Carrying the torch for community spirit

May 17, 2024 BY

Peace and friendship: Heathcote community house walking group member Maree Hingston at the start of the Community Games Torch Relay. Photo: SUPPLIED

FOLLOWING the successful Community Games last month, the HCH Heathcote Community Games Torch Relay has begun.

The torch will visit groups, organisations, businesses and members of the Heathcote community and surrounding areas leading up to the 2025 Community Games.

“We hope to continue to ignite the spirit of our Heathcote Community Games and what it brings to us all,” said Community House executive officer, Vicki Forde.

“It is all about highlighting and showcasing the peace and unity of our wonderful communities.

“Together with Carol Fanning, leisure and lifestyle co-ordinator from HH Aged Care, we are continuing to showcase our collaborative programs with the community.

“We started our relay with our wonderful Walkers Group that includes members of the community meeting residents each week to walk together, have a natter and a laugh.

The spirit of Heathcote: Bernie Membrey holding the HCH Heathcote Community Games torch high at Heathcote Health. Photo: SUPPLIED


“The walking group is about bringing people together to enjoy physical activity, especially those with some mobility challenges who don’t want to walk alone.

“Participants come from everywhere in our community as well as the HH hostel.”

A special torch was constructed by community house volunteer Sylvia Crewe. Stickers will be added to show where it has travelled.

“It will be a wonderful display of the coming together of the community, passing the torch and uniting in peace and friendship for our community,” said Ms Forde.

“The HCH together with the O’Keefe Challenge, Heathcote Health and major sponsors Heathcote Community Bank and Mandalay Resources have joined together for the event.

“We want to ignite our passion for our Community Games to continue all year, bringing us together to celebrate and showcase our amazing united communities.

“We welcome anyone who would like to be part of our team reigniting the HCH and HCG spirit and have some time, talents or skills to lend a hand.”

For further information phone Ms Forde at Heathcote Community House on 0431 328 421.