Two older women feeding hay to an Alpaca.
(Above) Easylink customers getting up close and personal with alpacas at Tanglin Lodge.
Media release:

Not-for-profit community organisation, Easylink, will be taking groups of northern beaches seniors to Tanglin Lodge Alpacas on 19 April and 3 May, and with the farm recently welcoming three newborn alpacas, perhaps they will see more than they bargained for.

“We once had one of our alpacas give birth while a group was visiting the farm,” said farm owner, Geoff Uren, who is expecting some alpaclettes (baby alpacas) to be on show during the group’s visit.

Mr Uren said groups will get hands on experience, with a chance to pat the furry creatures and have a few photos with them before enjoying a barbeque lunch and an educational alpaca talk.

Mona Vale resident and Easylink customer, Margaret Bennett, said she is eager to get up close and personal with the alpacas and is looking forward to exploring the Richmond area farm, another unique Sydney location that she would otherwise not get the chance to visit on her own.

“It’s a terrific thing, a lot of people are living on their own like me and otherwise they’d be at home twiddling their thumbs… It would kill me if this service stopped, it keeps me alive,” Margaret said.

Event details:

  • 19 April – customers north of Wakehurst Parkway
  • 3 May – customers south of Wakehurst Parkway and east of Beacon Hill

Cost: $60 with transport, entry and lunch all included for customers registered with My Aged Care. Private customers may attend for an extra $10.

This is just one of the many activities run by Easylink to help people connect with their community.