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Our seniors to celebrate Queensland Seniors Week

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The Unity Drummers preparing for 2020 Seniors Celebrate – Let's Reconnect at the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens Wednesday 19 August.

Mature residents around the Bundaberg region will be able to enjoy several celebrations during Queensland Seniors Week (15 to 23 August), at Gin Gin, Bundaberg and Childers.

Each event will be held with a COVID safe plan and will be a great opportunity for our mature residents to re-connect, as restrictions ease.

Gin Gin will be holding a pop-up morning tea on Tuesday 18 August, as part of Queensland Seniors Week, at the Gin Gin Streetscape Park, opposite the Lifeline Shop.

There’ll be free tea, coffee and cake and no bookings are needed.

On Wednesday 19 August the “2020 Seniors Celebrate – Let’s Reconnect” day will be held from 10am til 2pm at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, as part of Queensland Seniors Week.

Council’s Community Services portfolio spokesperson, Cr Tracey McPhee, said it would be a great way for seniors to get out and reconnect.

“A number of activities and entertainment will be on offer including workshops and activities for seniors”, Cr McPhee said.

“They’ll be able to have free rides on the Australian Sugar Cane Railway, listen to Rod Bryant play fabulous music, go on a tour of the Botanic Gardens, enjoy the Orpheus Quartet singers and relive some great Australian driving history with the Early Holden Club and hot rod displays”.

“They can also learn some new skills and join in the fun with the Unity Drummers, Bundy Flukes ukulele group, Tai Chi and the Men’s Shed, as well as a special art project.

“There’ll be free tea, coffee and water, with food available to be purchased from Café 1928.”

Cynthia Hoogstraten from Unity Drummers said they were looking forward to being part of the day for Seniors to see what is available in their region and stay engaged.

“The Botanic Gardens is a superb venue to showcase the varied groups and activities one can be involved in,” Cynthia said.

“Unity Drummers Inc. will be beating their drums in the Gardens and we invite the community to say hello and to ask questions about our weekly circles.

“Any ability can join in. We will also be introducing the community to a marked Labyrinth on the grass for participants to walk with their desired intention, which could be for fun and exercise.

“Now more than ever Seniors are reminded to take care of their health and well-being. 

“Isolating at home often creates a disconnection from friends and the community.

“Being aware of a COVID safe plan still gives the opportunity to take part in healthy activities, by enjoying the outdoors and staying engaged. 

“The brain still needs exercise and a reminder, ‘if you don't use it, you lose it’.”

On Friday 21 August it’s Childers turn, with a free morning tea at the Isis Club. There’ll be fresh coffee and cake provided by the Isis Club, fun and entertainment. RSVPs are needed for catering by Wednesday phoning 4130 4690.

“We’re really looking forward to celebrating Queensland Seniors Week in the Bundaberg region and hoping that people will spread the word and share with their network, friends and family,” Cr McPhee said.

To find out more about Seniors Week events visit the website or phone Council’s Community Development team on 4130 4150.

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