Striking fun for Bay area seniors
Local club receives grant to organize year-long programs
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
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.