GOG was invited along to a ‘Seniors Skill Sharing’ event this afternoon held at the Canberra Seniors Centre. We enjoyed an afternoon of chatting and connecting with some lovely people, while sharing the art and love of knitting and crocheting. Thanks to Megan from Consenses Community Events for the invitation and to the Goodeze who gave their time to join me this afternoon!
A Team Effort! Go Eels!
An elderly patient that had been hospitalized for months and away from family and her husband for months asked our staff if she could have a blanket to send to her husband on his 90th. She choose the Parramatta Eels blanket.
A kind staff member posted the blanket to its recipient in a country area.
It was fed back to me, what a tremendous hit it was and how it gave the gentleman much solace and comfort.
That’s what I call a team effort!
Permission to share this story was granted. – Kath
Today we held our first ‘Craft and Conversation’session at Taylor since the new year and it was a great success, despite the strange weather. We were joined by some of our wonderful GOG members and some absolutely lovely members of the Margaret Hendry primary school community, some continuing on from last year and some new members too! It was a small turn out as the rain kept people away, but with many keen voices floating around we are sure we’re going to be booming in the coming weeks. 😊 Thanks to Kathryn Deng for the photos!
On another hot day in Canberra it was wonderful to escape into the air conditioned comfort of the Canberra Raiders Club near Kippax for today’s GOG Working Bee.
It was eyes down and fingers busy as members sewed labels and knitted and crocheted their way through a couple of hours of the usual laughter, chat, sharing and teaching that are the hallmarks of every GOG Working Bee.
Despite many members protestations that they felt it had been too hot to craft in the last two weeks the donation table was again laiden with some wonderful creations that will bring joy and comfort to patients in the Canberra Health Services.
Thanks for another great afternoon everyone, your generosity and creativity always inspire me. – Barbara
The new gold standard treatment in ICU is GOG and DOG therapy.
Miss Ruby visited a gentleman that said recieving a GOG blanket and having a visit from Ruby was the best day ever.
He asked me to pass on his Thanks and said he would treasure it.
He loved the colour combination! – Kath
Dear GOG community.
I was just reflecting on the last few weeks and how busy it has been.
Our registrar is reflecting how lucky we are to have the comfort care goods to distribute to our patients.
The GOG ‘gift giving bed to bed service’ was received with much positivity and enthusiasm and a lot of the staff were so thrilled to see the patients and families choose their own gifts. For days we saw patients with Christmas quilts on their beds.
On the afternoon that the trolley was wheeled around, there was much laughter and joy. I will never forget its amazing presentation. One patient fedback to me how grateful that she was to be able to choose gifts for her children from the trolley. She has been hospitalized for 3 months.
GOG gifts definitely made Christmas special this year for everyone in ICU.
GOG continues to provide comfort care for end of life care and once again families have been very humbled by your kindness.
The teddy’s with the fiddle muffs attached have been an enormous hit with some of elderly patients.
Once again thanks for all you do for patient care. – Kathleen
We received a thank you card today from a family that where very appreciative of the care their loved one received. They particularly where humbled by the beautiful blanket gifted to their loved one by GOG and wanted to pass on their heartfelt thank you to the GOG community for such a kind and thoughtful gesture.
Thank you GOGs – Kath
Happy New Year Goodeze! 🥳🥳 It’s been such a fun and productive year! We’ve achieved so much and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every Goodie who contributed to our amazing success this year!
We have supported many Canberra as well as interstate families over the past year and it has been a real pleasure leading us into the new year with so many new Goodies added to our ‘repertoire’, new members joining our community and several new programs starting or set to start in the very near future.
Thank you to one and all for an amazing year! Please stay safe over the New Year and I hope you are able to spend time with loved ones.
Here is a review of GOG’s year in pictures! I hope you enjoy!
It was wonderful to see another amazing turnout of the GOG Tribe at today’s working bee on a very hot and smokey day.
It was especially fabulous to welcome new members, who were quick to take up needles and join in today’s group projects of getting labels sewn onto an amazing pile of completed goodies, winding wool and/or starting their own goodies to donate to the hospital.
As always there was lots of chat, laughter, sharing and learning among the stitching, and the Christmas period hasn’t seen any slow down in the amazing goodies finished and donated by members of the tribe! As always I am in awe, and inspired by the creativity and talent of the GOG Tribe.
The most rewarding Christmas Eve I’ve ever spent, delivering all your amazing Goodies to patients and family members in ICU. 🎁 Something I’ll never forget and hope to repeat for many years to come! 💕
The joy on everyone’s faces including the staff, as we walked with our overflowing trollies through the ward spreading as much Christmas cheer as we could, was just priceless.
Merry Christmas and thank you to all the amazing staff in ICU who welcomed us, and who will be spending this Christmas period caring for some of our local families in need. You guys really are angels! 👼
Thanks to the GOG community for all your support over the year and for all your amazing contributions to make Christmas special for our patients and staff. I have received so much positive feedback from staff tonight and just want to pass on many thanks for the joy you brought today.
Merry Christmas everyone – Kathleen
My patients family just LOVED the things for their child and the gown for the patient for Christmas Day 🥰 thank you so much for putting smiles on their faces 🥰 – Angela
Santa’s ‘little helpers’ spent the morning wrapping gifts, and making preparations for delivery later tonight! Such a joy to bump into Harry and Carol and share some of this day with them. A joy to see the amazing impact he has on everyone that meets him! 💕
Today I had the pleasure and privilege to do two GOG drops yesterday. One to TCH and one to UCH on behalf of you all out you lovely Goodeze out there!
The Fiddle Mupsters are a huge hit on many levels and Wendy from TCH Aged Care was overjoyed to receive them and will continue to provide feedback! Toni was similarly excited to receive the many blankets, Goodie Dolls and Gogsters for the EOL initiative rollout throughout the hospital. It really brings us GOGS joy to be part of such a a caring initiative, especially at this time of year.
Huge thanks to everyone who worked their magic for GOG this year!! 💖