New event to honour seniors

THE Golden Oldies Fundraising Club and Algoa Bay Council for the Aged are partnering to arrange and host a new event called Senior Citizen of the Year.

In an effort to celebrate and give meaning to the lives of older people, it honours people 70 and older for the active role they still play in their communities.

“There are many amazing older persons out there who are doing great things in their communities and not being recognized for it,” ABCA public relations officer Alta van der Merwe said.

“We would appreciate all the help from the Port Elizabeth community to support us in our effort to say thank to the older people.

“We aim to use this event to educate younger people to make provision for – and to be active after – their retirement so that they will not become a burden to the state and so that they too may aspire to greatness.”

Van der Merwe said the focus would also be on bridging the gap between the youth and senior citizens. Prospective nominees must be 70 years or older and still be active in their respective communities.

“These are senior citizens who make a difference in the lives of others and who go above and beyond in all spheres in their communities,” said Van der Merwe.

The categories are:

Entertainment;

Sports;

Business, and

Community Involvement.

She said each of these categories would further be open to different age bands, from 70-80, 80-90 and 90-plus, with a special merit award category for those who had reached their centenary.

Nominations close on Saturday June 30.

For further information call Van der Merwe, (041) 368-8434, or fax (041) 368-8438, or e-mail: pro@abca.co.za. alternatively, contact Juanita Krauspe on (041) 503-4404 or 083-263-3200.

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