Celebrating seniority- NSW Seniors Week 2015


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By Vish Viswanathan

Indian seniors demonstrate their hidden talents at Senior Week events

NSW Seniors Week is promoted by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), and is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern hemisphere that recognises seniors for the role they play and the contributions they make to the NSW community. Seniors Week is held annually every March, with government, community and commercial organisations supporting hundreds of events, encompassing art, sport, music, entertainment, technology, recreation and health. NSW Seniors Week 2015 was held between March 14 to 22 across a range of venues within the state. The theme for this year was ‘Be Inspired’ and was about encouraging greater effort with a focus on activities that celebrate self-expression. In line with the above theme, seniors from various Indian community organisations in Sydney conducted cultural programs, workshops and information seminars. Here is a synopsis of these events.
Indian Seniors Group (ISG) Hornsby
Organised a day-long celebration on March 15, at the Leisure and Learning Centre in Epping. More than 100 community members participated in the Senior Day celebrations, which included a variety of activities such as digital technology presentations, a lecture on Euthanasia, laughter yoga and cultural performances by both, young children and seniors. ISG presented awards to Mala Mehta and Shobha Ingleshwar for their contributions to the causes of Indian seniors. Mr. Sunjay Sudhir, Consul General of India; and Matt Kean, Member of Parliament NSW, congratulated ISG for organising the event and supporting Indian seniors through many spirited activities

United Indian Association (UIA) conducted a half-day event at Wentworthville Community Centre on March 22, which included a talk on seniors issues presented by Dave Passi, Secretary UIA. In
addition to a range of cultural performances, there was a presentation on a co-operative living concept called ‘Jeevan Dhara’ which isAustralia’s first Indian food and health based living community located in Melbourne. The retirement community offers the financially independent a retirement lifestyle of comfort, enjoyment, health and convenient services, at lower prices. Visit www.jeevandhara.com.au for more information. Mr. David Elliott MP, Chief Guest of the event congratulated UIA and Mr Dave Passi for winning the Senior Award, presented by the NSW Government.

Sri Om Foundation (Sri Om Care) organised their Seniors Week celebrations at Auburn Town Hall on March 21, with over 500 people attending the day-long event. A number of cultural performances of music and dance items by Indian seniors and by other ethnic communities added a touch of multicultural tradition to the proceedings. Mr Craig Lundy, Federal MP attended the event as chief guest. Sri Om Care launched a new program 24×7 Nursing Care for the benefit of Indian seniors and with the flexibility to offer individual care packages to meet changing needs. For more information contact Swetha Sharma on 0405 367 268.

Although it is very encouraging to note that many Indian organisations in NSW are working tirelessly and with lot of vigour for the benefit of growing numbers of seniors from the community, it remains to be seen how the NSW Government would support and fund such projects, going forward.

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