The NRL football tipping competition got even more exciting this year for aged care residents at Bolton Clarke Cabrini, Westmead when Parramatta Eels stars stopped in for a surprise visit.
The visit coincided with a delayed Father’s Day celebration on 6 September to acknowledge the community’s 26 resident dads.
After a morning tea with entertainment and a gift bag including the obligatory beer and socks, an early Happy Hour heralded the countdown for the special guest arrivals to mark the end of the NRL Footy Tipping Competition.
Second rower Marata Niukore, winger George Jennings and lock Ray Stone waltzed in to greet excited and surprised family members and residents, signing autographs and keeping everyone grinning for the visit.
After presenting the footy tipping winners with their prizes, the trio stayed to chat with residents – even those who were proudly wearing the colours of other teams.
For those who couldn’t make it downstairs for the occasion, they visited their rooms and personally delivered Father’s Day gift bags.
“Many of the men were absolutely delighted to receive such a gift, let alone from the footy players themselves,” Activities Co-ordinator Amy Kinchington said.
Resident and Parramatta supporter Alois Hrast couldn’t stop smiling, telling the boys “I am so happy to meet you”.