Finalist elders are champs

It does not matter how old you are, it’s a never-say-die attitude that counts if you really want to make a difference.

This was once again proven by the nominations received for this year’s People’s Post Spec-Savers Community Champions Elders Awards.

The finalists have been chosen. The oldest finalist in this year’s competition is only 91 years old.

Some of the projects through which these awesome elders are actively making a difference in society include a boxing club for the youth, knitting projects, feeding schemes and soup kitchens, an alien-hacking project and elderly people risking their lives in gang-infested suburbs.

This year’s finalists are:

Age category 70-80

. Sarah Daniels (77) from Bridgetown, Athlone

. Sheraaz Maarman (74) from Lavistown, Bishop Lavis

. Jo Maxwell (79) from Pinelands

Age category 80 and older

. Shelmerdene de Gersigny (83) from Rosebank

. Arnold Hendricks (83) from Steenberg

. Mavis Frew (91) from Durbanville

This year’s winners will be announced at a special high tea on 30 September, the day before International Older Persons Day.

V Look out for a feature on each of the finalists in People’s Post over the next six weeks after which we’ll give our readers a chance to vote for the People’s Choice winner.

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