Seniors Festival event: celebrating vibrant lives

Cultural performances will be the centrepiece of Hume City Council’s Seniors Festival event, to be held in the heart of Dallas on Friday 16 October 2015.

Mature-aged residents from across Hume are encouraged to attend the special day, which will run from 10.30am until 2.30pm, at the Lynda Blundell Senior Citizens Centre at 185 Blair Street.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said Council had planned an exciting occasion.

“Many senior citizens have contributed significantly to the life of the community, and Hume’s Seniors Festival event enables us to give a little something back,” Cr Atmaca said.

“We’ve organised an array of performances that demonstrate some of the cultures which thrive in Hume, and there will be plenty of live music too.

“All attendees will be welcome to enjoy a delicious lunch, and the whole event is completely free.”

Hume is home to people from across the world, with more than two in five residents able to speak a language other than English.

Cr Atmaca said the Seniors Festival event would celebrate the journeys that people have taken across their lives.

“Our residents come from more than 166 different countries and we are keen to pay tribute to the people who have enriched our community,” he said.

“More than 25,000 Hume residents are aged over 60, and they have worked hard throughout their lives to, in many cases, raise a family, volunteer for community organisations, and help others in times of need.

“Senior citizens offer so much wisdom and experience to all of us, and we want to honour the active roles they continue to play across the municipality.”

The Victorian Seniors Festival is held every year in October, and it has taken place for 33 years.

Cr Atmaca said the event in Dallas would build on a variety of programs which Hume City Council offered senior citizens through its leisure centres.

“Hume’s senior citizens have the chance to take part in activities right throughout the year, and our leisure centres offer excursions, water exercise, and even trips to the theatre,” he said.

“Our local senior citizens are very active and that’s evident by the number of seniors’ clubs which exist, from Sunbury to Campbellfield and from Broadmeadows to Greenvale.

“More than 50 separate groups operate in Hume, and some coordinate activities like bowls, bocce, and dancing, so that mature-aged people can live life to the full.

“Senior citizens help to make our community a better place, and they are a part of the heart and soul of Hume.”

People who would like to attend Hume’s free Seniors Festival event do not need to book.

For further information, call Hume City Council on 03 9205 2200 or visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 4 September 2015

Updated : 1:20 PM, 9 September 2015

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