Sunday, August 1, was International Friendship Day and the management team at the ADRA Op-Shop in Maude Street, Encounter Bay, decided to hold a High Tea to celebrate. But this date hit a hurdle.
Government restrictions caused the High Tea to be postponed.
This event was designed to facilitate the meeting together of single people to provide an arena where friendships could be initiated or nurtured at no cost to them.
There are many elderly citizens on the South Coast who have lost their life partner or are on their own for other reasons and as a means of supporting the community ADRA planned this event and issued invitations.
However, on September 23, the High Tea could be held.
So it was that 34 people, mostly ladies, met together at the Boulevard Café to enjoy a time of friendship and food.
ADRA Op-Shop spokesperson said judging by the level of conversation in the room there was no doubt that everyone had "a great time".
"The food provided by The Boulevard was exemplary and the atmosphere of the event was exactly as we had hoped," the spokesperson said.
"We did not arrange for a keynote speaker on the day as the concept was simply to provide an opportunity for people to enjoy good food and conversation, however we were happy to invite Valerie Lillington, to provide a short presentation on her 'Victor Challenge' concepts to the group."
The management team at the ADRA Victor Harbor Op-Shop were delighted by the number of folks who attended on the day.
"We are certain that when we hold further community friendship events like this, the popularity will increase.
"It is such an honour to be able to provide support to our community and we see these types of events as amplification of the current levels of support we are providing throughout the Fleurieu," the spokesperson said.
The event built self esteem and confidence to the many who attended.