Estia pen pals keep in touch

By Simon Ruppert

Estia residents have developed close friendships with local school children thanks to a monthly visiting playgroup arranged by Tomorrow Today.

Thanks to COVID-19 those playgroups have been on hold, however, Tomorrow Today's Cathy Warnock and Michelle Thurston held a meeting to work out what could be done to continue these connections.

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An Estia spokesperson said that those discussions led to a pen-pal program being created.

“This has created an eagerness for regular letters, sharing stories, photos and art,” the spokesperson said.

Marion with her letter from Claudia

“Kelsie and Elsie have continued to send drawings to Bob with the support of their mum, and there is a true friendship being built.

“Bob said it was nice to feel important again.

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“Marion and 10-year-old Claudia have similar interests and hope to finally meet when the virus is over.

“Bob said we should all think of others during this time of isolation and consider that simply making contact could give a person back a purpose.”

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