Se­niors’ grants go to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

Four com­mu­nity se­niors’ groups in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion have each re­ceived $ 2,500 grants from the provin­cial gov­ern­ment’s Se­niors Com­mu­nity Recre­ation Grant pro­gram.

• Vic­to­ria Ever­green 50-plus Club will use its money to set up a meet­ing place, healthy liv­ing and ex­er­cise pro­grams, and in­door ac­tiv­i­ties for its se­niors.

• Hant’s Har­bour Recre­ation will put its grant into or­ga­niz­ing a walk­ing pro­gram and in­door/out­door ac­tiv­i­ties for se­niors in that Trin­ity South town.

• Up­per Is­land Cove Recre­ation Cen­tre will or­ga­nize se­niors’ din­ners and dances, fit­ness classes, and healthy liv­ing classes and ac­tiv­i­ties.

• Win­ter­ton Recre­ation Com­mis­sion plans to use its share of the wealth to or­ga­nize phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and healthy liv­ing pro­grams, and pur­chase ex­er­cise equip­ment.

The lo­cal groups were among 70 or­ga­ni­za­tions in com­mu­ni­ties around the province who will be able to take ad­van­tage of more phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and recre­ation with the help of over $ 178,000 in tax­pay­ers’ money be­ing spent on recre­ation pro­gram­ming for se­niors.

In an­nounc­ing the pro­gram in Con­cep­tion Bay South on Aug. 24, Tourism, Cul­ture and Recre­ation Min­is­ter, Terry French said: “One of the main goals of the provin­cial gov­ern­ment’s recre­ation and sport strat­egy, Ac­tive, Healthy New­found­land and Labrador, is to in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion in recre­ation, sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity for all res­i­dents.

“ This pro­gram places par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on en­cour­ag­ing our se­nior res­i­dents to be more phys­i­cally ac­tive and pro­vides them with in­creased op­por­tu­ni­ties to be­come en­gaged in their com­mu­ni­ties, help­ing their over­all well­be­ing,” said the CBS MHA.

The pro­gram is be­ing de­liv­ered with the Depart­ment of Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, as part of its Healthy Ag­ing Pol­icy Frame­work.

Min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy stated: “ Our gov­ern­ment rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of pro­mot­ing healthy, ac­tive life­styles for all our res­i­dents. By pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for so­cial­iza­tion and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties that fo­cus on well­ness and pre­ven­tion,” Kennedy, who is also the min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for ag­ing and se­niors, con­cluded, “ we help our se­niors main­tain health and in­de­pen­dence.”

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