Life of ac­tive leisure


Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jill Burgess

MUR­RAY res­i­dent, phi­lan­thropist and Mur­ray Leisure Cen­tre mem­ber Wil­bur Gra­ham has hon­oured his com­mit­ment to mind and body, en­joy­ing his 2000th cen­tre visit in more than six years of mem­ber­ship.

Shire Pres­i­dent Ma­ree Reid, cen­tre mem­bers and staff gath­ered to com­mem­o­rate his achieve­ment at a morn­ing tea at the cen­tre.

Cr Reid said Mr Gra­ham’s daily ex­er­cise regime saw the cen­tre’s hy­drother­apy pool rip­ple with splashes and waves at 6am each day.

“Since join­ing the cen­tre in April 2011, to keep ac­tive and meet new peo­ple, Mr Gra­ham has ce­mented his pres­ence, be­com­ing a cen­tre gem loved by staff and fel­low pa­trons,’’ she said.

Mr Gra­ham’s pos­i­tiv­ity and charisma are fur­ther felt through­out the com­mu­nity through his vol­un­teer­ing ef­forts.

He has been a vol­un­teer for more than 12 years, help­ing as a math tu­tor for pupils at Pin­jarra Pri­mary School through their EdCon­nect pro­gram.

Mr Gra­ham swims daily to keep his body healthy and vis­its Pin­jarra Pri­mary School daily to keep his brain ac­tive and stay out of the nurs­ing home.

His goal was to reach his 2000th visit by his 83rd birth­day, which he cel­e­brated on the same day as the morn­ing tea.

Cr Reid said 2000 vis­its over six years was an al­most per­fect daily attendance record.

She said if keep­ing an ac­tive mind and body was the key to good health, longevity and main­tain­ing a pos­i­tive out­look on life, Mr Gra­ham was a shin­ing ex­am­ple and a true in­spi­ra­tion.

Mur­ray Leisure Cen­tre staff mem­ber Katie Den­ni­son cel­e­brates with Wil­bur Gra­ham.

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