Making a Difference: Baptcare history book launch

IN February we concluded the celebration for Baptcare’s 70th anniversary with the launch of our history book entitled Making a Difference: The legends and landmarks of Baptcare.

The book is a wonderful collection of stories that highlight some of the amazing work that Baptcare has achieved over the past 70 years.

We were honoured to host many key figures in Baptcare’s history at the book’s launch, including Sadie Newnham, a resident at Strathalan aged in her eighties.

When she was just fifteen years old, Sadie and her brother, Vic Stewart, accompanied Reverend William Pope and his wife Mary on their first trip to view the Strathalan Homestead, which was to become the Victorian Baptist community’s first aged care facility and would start the journey towards what would eventually become Baptcare.

Sadie was a member of the Hawthorn Baptist Church youth group when she visited Macleod with the Popes in the early 1940s.

Mary Pope and the Baptist Women’s Association went on to raise over £4,000 – an extraordinary amount at the time – to pay for the homestead, which opened as the Strathalan Homes in 1945, with nine residents.

This is a common theme among the stories throughout this book – that of courage and determination to make a difference.

This still holds true today at as we live our Mission of partnering for fullness of life with people of all ages, cultures, beliefs and circumstances. These stories underpin what Baptcare stands for – listening and understanding with empathy, and working together to find ways to make a difference in people’s lives.

Making a Difference is available for sale through Melbourne Books.