Cupcakes bring birthday smile to local residents

Cupcakes bring birthday smile to local residents

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Member for Southern River Terry Healy with his wife Catherine and daughters Heaven and Arya Chakulunta-Healy. Photograph - Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne.

A local member of parliament has called more than 800 elderly and vulnerable people in the community to give them comfort during the current health crisis.

In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, member for Southern River Terry Healy began calling everyone within his electorate over the age of 65 to make sure they were doing okay.

Many of these people won’t be celebrating their birthdays the usual way, but Mr Healy found a special way to celebrate them.

Mr Healy said he and his children are always in the kitchen baking when it comes to celebrating major events.

Last month Mr Healy and his children baked 14 cupcakes and he will be celebrating 22 milestone birthdays this month.

However, to meet the social distancing rules, a photo and video with the cupcakes and Mr Healy’s family is sent to local people in the hope of making their day a little better.

“These cupcakes are one small way I can make sure people in my community feel a little bit more connected during this difficult time,” he said.

“I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to those nine people who are celebrating milestone 60th and 70th birthdays this month.

“I think it’s important that we all do our part to look after each other and be kind.

“We will all get through this situation if we stick together and keep checking on each other.”