Ready, steady, flash mob

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By GILL AL­COCK

The world’s old­est flash mob is look­ing for mo­bil­ity aids for some of its lead dancers.

The mob took down­town Auck­land by storm on Au­gust 9 and has about 80 Wai­heke Is­land mem­bers aged 65 to 95.

Its aim is to help re­duce the stigma of age­ing through en­ter­tain­ment.

Or­gan­iser Bil­lie Jor­dan says like all dance groups, it needs a range of equip­ment to help de­liver a per­for­mance.

‘‘But in­stead of glam­orous cos­tumes and dance shoes, we need Zim­mer frames and wheel­chairs.

‘‘Due to their age, some of our more se­nior hip-hop dancers need the sup­port of a mo­bil­ity aid to en­sure they can dance safely in pub­lic with­out the risk of be­ing ac­ci­dently knocked over by the other dancers.’’

The mob needs two Zim­mer frames with hand­brakes, two wheel­chairs, one large white­board with a stand and blank sheets of A3-sized card­board.

‘‘Busi­nesses or or­gan­i­sa­tions may like to con­sider do­nat­ing a Zim­mer frame, wheel­chair or the white­board and dec­o­rate them with their com­pany logo. The mo­bil­ity aids in par­tic­u­lar will get a lot of pub­lic at­ten­tion,’’ Ms Jor­dan says.

Af­ter its down­town shop­ping cen­tre de­but, the group con­tin­ues to meet to prac­tise rou­tines ready for fu­ture flash mob op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Ms Jor­dan says: ‘‘A lot of peo­ple au­to­mat­i­cally pre­sume that just be­cause you’re a se­nior ci­ti­zen you don’t like do­ing any ac­tiv­ity that is sup­pos­edly out­side of your com­fort zone. Our aim is to ad­dress those mis­per­cep­tions and prej­u­dices in a light­hearted and en­ter­tain­ing way.’’

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour to see the world’s old­est flash mob in ac­tion.

Help wanted: The world’s old­est flash mob is look­ing for Zim­mer frames for its per­form­ers.

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