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St George’s resident celebrates a rich community life on 105th birthday

31st January 2020

Benetas’ St George’s Resident Mildred Andrews celebrated her 105th birthday the last week of January surrounded by friends and family for what she described as a wonderful occasion.

The grandmother of two said she was beyond astonished to have the opportunity to celebrate such a significant milestone. “It seems like a miracle to me!

“I have been very blessed throughout my life with very good health. And it was wonderful to celebrate my 105th birthday and feel so loved by everyone.”

Mrs Andrews was born and raised in Williamtown where she spent some 70 years working in the community, caring for children with disability and managing community centres.

“I’ve always felt it’s important to make your life a useful one. I was instrumental in establishing the Footscray Spastic Children’s Centre, as it was called back then.

“I then went on to establish and raise funds for the Scope Chilson Centre which was an education and respite centre for sufferers of cerebral palsy.”

As testament to her community work and contribution, Mrs Andrews was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia OAM in 2015 on her 100th birthday.

Asked her advice for living a long and happy life and Mrs Andrews says it’s about building a more caring and compassionate community.

“My advice would be to be kind to each other. And if you can, make your life a useful one!”

Mrs Andrews continues to live at Benetas’ St George’s residential aged care home in Altona Meadows.