Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has urged seniors to take part in Seniors Week celebrations.
“Seniors Week encourages older people to lead active lifestyles — so I applaud the celebrations and activities being held by local organisations,” Mr Pitt said.
“I hope that by being a part of these events seniors will become better connected to their local community and form links with other people in their age group.
“Events include a multicultural celebration hosted by St Johns Community Care at Gordonvale from 10am until 2pm today where seniors will showcase their culture, traditional costumes and share a multicultural morning tea. There will also be information stalls on seniors services and entertainment by school children.
“A Positive Ageing Fair will be held on the Cairns Esplanade tomorrow from 9.30am until 2.30pm. The free fair includes 36 marquees showcasing unique services for seniors as well as food and entertainment.
“These are great activities and I encourage people of all ages to support them in an effort to promote positive attitudes towards older people and ageing, and to foster relationships between generations.
“However I am saddened that this year Sunbus has chosen not to provide free travel for seniors attending seniors week events as has been the case in the past.
Last week I met with senior Sunbus managers and hope that the situation can be rectified for next year’s Seniors Week celebrations
Mr Pitt said our older people have a lot to offer the community.
“I encourage seniors to join Queensland’s growing army of volunteers. We want seniors to get behind our volunteering efforts,” Mr Pitt said.
“Whether it’s helping out at the local hospital, working as a volunteer fire-fighter, or simply reach out to
someone in their time of need – volunteers can make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Seniors Week is about getting involved — call the Seniors Enquiries Line on 1300 135 500 for information about activities or visit the online calendar at www.communities.qld.gov.au