It’s now officially Seniors Week in Gunnedah.
The week-long event was launched at the Smithurst Theatre on Monday by Gunnedah shire deputy mayor Gae Swain.
The morning tea was hosted by the Gunnedah Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association, with entertainment by Rex Baldwin and Val Williamson. Cr Swain presented age awards to a number of seniors.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all here today to officially open Seniors Week celebrations for 2018,” Cr Swain told the audience.
“I am honoured and it’s wonderful to see so many familiar faces out and about celebrating the seniors in our wonderful community.
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“Seniors Week is celebrating its 60th birthday this year in Australia – a milestone for many who have organised, participated in and celebrated the event in the past, and who will in to the future.”
Cr Swain said this year’s theme of ‘Let’s Do More Together’ is about “celebrating our seniors for their energy, experience and unique ability to know who they are and what makes them happy”.
“The week is not just for seniors – it’s about celebrating with our seniors and giving us and them the opportunity to “do more together”. Let’s not save it up for one week a year, let’s celebrate our seniors all year round,” she said.
“Seniors have a thirst for knowledge, a love of something, an interest in people and big hearts. No matter what your age, it’s never too late to grow, to learn, to laugh, to make new friends and to be inspired.”
Gunnedah Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association’s Myra Tailby, Jan Snow and Maureen Tudgey said Seniors Week provided a great opportunity for seniors to get out and about, socialise, and find out what services are available.