Applications are now open for a share in $125,000 to hold events celebrating Queensland seniors.
Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt is calling on people in Far North Queensland to take advantage of the funding and get involved in Seniors Week 2012 (18 to 26 August).
“This funding is to help people run events next year to debunk common myths and stereotypes about ageing,” Mr Pitt said.
“It’s about getting people of all ages and all backgrounds celebrating our seniors and the vital role they play in our community.
“Seniors devote their time and energy, their compassion and wisdom, to helping others in the community, and many have also contributed to the workplace, the economy and raising families for decades.
“It’s so important we appreciate everything they do for us.
“Activities which may be funded include concerts, book launches, art and craft displays, expos, morning teas and achievement awards.”
Community Services Minister Karen Struthers said there was another day set aside to honour another group of seniors (and some not so senior) – grandparents – on the second annual Grandparents Day on Sunday 6 November.
“In 2010, Queensland was the first Australian state to officially celebrate Grandparents Day and this happened as a result of recommendations of our Positively Ageless strategy.
“The strategy, developed with help of seniors state-wide, outlines steps to ensure they have the support they need to lead healthy, happy and active lives.”
Ms Struthers said the strategy was also focussed on promoting positive images of ageing and the Seniors Week celebrations were a key part of this process.
“The State Government’s Positively Ageless strategy is so important to help us meet the needs of our older people.”
For more information about Seniors Week and 2012 funding, visit www.seniors.qld.gov.au or call the Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500.
Grant applications close on Monday 14 November 2011.