Spritely seniors celebrate Xmas

2018-12-18 06:00
United Seniors Grassy Park hosted a special Christmas lunch at the Grassy Park Civic Centre on Thursday 13 December.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

United Seniors Grassy Park hosted a special Christmas lunch at the Grassy Park Civic Centre on Thursday 13 December.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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More than 100 senior citizens packed into the Grassy Park Civic Centre on Thursday 13 December for their annual Christmas lunch, hosted by United Seniors Grassy Park.

Chairperson for the organisation, John Jethro, says the group of senior citizens have come on in leaps and bounds this year, despite suffering a few untimely losses with the passing of a few members throughout the year.

“The team spirit has been excellent. We were prosperous in generating a lot of funds. We also went away to Goudini Spa and we had a tour around the Peninsula and had various functions,” he says.

The group meets every Thursday at 10:00 and Jethro has extended an open invitation to active senior citizens over the age of 60 in the greater Grassy Park area to join.

“The United Seniors is open to all seniors in Grassy Park. Those in Lotus River who don’t belong to a senior group, they can come on a Thursday morning from next year at the Civic Centre at 10:00,” says Jethro.

He adds that the group raises funds throughout the year through various avenues.

“They (seniors) are able to come to the club and enjoy themselves in dancing, exercising or doing some hobby that we can put on display and eventually perform at community events, while also selling the handmade goodies at market days which are made by our seniors,” says Jethro.

The group of seniors has been in existence for the last eight years and Jethro says they have only reached the tip of the iceberg, because he believes there are many more seniors in the area who are available and able to join them.

“We also knit [and do] sewing. We do athletics and take part in the Cape Town sports, Western Province sports and South African sports for seniors.

“My heart’s desire is to see double the amount of people, because Grassy Park has a lot of seniors. We are only touching the tip of the iceberg in terms of seniors,” he says.

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