A great va­ri­ety of events are held to mark Pos­i­tive Age­ing Week

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - FRONT PAGE - By SARA GA­HAN

A BUSY FEW DAYS has come to an end for Ark­low’s very suc­cess­ful Pos­i­tive Age­ing Week, which fo­cused on get­ting all gen­er­a­tions cel­e­brat­ing age­ing in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

For­mer TD and deputy leader of Fianna Fáil Mary O’Rourke and Min­is­ter for Health Si­mon Har­ris of­fi­cially launched the week at Star­bucks in Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre.

‘The weather was great all week for us and it was our most suc­cess­ful Age­ing Week so far,’ said club trea­surer Ger­tie Sal­ley.

The cel­e­bra­tion has grown year-by-year. Par­tic­i­pants en­joyed a week filled with a va­ri­ety of events, in­clud­ing a tea-dance, din­ner-dance, harvest thanks­giv­ing, cof­fee morn­ing, and a day out in Blan­chard­stown Shop­ping Cen­tre.

The cof­fee morn­ing was in aid of the Asthma So­ci­ety Ark­low and Care and Re­pair, and they raised €450 for the two lo­cal char­i­ties.

Ger­tie said they also had a great day out in Glendalough and held a foot­ball blitz with the National Schools in Ark­low, where a to­tal of 90 chil­dren played the game.

‘I just want to thank Ark­low Bank of Ire­land, Bridge­wa­ter and O’Ma­honey’s, who spon­sored us,’ said Ger­tie.

Cór na hAb­hainn (Choir of the River) at the Pos­i­tive Age­ing 10th an­niver­sary tea dance.

Rose McDon­ald, Annie Kee­gan and Ann Maguire.

Angela McDon­ald and Mau­reen Mol­loy.

Martin and Noreen Toomey and Cather­ine Doyle.

Maura McDon­ald and Sylvester and He­len Owens.

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