Support to keep seniors clubbing

2015-10-20 06:00
A modelling competition was recently held to raise money for a senior citizens club for Factreton, Kensington and Maitland community members.

A modelling competition was recently held to raise money for a senior citizens club for Factreton, Kensington and Maitland community members.

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Factreton and Kensington community members supported a recent fundraising event to keep a senior citizens’ club running in the area.

The event included a modelling competition. The Meals on Wheels Senior Club has about 47 members from Factreton, Kensington and Maitland. They meet three days a week at Shawco in Kensington where they do different activities to keep healthy and busy.

They have breakfast, lunch, prayers, exercises and crafts together. At times they hold wellness classes where their blood pressure is measured. Helpers come in to cut their nails and make sure they look clean and presentable.

The members also organise their own events and outings for a change of scenery.

The nine-year-old club has no regular income and depends on fundraising. The members have food stalls to make their own money for various activities, trips and events.

Soraya Alexander, Meals on Wheels secretary, says it’s very important to have this club. “Most of these elderly people suffer from chronic illnesses and coming here makes them happy. They exercise and eat healthily, so they don’t sit at home and get depressed. When they are here they get time to talk about their problems. Just to be with their peers is a health benefit. We really try by all means to keep them here because we have seen how happy they are. They feel like they are not alone,” she says.

Alexander asks the community to support them when they have fundraisers.

“This is where we get money, so we are appealing to the members of the community to back us up when we have such events. We are doing this for our old people, because we have seen how it makes them happy. It takes them away from the stresses that they have to deal with at home. They come together and can be themselves. They also have an opportunity to go and visit other areas and this is very important to us.

“Seeing them smiling and happy means a lot, so we are calling on the community to help us when we have such events to make it possible for our old people to do things close to their hearts.”

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