The community who raises thousands of dollars for an aged care facility

Led by its President Rosemary Bain, the RM Begg Auxiliary Group of 20 dedicated members are drawn together to raise funds and provide support for the aged care home’s residents in the town of Kyneton, 87km northwest of Melbourne.

For many years, the group’s long history of fundraising efforts has helped enhance the home’s shared and personal living spaces, as well as assisted the support provided to residents through the provision of much-needed equipment and care items.

“Put simply – their altruism has ensured RM Begg’s residents can enjoy the twilight of their lives in a place of comfort, care and respect,” Respect said.


Last financial year, the group raised $30,000 by selling baked goods, crafts created with love and care, and donated goods at several community fairs and fundraising events.

The RM Begg Auxiliary Group hold regular gatherings at Bolton Hall, an iconic building located just across the road from the home. This venue has become a hub of activity and goodwill, where ideas are exchanged, initiatives are planned, and hearts are warmed. It’s here that the group’s members collaborate, organise events, and share their connection with RM Begg, its residents, and the wider Kyneton community.

RM Begg merged with Respect in June and Respect is proposing to improve facilities at Bolton Hall.

“At Respect, so many of our homes have a proud history of philanthropy, and we owe such a tremendous amount of gratitude to the generosity of all our supporters and patrons who continue to support our vital work,” Deb Cutts, Respect’s Head of Philanthropy, said.

“The Auxiliary Group at RM Begg has been so pivotal in ensuring residents are able to enjoy a great quality of life at our home, and Respect is looking forward to supporting their ongoing fundraising efforts – so they can continue to make such a big difference to the Kyneton community.

“All money raised at RM Begg will be used to improve the lives of residents at the home. It is so important to spend the money in the community in which it was raised.”


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A special thanks to our contributors

Caroline Egan

DCM Media, agedcare101

Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

Ian Horswill


Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.