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Bringing razzle dazzle to aged care residents


The Circus of Stars brought smiles and laughter to the Southern Cross Care community in a travelling roadshow of acrobatics, hula hoops, plenty of sequins and circus humour.

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Supported by the Southern Cross Care Community Foundation which aims to build better lives for older people free from loneliness and isolation, The Circus of Stars delivered the fun of the Fringe into the homes of aged care residents.

The inclusive and interactive circus shows featured balancing acrobatics, juggling balls, bricks and batons, a sprinkling of magic and a large dose of audience participation.

“It was an excellent show – I really enjoyed it,” said Bob, who was in the audience at The Lodge Lourdes Valley Residential Aged Care.

Margaret, also from Lourdes Valley, shared: “It was a fantastic group of performers. Thank you for a lovely afternoon.”

The Circus of Stars also drew a sold-out crowd of 250 residents and clients from across the organisation’s retirement villages and community-based services to The Regal Theatre in Kensington Park. The fully-accessible venue was abuzz with laughter and applause as the world-class performers dazzled the crowd.

Funded by generous donors and corporate sponsors, the Southern Cross Care Community Foundation has supported a Fringe events program for many years. The Foundation also supports research into challenges affecting older people, as well as age-friendly transport services to keep people connected to their local community, among other programs designed to reduce loneliness and isolation.

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