Northern Illawarra doctor Mark Melek loves his work.
So much so, on Saturday September 1st he’s throwing a party with jumping castles, petting zoos and watercolour workshops – free for the whole community.
Mark set up ‘Village Practice’ at Woonona early this year and he couldn’t be happier. “I love this place,
he says, looking proudly around. “I love coming to work and this is one of the best things I’ve ever done. It’s been a magnificent experience.”
And the ‘Village Practice’ is fast becoming an integral part of the local community. Mark is a firm believer in wholistic health, so in addition to medical services, he’s using the practice to run workshops, to grow veggies, and they have recently taken on a ‘Practice Puppy’.
“There are so many documented benefits of having animals around,” says Mark. “They ease anxiety and they put a smile on people’s faces, so we have brought in Kaylee the Border Collie pup- and she’s just gorgeous!”
But in the meantime- it’s all hands on deck as the team prepares for the upcoming Spring Festival!
“We want to have a party to celebrate Spring, life and community,” he says. “It’s an excuse to bring people together in what we’re hoping will become an annual event.”
So far, the following has been confirmed
- Food Vans (An Chut Chut/Frank and Harrys)
- Jumping Castle
- Face painting
- Petting Zoo
- Illawarra Woodwork School Wood Carving Demonstration
- Cake Stall thanks to Woonona East Public School
- Wild Rumpus Watercolour Workshop with Kiara Mucci
- Live music with Sandon Groves
- Backyard Wonderland Workshop with Pope’s Practice
“It’s going to be a great day here at the practice on Park Road at Woonona,” says Mark. “Everything is free except for the food. We just ask that if you’re thinking of coming you sign up for free tickets on our Facebook page. We need a rough idea of numbers so we can be sure nobody goes hungry.”
In the meantime, Village Practice will continue to unite the community in the name of health, education and friendship.
“We want our practice to be a place where the community comes together, where people learn skills that will improve their health and wellbeing, and while they’re doing it, they can meet their neighbours and other like-minded people.”