Charlie had the gift of knowing what people needed, especially his older community, and then ensuring that they got it. This was his gift – the “gift of giving” what his community needed.
During his wake, one of Charlie’s neighbours summed up what Charlie gave to his community beautifully. She said…
“There seems to be much less laughter and light in the community without Charlie; I don’t know how we will all manage without him. Charlie gave so much of himself and would never accept praise or payment. He will be missed in more ways than one…”
Charlie was an ordinary man, with a big heart. He was not rich and was often not in good health himself towards the end. He was however, a man of action, who cared very much about his older community.
Charlie taught us that it is often the small and practical gestures, which have the biggest impact to an elder’s wellbeing.
Gestures such as:
- taking an interest in his neighbours’ wellbeing;
- noticing those who were doing it tough;
- giving his time and company;
- offering to do odd jobs;
- offering lifts to those without transport;
- arranging a “whip around” for those financially struggling;
- giving comfort and company to those in their last stages of life; and
- so very much more.
Charlie showed us of the importance of “community spirit” and taking responsibility to help those in need. He also taught us that a loving and peaceful death is the ‘exception and not the rule’.
That is why our fund is named Charlie’s Gift, the gift of giving.
Because of Charlie our community will continue to give our frail and vulnerable aged the support needed to live well and experience a loving and peaceful death.
Together we are the positive change needed to make a difference.