Sarah Salida was born in England on 28 August 1909 and moved to Australia in 1982. While it is no longer a rarity for a person to reach their hundredth birthday, Sarah is doing better than most by almost any criteria.
This mother of three and grandmother / great grandmother of too many to count, lives extremely independently in her own unit in Bondi Junction. While Sarah is remarkably steady, active and sharp, since March 2008 Sarah has been accessing six hours of Home Support each week from the JewishCare’s Home Support team. This provides personal care, shopping, cleaning and support going to appointments makes a huge difference to her life.
“The help I get from the staff of JewishCare is wonderful. I cant believe how lucky I am. Everyone at JewishCare is so caring, nothing is too much trouble for them” said Salida contemplating the congratulatory certificates from The Prime Minister, The Governor General and The Queen.
Sadly, Sarah passed away on 27 July 2010. Her daughter Ruth has agreed for this article to remain on the site as a tribute to her wonderful mother
Sigmund Brana was born in Romania and survived the Nazi Labour camps before moving to Israel where he met Matilda whom he married in 1963. They migrated to Australia where operated their own small business for many years.
In 2003 they were introduced to Club 50. First they attended the monthly function and then every Wednesday they attended the Drop in Centre in Fischl House,Woollahra where they learned to play bridge and enjoyed the wonderful social atmosphere. "It was the highlight of our week" said Sigmund.
Sadly financial and health problems have recently devastated the family. Matilda died a year ago and although Sigmund underwent a life saving triple heart bypass surgery he knew his life would never be the same. He felt isolated and depressed. He returned to Club 50 activities which also includes regular cemetery visits where he visits his beloved Matilda. "While I am sad to attend the Club 50 activities alone, the JewishCare staff and members are so friendly it gives me a lot a happiness and helps me to go on. Wednesday remains the highlight of the week" said Sigmund