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The Cairns Show

The Cairns Show opened its gates on Wednesday morning and a large group from FlexiChoice was there to enjoy all the colour, the excitment and the perfect weather.  There was lots to see and do, and high on everyone's favourite 'go to' list was the dodgem cars. It was full-on fun!

 

Congratulations Ivy

Everyone at FlexiChoice is so happy and proud of you. 
Ivy was announced as the winner in the Junior Division at the annual Mareeba Art Show.  Ivy's winning entry, was a mixed media piece created at FlexiChoice's School Holiday Art Morning. Well done Ivy. 

 

FlexiChoice 'Make it, Bake it Grow it" Market 2017 was fabulous!  

Thanks to everyone who came along to enjoy our market … biggest crowd so far. A big thank you to the many people and business who provided assistance and donations of goods and services for this event … it’s great to be part of such a supportive community.  And as before, it was the amazing contribution made by the dedicated team at FlexiChoice, who volunteered their time to organise and run the market that made it such a success. Thanks.

 

Glamourous 007 Event

 The FlexiChoice “Diamonds are Forever” Gala Ball was indeed a glamorous event. There were many handsome and debonair James Bond 007 gentleman spies at the Ball, surrounded by gorgeous women in lavish gowns and sparkling jewels.

The live band, “Mr Smith”, delivered their brand of rock funk entertainment which had everyone up dancing late into the night and lots of lucky guests won fabulous, exciting, intoxicating, romantic and luxurious prizes.

FlexiChoice would like to thank all the guests who supported this event, the Mareeba Theatre Group for their participation and of course a BIG thank you to the companies who generously donated prizes ... and our sponsors, in particular Joe Vella Insurance Brokers.

Proceeds from the Ball will go towards major development of our Activity Centre.  

Thanks to those wonderful FlexiChoice staff who very kindly volunteered their time to make this Ball possible and such a success.

 

 Christmas Pool Party

We all had a really jolly time at the FlexiChoice Christmas Pool Party. It was great to enjoy the company of friends, share some laughs and have fun together. The weather had been a concern however the sun shone through in the end.  Santa made his appearance and distributed gifts much to the delight of many. 

 

Melbourne Cup Luncheon 2016 

FlexiChoice was out and about again this year celebrating the Melbourne Cup at a special Luncheon hosted by the Graham Hotel. Its always a great opportunity for our service users to socialise with friends and community members. Two of our service Users won fashion prizes for best outfit and some were lucky in the sweeps. Thank you to The Graham Hotel for their kind support.

 

FlexiChoice Fiesta

With lots of bright colourful decorations, sombreros, ponchos, maracas and moustaches, as well as cacti and a donkey, the scene was set for a Mexican Fiesta. FlexiChoice was transformed from ordinary to …Ole!

All our guests from Mareeba, Kuranda and Atherton enjoyed the high-spirited celebration including a buffet dinner and dancing. Apart from having great fun, FlexiChoice raised $225 for a wonderful organisation called 'Wheelchairs for Kids'. www.wheelchairsforkids.org See more images in our Photos gallery 

 

FlexiChoice Goes to the Cairns Show

A group from FlexiChoice braved the inclement weather and headed to the Cairns Show on Wednesday 20th June. Despite the rain, everyone had a great day ... lots of laughs, loads of excitment and all the fun of the fair.  See the PHOTOS page for more images.



FlexiChoice 'Make it + Bake it + Grow it' Market


FlexiChoice handmade 'Make it + Bake it + Grow it Market was a great success, thanks to the extraordinary contribution made by the dedicated team of support workers and admin staff at FlexiChoice who generously volunteered their time to create our best ever market morning. 

A big Thank You to the many people and business who provided assistance and donations of goods and services for this event, plus all the people who came along and supported our market on the day.

Our market morning was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talents and abilities of our service users and people with a disability within our community and celebrate their achievements.  Thank you everyone. 

 

FlexiChoice Goes Purple 

FlexiChoice went totally purple hosting a 'GO PURPLE' DISCO for Epilepsy Awareness on Friday evening 1st April. Our friends from TRCA and TCL in Atherton joined us for a night of purple fundraising and dancing. Thanks to the staff at FlexiChoice for organising the event and our resident DJ, Marita ... we raised $122.50 and had a proper perfect pleasant playful purple painted party!

 

 

Sparkle-a-larkle Disco

FlexiChoice celebrated another great year by hosting a sparkle themed Christmas Disco at our Activity Base in Mareeba.  Around one hundred guests, from Mareeba and our friends from TRCA and TCL in Atherton, had heaps of fun socialising and dancing the night away. Thanks to the FlexiChoice staff who organised the event and a thank you to our DJ, Marita, for the great music. Check out more images in our website Photo Gallery and also on our Facebook page.



 

Melbourne Cup Luncheon



Melbourne Cup Day is a wonderful opportunity for our Service Users to participate in one of the most celebrated Australian sporting and social events.  It's an opportunity to really dress up and share a luncheon with friends and mingle with community members. Three of our service Users won fashion prizes and also got lucky in the sweepstake. Thank you to The Mareeba Bowls Club for their kind support.

 

DISABILITY ACTION WEEK CELEBRATION

The Big Reveal

FlexiChoice proudly celebrated Disability Action Week with a community event and the official unveiling, by Mayor Tom Gilmore, of a colourful   5 metre long street art mosaic, depicting activities FlexiChoice offers to service users. The street art is now displayed permanently along the fence line at our premises, at 130 Mason St Mareeba, for all to enjoy. The street art highlights the valuable contribution artists with a disability make to the cultural community of Mareeba.

This art initiative came to life through the creative ingenuity and support of staff, the community members who collected thousands of recycled plastic lids for us, including Curcio's Bakery, Café Crema, Coffee Works, Dino's Deli, McDonalds, The Garden Settlement and Mareeba High School Tuck Shop.

This project was partly funded by the Mareeba RADF through the Mareeba Shire Council in partnership with the Queensland Government, as well as the generosity of community and businesses who donated resources and their expertise to the project. A big THANK YOU to Taubman's Paints, Tropic Coast Homes, Cairns Hardware Mareeba, Peter Braithwaite Painting & Decorating and LM Engineering. 

 

The Event

As part of the overall Disability Action Week Celebration, FlexiChoice staged a market themed event on Saturday morning 19th September to throw the spotlight on people living with a disability in the community and to celebrate their uniqueness, individuality and importantly their ability.

Thank you to those who contributed towards the success of our event, in particular Pinata, Skybury and Howe Farming for kindly donating produce, Skybury for their café sized percolator along with their delicious locally grown coffee, the Mareeba Art Society for the loan of their percolator, the Mareeba State School P & C Association for the marquees, the Jackaroo Motel for the flags, Kirsten Towne along with Hannah Trotter and Mareeba State High School musicians for the live music, the CWA ladies for baking Pumpkin Scones for our pop-up café and the Mareeba Shire Council who loaned us tables and chairs.

 And …a huge thank you to all the team at FlexiChoice for organising this opportunity to celebrate community and inclusiveness. 

As a recipient of a 2015 Disability Community Event Grant, FlexiChoice would like to acknowledge the Queensland Goverment Dept of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.      

 

A Sneak Peak

Pictured are some of our service users along with support staff, during the creation of our Disabiity Action Week Street Art project.
Our vivid street art, which will be displayed along the fence line at 130 Mason St, will be unveiled by Mayor Tom Gilmore next Saturday, 19th September at 10am. The artwork, featuring thousands of colourful recycled plastic lids, will depict some of the activities on offer at FlexiChoice and be a public feature all the community can enjoy as they drive past.

 

 

Father's Day Raffle Draw

A big smile from Nadine Roccella, the winner of our Father's Day Raffle with Beau Aroa, who drew the winning ticket, and Luigi Quintieri from TGT. Nadine has won a Wheelbarrow filled with goodies from TGT. Thank you TGT for your generous sponsorship.

 

Cancer Council Luncheon

Last week approximately 50 guests and friends of FlexiChoice gathered at FlexiChoice Disability Support Service in Mason St Mareeba to share in a Luncheon and fundraise for the Cancer Council. 

A big Thank You to Jenny Mulcahy who coordinated the event and the staff who assisted her. In the lead up to the Luncheon our service users enjoyed creating the decorations and very willingly helped with all the preparations. By hosting an event such as this, FlexiChoice raised $375 for the Cancer Council and provided an opportunity for people of all abilities to come together in an inclusive enviroment and further strengthen community spirit. 

  

The Bollywood Gala Ball 

On Friday evening 24th April Bollywood came to life at the Mareeba International Club and the scene was set for the FlexiChoice Gala Bollywood Ball.

The 130 guests enthusiastically embraced the Bollywood theme, with most wearing colourful sarees, traditional style kurtis, turbans, henna painted hands and lots of bangles and jingle jangles. Everyone looked fabulous!

It was a great opportunity for people of all abilities from across the region, to experience and enjoy a grand social event with an emphasis on inclusiveness.

FlexiChoice would like to send a big Thank You to our sponsors Joe Vella and Floral Magic and we'd also like to say how much we appreciate the generous support offered by businesses and people in our locality. Your contribution helped make our Bollywood Ball event a big success and we Thank You.

Also ... Thank you to the wonderful team at FlexiChoice for creating all the props and decorations and organising everything. Their dedicated hard work and voluntary time made the whole event possible.  

 

Street Art "Plastic Lids Turn Arty"

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FlexiChoice is up-cylcing plastic lid refuse into art for the community to enjoy. 

Everyone at FlexiChoice is collecting plastic bottle caps  to create a 5 metre long artwork which will be displayed along the fence line outside FlexiChoice in Mason St Mareeba. The project is designed to be all inclusive with Service Users and staff working together to create the colourful street feature.  

We have been putting the word out there for people to save their plastic lids from milk bottles, water bottles, soft drinks, spray cans, Vegemite and peanut butter jars etc for the project which will require thousands of lids. Lids can be dropped off at our office at 130 Mason St (2 doors down from Coffeeworks) on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.

FlexiChoice received a $750 RADF grant through Mareeba Shire Council, as well as donations from Peter Braithwaite Painters & Decorators, Taubmans, Tropic Coast Homes and Tableland Hardware. Thank You very much.

 

Lots to Celebrate

There was plenty of good cheer at the FlexiChoice Christmas Party, which was held on Thursday 18th December at the FlexiChoice Activity Base in Mason Street, Mareeba.  It was an excellent way for Service Users, their families, staff and friends to get together and celebrate whats been a great year for everyone at FlexiChoice. The highlight of the morning was the much anticipated arrival of the jolly man in the red suit who, with his lovely helper, gave gifts to all.  

 

And the Winners are ...

The winners of our Indulgence Christmas Raffle were drawn by Mareeba Shire Mayor, Tom Gilmore, at the FlexiChoice Annual General Meeting held at the Mareeba Leagues Club. Pictured with Tom Gilmore are L to R: Committee President - Gilda Fantin, FlexiChoice Service Coordinator - Virginia Carr and committee members Linda Wells and Frances Wilson.

There were 5 winners who shared 25 great prizes including 2 hotel accommodation packages in Port Douglas; holiday experiences; restaurant dinners; balloon rides; island trip; hair, nail and beauty pampering;  jewellery; a large selection of wines and liqueur; seafood and a delicious assortment of gourmet delicacies in time for Christmas. 

Congratulations to the lucky winners:  Matt Jacob,  Dave Thomas,  Wanda Hillla,  Andje Richards  &  Pat Pottle.

 

Graduation Day 

At the Mareeba Leagues Club on Monday 29th September,  a group of four Service Users from FlexiChoice in Mareeba were each presented with a Certificate of Achievement after completing an in-house Hospitality Basics course covering Tea and Coffee Set-up, Table Settings, Salad Preparation, Hot Beverage Basics and Non-alcoholic Beverages.

The group, accompanied by FlexiChoice support workers, began their training in mid-July and attended 3 hour training sessions at the club every fortnight  for 10 weeks .

At the Graduation Luncheon, Virginia Carr, FlexiChoice Service Coordinator, thanked Lucy Connor, CEO of the Mareeba Leagues Club, and the staff for providing the venue and support.  All attendees were then provided with a luncheon prepared and presented by the new trainees.

 

     

 

Helping Paws

Recently FlexiChoice had a close encounter of the doggy kind. Assistance Dogs NQ visited our Activity Base with some of their star pupils, Molly, Cooper, Ragamuffin and Cha Cha, who provided us with a special demonstration of their amazing skills. Australian Assistance Dogs NQ was established in Mareeba in 2000, to train Assistance Dogs to help people with disabilities achieve greater independence.

 

  

Kuranda Fun Day

A large group from FlexiChoice travelled to Kuranda last Tuesday for the annual Family Fun Day in the Park.  Everyone enjoyed their time, visiting stalls and participating in activities. Thanks to the Kuranda Neigbourhood Centre for organising the event and also for providing a really great lunch for everyone. 

     

 

 Daintree Big Day Out

 

As part of Disability Action Week, last Thursday (18th September) a large group from FlexiChoice travelled to the Daintree to experience the wonders of wildlife on the Daintree River. At the Daintree River Cruise Centre, situated on the banks of the Daintree River, we met up with our friends from the Mossman Flexi Respite Centre.  After morning tea, the two groups enjoyed activities on the lawn and 'got up close and personal' with a baby crocodile.

   

Following a picnic lunch we set off on our river adventure. The weather was perfect ... sunny and a blue cloudless sky. The boats were comfortable and quiet, specifically designed for the river conditions and viewing wildlife with a minimum of noise.

We were particularly lucky to view not one, but several estuarine crocodiles along the banks of the river, however, the highlight of the cruise was definitely seeing the big 4 metre long alpha male croc known as 'Scar Face', swimming near our boat.  

   

 

 

Masquerade Disco Dance 

 

 On Friday evening the 5th September, FlexiChoice, in conjunction with Tableland Community Link. co-hosted a Masquerade Disco Dance.  

We provided our very spacious Activity Base at FlexiChoice in Mason Street as the venue for the occassion.  There were in excess of 50 guests and everyone looked fabulous in their masks.  

After a BBQ dinner it was time for some movin' and groovin'. The lighting effects and the great music enticed guests to have some fun on the dance floor, where we saw some pretty awesome dance moves. Prizes were later awarded for the best mask creations.

A big Thank You to Cody Roberts for donating his time and sound equipment to be our DJ for the evening. 

 

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