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AYAH celebrates one year anniversary

The Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice (AYAH) has marked its one-year anniversary since opening its doors to patients and families. To acknowledge the milestone, a BBQ was organised at the AYAH premises, bringing together attendees, including patients and families who have utilised the facility during its inaugural year.

The event, supported by various community groups, hosted over 65 attendees and featured activities facilitated by partners such as Surfboard Souls Manly, who conducted an artistic workshop. Using repurposed surfboards, attendees created ocean-inspired artworks under the guidance of Oli O Art. 

Ben and Jerry’s Manly sponsored the event by providing complimentary ice cream for attendees. Stella Maris College, Manly, contributed musical entertainment, including a piano/vocal duo and a string band with vocalists. Stella Maris College Manly also donated gift baskets to the facility.
AYAH volunteers played a crucial role, contributing additional time for various tasks such as set-up, assisting with art activities, and supporting the overall event. Chef Phil and the team ensured a well-crafted spread of food for the attendees.

“It was an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on this milestone. We feel we’ve established a supportive environment at the AYAH, and it was good to see familiar faces come together in a social setting. The success of the day was made possible by our event partners, volunteers, and AYAH staff, committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment,” said Laura Grant, Community Partnerships Manager. 

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