Club encourages healthy living

2019-05-21 06:00
Club members exercising together.PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

Club members exercising together.PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

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After realising there was a need for a seniors’ club to exercise and socialise together, Sandy Lentoor and Charmaine Theron launched the Fairy Seniors Club in Hanover Park.

Since opening four years ago, the club has become a second home for many seniors in the area.

According to Lentoor the idea to start a club was inspired by her late grandmother Johana Lindt, whom she says raised her very well.

She says the members of the club are a beautiful reminder of her grandmother.

“We meet to exercise because our bodies have physical needs and this helps us to maintain good health,” she says.

In order for them to buy some small groceries for when they meet, members make small financial contributions, but there have been good Samaritans who have made some contributions, for which they are grateful, she tells.

Members meet twice a week to exercise.

Theron says the training helps members to remain healthy. “Being part of this club makes me feel awesome. When we finish a day’s session I always look forward to the following one,” says Theron.

Two proud and energetic members of the club, Lillian Andrews (80) and Myrtle Hendricks (80), say they enjoy every moment of it. They have been with the club for more than three years and it has helped them to gain friends while remaining healthy.

“I enjoy being part of the club, I do not get lonely by sitting at home and waiting for my grandchildren to come back from school,” Hendricks explains.

The club has taken them on a number of trips and the one she remembers is when they once hopped onto a train to Fish Hoek.

“We got there, ate fish and then relaxed on the beach,” she boasts.

For Andrews, the club serves as a gym where she gets to stretch and revive her system regularly. “I was getting stiff and when I got here we exercised and felt better. We also do walks and outings to beautiful places like malls,” she explains.

Lentoor and Theron have great ideas and wishes for the club. One of their future wishes is to host an entertainment and Women’s Day event, but they say due to lack of funds they have not managed to set out a date for that. Their door is open to anyone who wishes to assist them in this regard.V For more information on how to get involved, call Sandy Lentoor on 073 935 4329.

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