Seniors kick up the heels
COFFS Coast seniors sure know how to kick up their heels.
They gathered at Coffs Harbour's community village yesterday for celebrations which featured music, dancing and singing to kick off Seniors' Week 2007.
The Holiday Coast Bootscooters, Scottish country dancers and the Woolgoolga Day View Club choir kept the crowd thoroughly entertained, while a talk on India, a lifeball demonstration and sari tying also proved a hit.
The festivities would not have been complete without the presentation of awards to recognise the contribution of our older citizens in the community.
David Bone, who has been an active volunteer for the past 20 years, was named the Senior Citizen of the Year.
After he completed a pulmonary rehabilitation program at Coffs Harbour Health Campus in 2004, he developed the first respiratory support group for people with chronic respiratory disease.
He is a keen helper with St John Ambulance, where he provides first aid support at sporting events and assists with teaching CPR.
David has also volunteered for Coffs Harbour Coastal Patrol, Woolgoolga Seniors Expo and the Coffs Harbour Carer Information Day.
He is also a member of Coffs Harbour Rotary.
His gong was one of 12 awards presented on the day.
A special award went to the Rotary Club of Woolgoolga for their role in the development of a senior citizens' centre at Woolgoolga.
Seniors Week is packed full of activities including an exclusive screening of Wild Hogs at Birch Carroll and Coyle; a bus trip to Grafton; Woolgoolga senior citizens awards; visits to Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, Sawtell Croquet Club and the Pet Porpoise Pool, Coffs Coast trike rides, and a life ball 'give it a go' morning.
n In other news, Interrelate Family Centre in Coffs Harbour will run a free Being a Grandparent program at its Orlando Street headquarters on Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
"The Being a Grandparent seminar is an opportunity for grandparents to understand, strengthen and celebrate the important role they play in children's lives," Interrelate area manager, Norma Falconer, said.
For more information, contact the Interrelate office on 6651 1010.