Ready, steady, flash mob
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 news.co.nz 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.