Capecare Dunsborough benefit from a Lions Club donation

Sparking joy: Dunsborough Lions Club's Mick Macri, Kaye McCormick and Malcolm van Rensburg (in yellow) present a donation to Capecare residents Marion De Klerk (far right), Pat Rawlings (far left) and Capecare cheif executive Jo Penman.
Sparking joy: Dunsborough Lions Club's Mick Macri, Kaye McCormick and Malcolm van Rensburg (in yellow) present a donation to Capecare residents Marion De Klerk (far right), Pat Rawlings (far left) and Capecare cheif executive Jo Penman.

Capecare residents are getting their game on, and their gardening gloves ready, with a $25,000 donation from the Dunsborough Lions Club funding new equipment for the aged care home.

The funds have allowed the non-profit care home to purchase raised garden beds with wheel chair access and a Tovertafel, a piece of technology that creates interactive games for people living with dementia.

The Tovertafel comprises a box hung from the ceiling, containing a high quality projector, infrared sensors and loudspeaker.

All these elements work together to project light displays and interactive games onto a table top.

Social fun: Capecare lifestyle assistant Kasey House, Lions' Mick Macri, Capecare cheif executive Jo penman, resident Marion de Klerk, Lions' Kaye McCormick, residents Pat Rawlings and Lions' Malcolm Van Rensburg playing with the Tovertafel.

Social fun: Capecare lifestyle assistant Kasey House, Lions' Mick Macri, Capecare cheif executive Jo penman, resident Marion de Klerk, Lions' Kaye McCormick, residents Pat Rawlings and Lions' Malcolm Van Rensburg playing with the Tovertafel.

Capecare chief executive officer Joanne Penman said watching residents use the Tovertafel was a joy.

"Residents don't get bored with it because the games are changing. It helps with hand-eye coordination and is a really wonderful group activity that won't get tired," she said.

"And the garden beds will be a real favourite in the facility because we'll be able to grow some of our own herbs and vegetables."

Lions Club President Malcolm Van Rensburg said it was important to the Club to give back to the community.

"It's (Tovertafel) been a project close to my heart and when I presented it to the club, they voted to make the purchase for Capecare Dunsborough," Mr Rensburg said.

The garden beds will soon be built in the care facility's two courtyards and will have easy access for up to eight wheelchairs, allowing residents to flex their green thumbs.

The generous donations followed a pattern of other donations to the community made by the club in recent years.

"We do monthly sausage sizzles during summer, and the Easter Fair. We're currently selling Lions Christmas cakes and puddings outside Coles," Mr Rensburg said.

Dunsborough Lions Club has been a long-time supporter of Capecare, after it committed to financially supporting the facility when it was still in the early planning stages.

Ms Penman invited the community to work together with Capecare to identify what future donations can fund.

"We'll target things that will make a difference to residents' lives that are over and above the things that we're funded to provide, as a provider of aged care.

"It would be really fantastic to engage the community's ideas for things that we could do together and involve local people," she said.

Capecare is Dunsborough's first fully integrated aged care facility which officially opened in October this year.