Caricatures drawn at Augusta aged care facilities

SPITTING IMAGE: Barb and Peter Widdowson pose alongside their portrait drawn by Allan Addams at Edenfield Family Care Nerrilda. PHOTO: Anne-Marie Seagrim.
SPITTING IMAGE: Barb and Peter Widdowson pose alongside their portrait drawn by Allan Addams at Edenfield Family Care Nerrilda. PHOTO: Anne-Marie Seagrim.

Residents at Port Augusta’s aged care facilities were given the chance to see what they would look like in cartoon.

Cartoonist Allan Addams attended both Edenfield Family Care Ramsay and Nerrilda on Tuesday, August 21, drawing caricatures of over 60 residents.

Mr Addams’ visit was organised by the Nerrilda/Ramsay Auxiliary, who used money generated from a host of fundraising activities to facilitate the event.

Auxiliary President Vanessa Kirkham was pleased with how engaging the event was for the residents.

“Allan really spoke to them all individually and got to know some of their stories,” Mrs Kirkham said. “Residents who don’t come out of their rooms very much were happy to be part of the event, so that was really pleasing.”

Mr Addams, known as ‘The Cartoon Guy’, is based in Adelaide, and draws fast and personalised caricatures at birthdays, weddings and Christmas parties.

The Cartoon Guy’s visit follows on from another quirky event hosted at the aged care facilities, with petting zoo Animals Anonymous welcomed by the residents in March.

Mrs Kirkham said the purpose of the events is to enhance the wellbeing of the residents.

“We’re trying to get things that are a little bit different that residents normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to do,” she said. “It’s important for us to look at ways to bring those opportunities into the facilities.”

The Auxiliary is hosting another fundraising breakfast on Sunday, September 9 at the Port Augusta Yacht Club from 8-10:30am.

Mrs Kirkham said everyone is welcome to attend.

“A huge thanks must go to the Yacht Club for their support,” she said. “I hope people can come along and attend our fundraising events, so we can continue this good work.”