandson Joe Donegan and great grand-daughter Karla Donegan.
Proceedings began with the Hostel Lifestyle and Leisure Co-ordinator Leah Huggard welcoming everyone and commenting, ‘We’d like to congratulate Eileen on reaching this milestone. Happy birthday, Eileen.’
Speaking on behalf of the family, her daughter Pam Barlow said, ‘We’d like to thank you, the Hostel, for your love and tender care. She’s thoroughly enjoyed working in the garden. Thanks for making the Hostel her home. It’s meant a lot to all of us.’
Eileen Barlow responded by thanking everyone and by saying, in part, ‘I’ve been very happy here and I’ve made some wonderful friends.’
Then Eileen cut her 100th birthday cake, which was joyously shared among the many people present as part of the afternoon tea.