The magic of Christmas was in the air as customers across New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia attended their Afford Christmas parties. Christmas tunes, Santa visits and delicious festive treats were enjoyed by customers and staff, as they celebrated their many achievements despite a challenging year.

On December 13th, Afford once again hosted the New South Wales Christmas party at Sydney Zoo in Bungarribee, the heart of Western Sydney. It is Afford’s second year as an official supporting partner of Sydney Zoo and everyone was thrilled to return.

With music playing throughout the day and a Christmas sing-a-long, everyone enjoyed letting their hair down before being surprised with a visit from Santa and Mrs Clause. After a delicious lunch, everyone had free time to wander through the animal enclosures and see a range of Aussie and international animals up close.

“I have been the Sydney Santa since 2017 and I love it. Seeing the smiles and joy, it brings to our customers is amazing. The minute they hear me ring the Christmas bell, they get so excited, it’s always a big reaction,” said Lifestyle Assistant, Lazar Roth.

In Western Australia, our customers came together on December 14th at Bentley Lifestyle Centre for a special day of fun and festivities. The day was a success, with everyone reflecting on the past year and looking forward to 2022!

Wrapping up the last of the Afford customer Christmas parties was South Australia’s event at Cleland Wildlife Park on December 16th. The park is home to a small number of Aussie animals who live in their natural habitats. It provided an authentic wildlife experience that our customers loved. Many creatures were seen throughout the day and the sleepy koalas and bouncy kangaroos were a crowd favourite.

We are so thankful for the support of our customers and staff during this year and hope you enjoyed sharing the holiday spirit at these events.

Our lifestyle centres and supported accommodation homes are families that love to celebrate together and share in special traditions. Find out more about the supports and services near you.

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