Bringing together two of the most vulnerable groups in our society; the elderly and animals, has so many benefits for both as was seen last Tuesday when ‘the cuteness overload’ kid goats, Marigold, and Daisy, ‘the getting steadier by the day’ Eddie and ‘the inimitable and affable’ Timmy Sheep, made their way (aided by the human contingent of Edgar’s Mission) to Vasey House Aged Care in Bundoora.
Watching smiles erupt and fingers come to life, as animals were stroked and kind hearts stoked, these are special moments in life. Indeed animals and the elderly have so much in common; both are often forgotten, considered too much trouble or have their emotional needs denied as they become mute witnesses to human indifference. But thankfully it is not always this way; change is afoot as the events of this day remind us that what the world needs right now is that little bit more kindness. And each and every one of us can contribute to that goal.