Showing the aged in a better light
WEEK OF EVENTS ARKLOW WAVES COUNTY WICKLOW FLAG FOR POSITIVE AGEING WEEK
HAVING been selected as one of just ten towns nationwide as a Positive Ageing Town, Arklow will host a large number of events in the coming days to create awareness of this important initiative.
With a dedicated committee in place to ensure the week runs smoothly, the week-long project has been very well received locally with many events competely booked up.
A combination of family, artistic and community events such as a historical boat trip, bowling, storytelling, coffee mornings, country markets, plant potting demonstrations, craft fair and table quizes have ensured that it has been a very active few days for those involved.
Having been launched by Age Action Ireland, Positive Ageing Week is designed to dispel negative attitudes towards older people and the ageing process.
Many exciting events have been co-ordinated to show the positive contribution that older people make to society and have proved very successful such as the national photographic competition which features images of older people enjoying many aspects of life which are taken by their peers.
The majority of activies planned for Arklow are free of charge which ensures that everyone who wants to get involved can do so easily.
At an official launch of the weeklong programme organisers said they were thrilled with the attendance and have noted a consistent interest and commitment to Positive Ageing Week.
They add that the highlight of the week is the penultimate Gala Dinner which takes place at the Arklow Bay Hotel on Sunday, October 5. Tickets cost ¤25 and are available at the venue or from any committee member.
Other events scheduled include: Wednesday October 1: Jewellery Workshop at Arklow Library, Sing Song at Ashling Nursing Home from 2p.m., 7p.m. Tea Dance at Marlborough Hall. Thursday, October 2:10a.m. Games for all at Youth Reach, 2p.m. Flower Arranging at Ballyraine, 8p.m. Table Quiz at The Old Ship. Friday, October 3: 10.30a.m. Coffee Morning at Arus Lorcain, 2p.m. Care and Repair launch at Arklow Bay Hotel, 9p.m. Sing Along at Gin Mill. Saturday, October 4: 10.30p.m. Country Market with raffle at Pigeon Club, 2p.m. Tour of Avoca Handweaver’s, Avoca, 9p.m. Sing Along at Corner House. Sunday October 5: 11.30a.m. Mass at Templerainey Church, 3p.m. Harvest Festival at St. Saviour’s Church.
For further details contact Jennifer Brennan at 086-1055747.
LITTLE DRUMMER BOY: MJ Cullen of the Arklow Pipe Band at the Positive Ageing Week launch.
Pat Fitzgerald, Pat Ewneey, Dep. Joe Behan and Tommy Annesley at the launch.