Strik­ing fun for Bay area se­niors

Lo­cal club re­ceives grant to or­ga­nize year-long pro­grams

Cape Breton Post - - Glace Bay/New Waterford & Area - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

A free se­niors pro­gram kick­ing off in Glace Bay has no bound­aries.

“What­ever they want to do is what we’ll be do­ing,” said Bobby Dono­van, trea­surer of the Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club.

Dono­van said the club ap­plied for and re­ceived an $18,000 grant from the fed­eral govern­ment’s New Hori­zons for Se­niors to run a lo­cal se­niors pro­gram for a year.

He said Glace Bay and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties have an older pop­u­la­tion and the club’s fo­cus is to serve the com­mu­nity where needed. He said club mem­bers felt there needed to be more go­ing on for se­niors.

“It’s to get se­niors out of the house and to get them in­volved.

“It is go­ing to cost our club just as much to run it as we got for a grant for the se­niors,” he said. “We will be or­ga­niz­ing things and pay­ing staff … and do­nat­ing the hall and pay­ing the heat and lights and other things for the pro­gram.”

Se­niors events will be­gin with free bowl­ing at the Y’s Men’s and Women’s Town Bowl­ing Lanes in Glace Bay on Fri­days from 12-2 p.m. All se­niors are wel­come.

He said they hope to have a group of 20-30 se­niors and then ex­pand the pro­gram.

He said they ex­pect to set up a dart room with a pool ta­ble and are plan­ning a com­puter course and bingo.

“There will be ex­er­cise and walk­ing classes and peo­ple brought in to speak on top­ics like el­der abuse and the Red Cross to do their blood pres­sure, sugar and things like that,” he said.

“We will be get­ting a new sound sys­tem and will have mu­sic, karaoke and dances.”

How­ever Dono­van said it will re­ally be the se­niors group it­self which will de­ter­mine what takes place.

“We will be get­ting se­niors in­volved in vol­un­teer­ing and run­ning pro­grams them­selves,” he said.

He said they will also be look­ing for com­mu­nity vol­un­teers to help with pro­grams.

He said it’s hoped peo­ple will come out for the bowl­ing Fri­day to help get things off the ground.

On Fri­day, coloured bowl­ing pins will be added and any­one

get­ting a strike on a coloured pin will win a small prize.

The club also plans to pur­chase three lap­tops for the com­puter classes and are hop­ing for com­put­ers to be do­nated.

Jeanette Mac­Don­ald, sec­re­tary of the Y’s Men’s and Women’s and one of the co-or­di­na­tors of the se­niors pro­gram, said they hope to have se­niors form a com­mit­tee to help out and vol­un­teer them­selves.

“That way the se­niors have full in­volve­ment of the plan­ning and the pro­cess­ing of ev­ery­thing that’s be­ing done.”

The Y’s Men’s Club has re­cently re­opened its chip wagon for the sea­son and has ex­panded the menu to in­clude ham­burg­ers.

Last year Dono­van said $6,000 raised from the chip wagon went to­wards help­ing those bat­tling breast can­cer.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the se­niors pro­gram or any other pro­grams at the club telephone 902-849-0279.

“It’s to get se­niors out of the house and to get them in­volved.”

Bobby Dono­van, trea­surer of the Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Jeanette Mac­Don­ald, sec­re­tary of the Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club, shows some of the coloured bowl­ing pins that will be used for the free bowl­ing pro­gram for se­niors at the Town Bowl­ing Lanes in Glace Bay.

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