Morning Tea at Ruby in support of the Australian Cancer Council

On May 25, residents from Living Gems by Ruby at Eagleby came together to host Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in support of the Australian Cancer Council.  The event was a huge success, raising over $1,500 dollars.

Committee members Beryl Suter and Heather Redman jointly came up with the idea to host an event and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly.  This was the first time current committee members had taken part in the national morning tea, and they were overwhelmed by the turnout.


Beryl mentioned that a successful event would involve about forty people – but that they would panic if attendance climbed to eighty.  They were in disbelief when numbers reached 160, with some guests travelling from nearby residences to be part of the day.  After the final count, the actual turnout surpassed expectations with over 200 people showing up armed with a plate of food and donations at the ready.

“We just kept advertising the event at meals, bingo and social evenings – and attendance exploded!” said Beryl.

Beryl and Heather were also able to attract support from local sponsors IGA Eagleby & Woolworths Beenleigh, which both supplied food vouchers to help cater the day.  The Beenleigh Cheesecake shop also came on board and donated an assortment of cakes.

To help raise additional funds, Beryl and Heather ran a raffle with gift packs of wine, chocolates, cosmetics and jewellery.  The raffles proved popular with residents.

When asked why they wanted to support the cause, Redman noted that,

“It’s important to us, because everyone knows someone who has been touched by Cancer.  Many of our residents, friends and family have been affected.  We wanted to do what we could to to support” 

A 10-year love affair with Ruby Resort by Living Gems

Ron and Margaret Gibbs are celebrating 10 years of resort style living at Ruby by Living Gems Residential Resort in Eagleby between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. They were the first people to move into the lifestyle resort and they are enjoying it just as much today as they did when they took possession of their first home. Ron says their first home at Ruby by Living Gems suited them at the time. “About three years ago we decided we wanted a change so we sold our original home at Ruby and bought another one,” he says.

“Margaret is keen gardener; part of the appeal of this house was the perimeter bock with a larger garden. We chose a three bedroom, two-bathroom design with alterations that suited our specifications. It worked out very well.”

Ron and Margaret emigrated from England 44 years ago. Ron is a Londoner and Margaret hails from Portsmouth. Ron says both his older brothers had made the move from Britain to the Gold Coast. “We liked the sound of it so we followed the family and settled on the Gold Coast where we raised our children. When the children grew up we eventually decided to downsize and moved to a boutique retirement village on the northern Gold Coast. “It was okay but we had no garden so we moved to a townhouse in Runaway Bay.

On our fortieth wedding anniversary, I asked Margaret if she could see us living in a townhouse for the foreseeable future and she said no so we started looking at other options. “We had friends living at Sapphire by Living Gems, we liked the look of it and planned to buy until we discovered Ruby was being built across the road and decided to buy there. We love the location and the lifestyle. We are near our children and my brothers who all live on the Gold Coast.

“We really enjoy our social life, it’s a big change for me, until we moved here I never had a social life. We now enjoy the benefits of living in a lifestyle resort with great friends and neighbours plus all the resort facilities under the sun,” he says.

Living Gems has eight residential resorts in South East Queensland. New homes are available at Living Gems Pacific Paradise on the Sunshine Coast, Living Gems Toowoomba, Living Gems Caboolture on the north side of Brisbane and Opal by Living Gems in Logan Village. Established homes are occasionally offered for sale at Ruby by Living Gems and Sapphire by Living Gems Eagleby, Living Gems Maleny, and Living Gems Gold Coast.

Visit www.livinggems.com.au for information on each resort or call 1800 785 594. Homes can also be seen on Real Estate.com, search retirement, the suburb and price range to see all the options.