STO­RIES FROM TOWN

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THE Charleville way of life has been doc­u­mented in the newly re­leased Why I Live

Where I Live, a lo­cally pro­duced book which tells the story of res­i­dents’ unique con­nec­tions to this part of the world.

An ini­tia­tive of the South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice’s Healthy Age­ing pro­gram, the lat­est edi­tion of Why I Live Where I Live was col­lated by re­tired Charleville so­cial worker Irene Frances and Healthy Age­ing co-or­di­na­tor Deb Alick.

Ms Alick said the pub­li­ca­tion’s sto­ries came from 12 Healthy Age­ing clients who had shared the highs and lows of their life ad­ven­tures and the di­verse rea­sons that an­chor them to brought and kept them in Charleville.

“There are so many amaz­ing sto­ries which need to be cel­e­brated and ac­knowl­edged,” Ms Alick said.

“Our clients have heav­ily con­trib­uted to the fab­ric of our com­mu­nity and, when you sit down and chat with them, you al­ways find out some­thing truly in­ter­est­ing about their lives.

“Of­ten our quiet achiev­ers have the great­est tales to tell and the book is also an op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tions they have made to so­ci­ety.”

The sto­ries in­side the metic­u­lously com­piled book in­clude the story of a per­son who com­peted in the fa­mous Ci­ty2Surf fun run twice in their 60s, a poet who has pub­lished three books, and anec­dotes from a well-trav­elled for­mer royal elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer.

Cap­tured within the book’s pages are the clients’ rea­sons for liv­ing in Charleville.

“Charleville means a lot to our clients,” Ms Alick said.

“It’s their home and this is just an­other con­tri­bu­tion they have made to pro­mote how great it is to live (here),” she said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

STORY TIME: Patty Jones and Deb Alick hold the new edi­tion of Why I Live Where I Live.

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