Volunteers needed to learn about our past

A charming aged care centre in Hunters Hill is seeking volunteers to help care for its delightful residents.
Horton House in D’Aram Street is home to local retirees whose age and frailty require them to cared for by dedicated, professional staff with a strong commitment to outstanding medical care.
Volunteers are needed to support this caring network and to spend time with residents who look forward to sharing a cuppa and having a chat.
It is also an opportunity to learn about a career in aged care as well as hear stories about Australia and why we are how we are today.
“All our guests have some wonderful stories to tell and being a volunteer at Horton House is an opportunity to do something worthwhile and rewarding for people who deeply appreciate it,” Julia Thomas from Twilight Aged Care said.
“We are set in a charming environment in a famous heritage municipality and our volunteers are made to feel very welcome indeed.”
Among the great story tellers at Horton House is Fr Kevin Kerley SM OAM who has been recognised for his achievements during the Bougainville Civil War.
A military historian and a priest known to many Villa Maria parishioners, he is currently working with academics at the Australian National University and loves an opportunity to share his knowledge with young people.
“A lot of young Australians are blissfully ignorant about our military history in the South Pacific,” Fr Kerley said.
“For example, few know that our first casualties in World War One weren’t at Gallipoli but in Papua New Guinea which was a German colony and had a radio station where they were calling German U-Boats to sink our ships.
“Although our attack on the radio station claimed the lives of young Australians, it saved many, many lives at sea.
“There is even a saying that if you want to know how to pray, go to sea, where the waves are high and the sea is dark.”
Other story tellers include centenarian Edith Barnwell who recalls life in Sydney during World War One, the Great Depression and World War Two.
Like other residents she is a great fan of the golden days of movies.
“Cary Grant was my idol, he was lovely,” she said.
To become a Horton House volunteer please phone Horton House on 9499 2064.
Father Kevin Kerley SM OAM is pictured with staff and residents at Horton House in Hunters Hill during last Friday’s community Morning Tea. TWT On-the-spot PHOTO.