Senior’s Week 2024 events celebrated across our villages

Sonia Lim 25 Mar 2024
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NSW’s Senior’s Week Festival is a time to honour and celebrate the invaluable contributions of seniors to our communities. Across all RFBI villages, residents and staff came together to mark this special occasion with a week filled with joyous activities, meaningful interactions, and heartfelt celebrations.

In RFBI Lake Haven Masonic Village, residents were treated to a diverse array of activities designed to inspire creativity and foster connection. Art classes with local artist Donna who held a special Easter craft session, a bus outing to a local café and a lively concert with local entertainer Dave Batchaler were part of a busy schedule of events for the community’s residents.

Similarly, RFBI Tamworth Masonic Village embraced Senior’s Week with a series of engaging activities and heartwarming moments. A cake cutting ceremony marked the official opening of Senior’s Week, accompanied by the sharing of wisdom and advice from residents to younger generations. Residents and staff then participated in a unique Healing Hands activity, where they enjoyed photographing and guessing whose hands belonged to whom, fostering bonds and connections within the community.

One of the special occasions in Tamworth was the instilling of worldly advice shared from residents to local, visiting high school students. Resident advice for the next generation ranged from caring for others (Eileen encouraged “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) to taking opportunities when they arise (Joan encouraged “…get a good education and travel, as travel is the best education”) and everything in between.

RFBI Raleigh Urunga Masonic Village also spent some time sharing stories and knowledge with the younger generation, with students from Coffs Harbour High School popping in for a musical performance – their first one in front of a crowd!

Meanwhile, in RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village, residents were invited to a special lunch and music experience organised by the Bellingen Shire Council and held at Mylestom Bowling Club. The vibrant atmosphere and delicious Chinese meal provided the perfect backdrop for residents to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the spirit of Senior’s Week.

In RFBI Coffs Harbour Masonic Village, Senior’s Week was celebrated with a lively carnival held in the village’s wellness centre, featuring an array of games and activities for residents and their families to enjoy. From shooting practice and the popular duck pong game to putt-putt and axe throwing, residents enjoyed some friendly competition and camaraderie, creating cherished memories along the way.

In RFBI Armidale Masonic Village, residents kicked off Senior’s Week with a lively performance by local entertainer Pete Stanley. Laughter, dancing, and singing filled the air, and one of our residents even joined Pete for a bit of a sing-along.

As Senior’s Week comes to a close, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our residents for their wisdom, resilience, and enduring spirit, and to our team for facilitating these activities.

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