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What a busy start to the new year
Our residents have interrupted their summer break to spare a thought for everyone affected by the terrible bushfires. The village, as well as residents in the homes, were fundraising, and the money they collected made us all proud.

We also had a wonderful afternoon listening to a classical guitar player from Germany who filled our chapel with enchanting tunes. We have re-launched many of our activities groups already, including gardening, language lessons, the Men’s Retreat, and we will also offer new technology lessons.
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Bushfire Appeal: Although the bushfires don’t dominate the headlines anymore, it is good to know that our residents have not forgotten that only last month, the sky was covered in ash and that the fires caused devastation in many parts of our country. In a show of support, our Retirement Village Committee organised a true blue Aussie bushfire appeal with billy tea and damper on offer, decorated with plenty of eucalyptus. The goal was to collect as many funds as possible for the bushfire victims in Victoria. And how proud our residents were when more than $1000 were collected in only a few hours. All proceeds will go to affected communities in East Gippsland.
A Double-Farewell: We had to say ‘good-bye’ to two of our staff who have decided to make a fresh start in the new year. Steven has spent three years at Martin Luther Homes where he most recently served as our Facility Manager. Our nurse Linda has looked after our residents for more than a decade, and she also has a very personal connection to our organisation. Did you know that her mother was once a resident here, too? Both will now pursue new paths in their lives and we wish both all the best for the new chapters in their lives.
Tas has gone bush! Our now former resident, Tas, loves technology, literature, and having a conversation. According to the principle of ‘new year new me’, Tas has opted for a tree change and found himself a cosy retirement village in Olinda. He has contacted us since his move and told us that he has settled in well at his new place, and that he misses Martin Luther Homes quite a bit already. We wish him all the best for the next chapter in his retirement journey.  
What a wonderful afternoon: It was a sunny Tuesday afternoon when Daniel Marx filled our chapel with his beautiful music. The young guitarist from Germany plays the classical guitar and he selected a wide range of songs from various centuries. No microphone or amplifiers were required, and it was easy to simply switch off and relax. Many of the guests thanked Daniel for his 1-hour performance by buying his CD or by donating some money towards his travels in Australia.
In the name of Love: Our Activities Team have organised a wonderful Valentine’s Day afternoon. There was singing, laughing, and even dancing, when entertainer Philip Joseph took over the stage. After all, many of our residents have been married for decades, and there is so much we can learn from such a wealth of relationship experience.
Have you checked out our 'A Day in the Life of a Martin Luther Homes Resident', yet? Thanks for watching and sharing!
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