The recent NSW Seniors Festival events in Bellingen Shire were a great success. Activities which took place in all parts of the Shire included a couples lunch at the Dorrigo Support Centre that attracted 26 people who came together to share memories of days gone by. Seniors in Urunga were given the opportunity to attend a ‘Computers for Seniors Day’ and a ‘Martial Arts Workshop’ both of which took place at the Urunga Neighbourhood Centre.
The Connect Engage Grow event which was held at North Beach Bowling Club was also a great success with over 100 seniors from around the Shire attending. After the Acknowledgment to Country and recognition of the contribution and passing of former Bellingen Shire Councillor and Mayor, Gordon Braithwaite, Deputy Mayor, Cr Desmae Harrison, spoke about the importance of sharing the wisdom and experience of seniors in our community. During this time the seniors enjoyed a morning tea of fruit and baked goods.
Entertainment was provided throughout the day by performers including Barbara Weaver and Sound Decision and the club ran a Bingo session during which time, you could hear a pin drop! A martial arts demonstration led by Marcel and Celso of the 2nd Dan Karate Union of Australia (KUA) had the seniors on their feet or lifting their arms in the air with some fantastic audience participation. Thank you to Marcel and Celso for running this session and encouraging everyone to stay active.
Guest speakers on the day included Robert Hoiles from the Department of Fair Trading who spoke about ‘Being Scam Aware’ and Deb Ryan from Community Care Options who spoke about the changes to Aged Care service delivery.
Many people made this day possible and Council extends its gratitude to the Bellingen and Urunga Neighbourhood Centres, the Royal Freemasons Benevolent Institution, Catholic Community Services, NSW Home Support Services and Community Care Options who all helped to support the day.
Thank you also to North Beach Bowling Club, Chans Chinese Restaurant and the Brunnekreefs for hosting and catering the day, the speakers and to everyone who came along, especially the nursing home staff of Bellorana and the Raleigh Masonic Village who made sure all their seniors had a great day.
Bellingen Shire Mayor, Cr Dominic King added his praise saying “it was wonderful that so many seniors from across the Shire came together to socialise and enjoy the food, entertainment and speakers”.