On 24 August, BlueCare turns 70 – a big milestone for the iconic organisation, which is one of Queensland’s biggest and most trusted aged care and retirement living providers.
The celebrations started in July, and will be continuing throughout August and September, too, across BlueCare sites and Uniting Churches state-wide.
To find out about events, read the moving commemorative 70th Anniversary magazine, and watch a short video about BlueCare’s inspiring back story check out www.bluecare.org.au/70years
Because BlueCare’s history is truly worth celebrating. Originally called the Blue Nursing Service, it was an initiative of the West End Methodist Mission [of the West End Methodist Church] in South Brisbane, led by the pioneering Reverend Arthur Preston.
It all began in 1953, with just one nurse, Sister Olive Crombie, who gave people at-home medical assistance - even though there was only three weeks’ pay on offer for her initially.
In 1977 it came under the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod.
From those humble beginnings, BlueCare was born - decades later it’s still proudly part of the UnitingCare Queensland family.
BlueCare now has over 8500 staff and more than 500 volunteers, providing the kind of compassionate care and support for which the organisation has been renowned during the last seven decades.
Here’s a little taster of some of the ways BlueCare is acknowledging seven decades at the heart of Queensland:
August-September: Celebrations at sites across Queensland with staff, residents, clients, local community and church members getting involved.
Sunday, 20 August: A special BlueCare Sunday Service at West End Uniting Church, Brisbane, is open to all. Plus, look out for a four-page BlueCare supplement in The Sunday Mail.
- Thursday, 24 August: It’s BlueCare’s official birthday! As well as events at sites and the Uniting Church across the state, landmarks throughout Townsville, Rockhampton, Dalby and Chinchilla, and the Fraser Coast will turn blue.