As part of their mission to build the community at Pilmuir House, the team puts on a quarterly fish ‘n chip night. This is a free evening for all tenants who are encouraged to come down to the common room socialise, eat and meet fellow residents.
With the festive season upon us, this Wednesday was the Pilmuir House annual Christmas party. With the fish ‘n chips night being such a success they decided to run the same evening but with karaoke! To help pay for the karaoke machine a bucket with a suggested donation of $2 was placed at reception.
MC for the evening would be Sheryl’s husband Dion. A legend on the mic and all round good guy in previous years has had to sing everything from Dolly Parton to Toto to fill the blank spaces. This year would be different…
The evening started at 6:30 pm Josephine and Sheryl took the car over to The Y’s favourite fish ‘n chip shop Blue Island Seafoods to pick up enough portions of fresh fish, meat patties and sausages. The previous evening Sheryl had made her famous pasta salad and one tenant had donated six huge pavlovas and a freezer full of ice-cream for dessert. 7:00 pm and dinner was served, a great turn out of around 80 tenants came down for kai, which was more than anticipated!
Soon after, an amazing turn out with belly’s full, the karaoke machine was switched on, mics checked, and the songs started to roll! First up we had Andrew a long-term tenant who also plays the Ukulele followed by our ‘Man Up’ group (These guys are a great bunch who come in once a week to talk about issues facing some of our male tenants and offer counselling). Soon after this, the requests started to roll, and the evening was underway. Throughout the evening people floated in and out with an average of 30 people in the room throughout the evening a good time was had by all.
The closing song for the evening was … wait for it … you guess it – YMCA! This got the whole room up arms flailing, feet dancing and smiles all round. By 10.30 the evening was complete, karaoke packed away, leftovers wrapped and good nights were said.
We had great feedback from all tenants who attended, all of which said they cannot wait until next years!
A huge thanks to Josephine, Sheryl, Dion and everybody who attended making the evening a special one.
Merry Christmas From YMCA Greater Wellington.