A young volunteer is bringing light and laughter to the residents of a Brisbane aged care home.
Nick Margan, 27, visits Regis Aged Care in Brisbane’s northwest regularly with an arsenal of moves and vintage classic songs to share with his older friends. Nick has Down syndrome and his love of music is infectious, often playing old-time tunes such as ‘Wouldn’t It Be Lovely’, ‘Que Sera, Sera’, and ‘Love and Marriage’ for residents to sing along to.
Nick said his visits are one of his favourite days of the week. He is a diligent visitor, never missing a session – even on his birthday!
“Music is a part of my life because singing is what I am, and singing makes me happy,” Nick told ABC News.
One resident, 79-year-old Emillia “Millie” Fulwood, looks forward to Nick’s visits which warm her heart and instils a maternal feeling towards him.
Nick first approached Brisbane’s Regis Aged Care facilities in hopes to secure a volunteering opportunity. The facility’s Volunteer Coordinator, Vicki Bavich, conducted the interview with him and could see Nick was an entertainer with a compassionate heart who would bring joy to residents.
“Through the interview, he talked about his music,” she also told ABC News.
“So, I thought, well, the best place for him to be is to be involved with the singalong.”
Two years later, Ms Bavich said Mr Margan’s singalongs consistently draw a crowd.
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