Opal by Living Gems residents raise thousands for cancer research

Opal by Living Gems residents turned out in droves for the Jimboomba Relay for Life event, held on 7-8 October.

Nola Green, Cheryl Hitchin and Desiley Bell led a team of 50 to raise a goal of $5,000 and exceeded even their own expectations, raising a total of $7,409.15.

The fantastic result was a true team effort.

At the closing ceremony on Sunday morning, the Opal by Living Gems team was applauded as a ‘late starter’ for this year’s event, who still raised the second-largest contribution.

The team was also presented the ‘Spirit of Relay’ trophy, which is awarded to an individual or team that displayed exemplary effort.

“It was a fantastic weekend and everyone who came enjoyed themselves,” says Nola, one of the organisers of the Opal by Living Gems team.

“Thank you to everyone in our team and the community of Opal by Living Gems for your hard work, support and enthusiasm.”

Team organisers Nola, Cheryl and Desiley were inspired by a recent Biggest Morning Tea event to take on their own fundraising initiative, and Relay for Life, was perfect.

“There are a lot of people even in the resort who have been touched by cancer personally in addition to family and friends,” says Nola. “It is a terrible disease.”

“Just like so many others, I have had many family and friends that have battled cancer and wanted to do something for them.”

She said the response was amazing not only from the residents, but also from Opal by Living Gems management.

“Kevin and Marie and Lyn have been so helpful and have been doing so much for us, as has Sandra in marketing.”

Teams completed a walking relay around a set course for 18 hours – from 3pm to 9am – with several poignant and symbolic marks of respect to sufferers, survivors, and those who have passed away and the families that they have left behind.

Pets: Meet Rosie & Rocky Miller

Names: Rosie and Rocky Miller

Ages: 5 and 7 years.

Sex: Female and male.

Parents: Mike and Dianne Miller.

What type of dogs are you?

Rosie: I am a toy poodle, while Rocky is a Chihuahua.

What is your favourite toy?

Rocky: We have a few different toys. The ones we like the best have a small, soft ball connected to a rope. It’s fun to chase them, and they’re easy to carry and play tug of war with them.

What is your favourite part of the Opal by Living Gems resort?

Rosie: We love walking around the resort, especially down the back at the dog run – there are often other dogs there and we can say hello and have a bit of a sniff.

Rocky: I can’t wait until Kev finishes the finishes the path around the back of the resort so that we can go on longer walks. Woof!

Which food do you enjoy the most?

Rosie: Definitely chicken. Mum has some excellent recipes.

Rocky: Beef jerky as well. Definitely beef jerky. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

What is your most annoying habit?

Rosie: When people walk in front of the house and I can see them through the screen doors, I can’t help myself, and I yell out to them. Woof, woof!

Rocky: We are just trying to be friendly!

Tell us about your best or funniest moment.

Rocky: Sometimes we get a bit worked up and start chasing each other around the house. It’s such good fun to chase each other around.

Rosie: We go around and around the lounge, and up and down the hallway. It always makes mum laugh.

Who treats you best, mum or dad?

Rocky: They’re both amazing people and treat us really well. Each night though, while we’re watching TV, I’ll snuggle up with Mike and Rosie will hop up with mum.

Words of congratulations for croquet field opening

We are excited to announce that Opal by Living Gems received some kind words of congratulations for Logan City Council Mayor Luke Smith.

You can read the full letter below…

On the Road for Rustic Wineries

Bill and Gitta Malkin have travelled extensively through Australia in their motor home, free camping where they can, seeing the diverse sights of the nation, and also visiting its finest wineries.

They recently returned to Opal by Living Gems after a three-month, family-focused trip to Adelaide.

Bill and Gitta’s daughter in law was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and the family converged on the city in support.

It provided one of those rare opportunities to see their three children and six of 16 grandchildren in the one place.

“We took the opportunity while we were there to see a few different vineyards at the Barossa Valley, Clare, McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills and also at Hahndorf,” says Bill.

“It was nice to get out and see some things together as a family.”

The trip to Adelaide followed a six-month adventure in Western Australia, where they saw landmarks such as Wave Rock and, of course, visited several of that state’s fine wineries.

It is a passion for Bill, who has 180 bottles of red wine at his home at Opal by Living Gems, and he has a extensive knowledge of Australia’s best wineries.

“We are so lucky in Australia, we have so many high-quality growing areas such as Margaret River, Swan Valley, Hunter Valley and the Barossa Valley,” he says.

Bill prefers the personal touch of an independent estate and he and Gitta always visit local visitor information centres to ask which wineries and sights provide the best experience.

They also prefer free camping and Gitta will always peruse the ‘camping bible’ Camps 9, and the Wikicamps applicaton to find the best spot to stay, whether it is in a national park, or on a farm.

Here are a handful of Bill’s most memorable wineries.

Langmeil Winery, Tanunda

“They make some beautiful reds,” says Bill of Langmeil Winery set in the town of Tanunda in the Barossa Valley. The family-owned and operated winery lays claim to being the oldest surviving Shiraz vineyard in the world, planted in 1843, and Shiraz just happens to be Bill’s preferred grape. The historic winery is housed in original buildings built by some of the first European settlers to the region.

Sieber Road Vineyard, Seppeltsfield

Although this Barossa Valley winery recently received a double gold award at the Melbourne International Wine Competition with its 2015 Shiraz/Grenache, it was more than the wine that stood out for Bill at the Sieber Road Vineyard – it was the lovely people who run the winery. “It was one of the nicest personal experiences I have had at a winery. The lady behind the counter, Val, is a lovely, lovely person. We went back four times, it felt like coming home.”

Windy Creek Estate, Swan Valley

Another independent winery in Western Australia where Bill was highly impressed by the experience provided for visitors. The family-run estate is not just a business but the family home and it is treated as such. “A great experience with great people,” says Bill.

Vasse Felix, Margaret River

Founded in 1967 by Dr Tom Cullity, Vasse Felix was the first winery to be established in what is now one of Australia’s most renowned wine-growing regions. Bill says it is a “little bit more upmarket” than several of the other family-owned wineries in this list, and worth it for the sense of history and views from the tasting building.

Bill describes the wine-tasting experience at Hugh Hamilton Wines as the best he has experienced. Even the dirt from the vineyards is brought out for the tasters, so that they can gain a deeper understanding of the flavours of the grapes. “It was a great way to gain a good nose for a red. Such a good experience, complimented from the beautiful views from their tasting area.” The wines are complimented with cheeses and chocolates depending on which was the better fit.

Opal by Living Gems Neil Diamond Spectacular

On Saturday 24 June, Opal by Living Gems hosted the Neil Diamond Spectacular, with 150 people attending the sold out tribute concert.

Annette Reberger, who has been living at Opal by Living Gems for just three months, heads up the event committee at the resort, and was thrilled to see the success of the sold-out event.

“It was brilliant seeing all the ladies dressed up and the bar open and everyone enjoying themselves to the music,” says Annette.

Opal by Living Gems Croquet Field Launch

This week was the launch of our brand new croquet field at Opal by Living Gems!

Residents enjoyed a relaxed afternoon testing the green and were treated to a sausage sizzle lunch. 

Four New Display Homes Open at Opal by Living Gems

Opal by Living Gems has four brand new display homes open for inspection and available to purchase.

Take a look at these four beautiful designs below.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to book an inspection while they are still available. Call Lyn Butler today on 07 5547 2333.