Looking for adventure? Hume’s seniors have found it!

Senior citizens from across Hume continue to demonstrate their adventurous spirits, Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said today.

Cr Patsikatheodorou made the comment after she inspected the 2016 active ageing program, which was coordinated by Hume City Council’s leisure centres.

“The senior citizens who take part in Hume’s active ageing adventures really know how to have a terrific time,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Every month, many of our residents travel to a place that offers something fantastic, and the excursion usually includes a two-course lunch.

“Earlier in the year, active ageing participants travelled to the Yarra Valley for a guided tour of the beautiful Coombe Cottage and the stunning gardens of the Melba estate.

“On another occasion, our seniors journeyed down to Rye where they enjoyed a great lunch at the local RSL, and inspected rows of strawberries at a farm in Main Ridge.

“These days are fun-filled, and offer a chance for senior citizens to get to know others from their local neighbourhood.”

Hume City Council has planned excursions for the rest of 2016, through which attendees will:

• visit the Yan Yean Reservoir, an historic courthouse at Whittlesea, and a fascinating cheese factory;
• tour Shepparton, and stop at a cake and apple factory, as well as the Ardmona fruit warehouse;
• board a train to explore the Victorian goldfields, and tour via bus through the township of Maldon;
• cruise along the Goulburn River and taste some fine wines at Chateau Tahbilk; and
• visit Silvan Reservoir Park and a farm that grows trees which are filled with delicious cherries.

Hume’s active ageing program includes trips to the theatre, which are organised in response to the interests of participants.

Activities for senior citizens also take place within Hume’s leisure centres at Craigieburn, Sunbury and Broadmeadows.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the sessions enabled people to keep fit.

“Carpet bowls is one of our indoor activities, and it is played by people who love a little healthy competition,” she said.

“Council’s staff members also coordinate water and chair-based exercises, as well as Zumba and yoga.

“And the Crafty Sisters sessions in Broadmeadows assist people to sew or knit items for those less fortunate, and everyone is welcome to be part of these friendly catch-ups.”

For further information on the active ageing program, including details about fees, visit here or pop into one of the following Hume leisure centres:

• Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre, 41-85 Tanderrum Way, Broadmeadows
• Craigieburn Leisure Centre, 127-147 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn
• Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre, 20 Ligar Street, Sunbury

Posted on 12:00 AM, 12 May 2016

Updated : 11:11 AM, 12 May 2016

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