Old school learn­ing new tech in Lai­d­ley

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Do­minic Elsome do­minic.elsome@gat­ton­star.com.au

SE­NIORS Week cel­e­bra­tions went old school in Lai­d­ley last week when the Ea­gle Rock Cafe hosted the Lai­d­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre’s Old School is Cool event.

More than 40 peo­ple en­joyed a day of live mu­sic, food and games, and Lai­d­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Man­ager Alana Wahl said ev­ery­one had a great day.

“It was great to see ev­ery­one get­ting up to dance and en­joy them­selves,” Ms Wahl said.

“Age was no bar­rier to hav­ing a good time to­day.”

Last Wed­nes­day was the third year the cen­tre has run the event and Ms Wahl thanked the cafe own­ers Gary and Denise Mor­ris for their con­tin­ued sup­port.

“We were re­ally happy that Gary and Denise of Ea­gle Rock Cafe agreed to do the event with us again this year – we couldn’t do it with­out them,” she said.

“They put a lot of their own time and ef­fort into mak­ing it a re­ally spe­cial day for the se­niors.”

Gary Mor­ris said the cafe en­joyed host­ing the event.

“It’s al­ways a plea­sure – it’s good to be part of the com­mu­nity,” Mr Mor­ris said.

Ex­plor­ing tech­nol­ogy was a ma­jor theme on the day, with se­niors being given as­sis­tance with their smart phones dur­ing the event.

Ms Wahl used the op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the com­mu­nity cen­tre’s Be Con­nected pro­gram that sup­ports se­niors in util­is­ing tech­nol­ogy which she said was vi­tal.

“Being on­line im­me­di­ately opens up the doors for se­niors to find out what ser­vices and events are avail­able to them,” she ex­plained.

“We don’t want any­one to be left be­hind with tech­nol­ogy as it will in­crease the chances of them being iso­lated and with­out sup­port.

“The sooner they start learn­ing the eas­ier they find it in the long run.”

PHOTO: DO­MINIC ELSOME

GROOVING: At­ten­dees hit the dance floor at the Ea­gle Rock Cafe.

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