All Things ‘Aussie’ Celebrated Across Mayflower

February 7, 2023

At Mayflower, Australia Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate all the wonderful things that we love about our beautiful country.

And, it’s no secret we love a good excuse for a party.

At Mayflower Reservoir, everyone celebrated with flair, throwing some ‘snags’ on the ‘barbie’ and enjoying an afternoon tea with an Aussie icon - lamingtons.

The festivities were complete with Australia Day buntings and hats galore for a fun photo shoot.

Pictured above: Doubles Team Bruce and Doug VS Muriel and Robert at the 'famous Martha Arena.'

At Mayflower Edith Bendall, it was all about the Aussie Open – with a doubles tournament. Residents enjoyed an exciting afternoon of tennis, in the air-conditioned comfort of their lounge – temporarily converted into their ‘Marthas Arena’.

It was a real ‘nail biter’ and the laughs and cheers could be heard a mile away.

After a close match, Edith Bendall Tennis Champions Bruce and Doug were announced, and they couldn’t be more proud.

“It was a close tiebreaker to the end, says team member Lillian,

“But, team Bruce and Doug won against team Muriel and Robert, it was a great day had by all!”

A tennis tournament wasn’t all they enjoyed – there was also another sporting competition with a difference!

“We also had some amazing ‘sharpshooters’ for our ‘Thong and Beach Ball Throwing Competition’, says team member Lillian,

“We had to give everyone a prize because no one missed the target, even when we put it a long way away!”

Our Mayflower Brighton Community tried something new to them, too – also jumping in on the action with their own version of an Australia Day-themed thong-throwing competition!

Everyone took a turn throwing a thong as far as they could, with impressive results. Neil won the contest, throwing his thong an amazing 28 feet, followed by Judy at 27, and Pam at 24 feet!

A second game with an ‘Aussie’ target – a good ol’ Esky! had residents taking turns throwing their thongs in the Esky.

Following all that throwing, residents enjoyed Happy Hour, filled with Australiana-themed songs, such as crowd favourite Waltzing Matilda.

Pictured above: New recruit Shubham, son of Lifestyle Coordinator Hitesh, hands Judy her prize - a beautifully wrapped bar of chocolate!