Gen­er­ous Sheela

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

Is this Perth’s old­est vol­un­teer? Sheela Rud­man is 104, and still help­ing out at Harold Hawthorne Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, which is cel­e­brat­ing a mile­stone of its own on Wed­nes­day.

WE’VE heard it be­fore: ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion is key to a healthy and happy life.

No one en­com­passes this more than 104-year-old Lath­lain res­i­dent Shee­lah Rud­man who has a glass of wine ev­ery night and still does weight train­ing.

Mrs Rud­man also vol­un­teers each week at the Harold Hawthorne Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and has done for the past 47 years.

With the cen­tre cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary this week, Mrs Rud­man has ded­i­cated her time to the cen­tre for al­most as long as it’s been open.

She got in­volved with the cen­tre as part of a craft group who would knit and cro­chet coathanger cov­ers, scarves and pot hold­ers.

Be­com­ing a vol­un­teer at the cen­tre gave Mrs Rud­man the feel­ing of be­ing “use­ful” and she en­joys so­cial­is­ing with other lo­cals.

Hav­ing been raised in Vic­to­ria Park, Mrs Rud­man moved to Lath­lain in 1970 and lives with her daugh­ter Bar­bara, who also vol­un­teers at the cen­tre.

Mrs Rud­man said she at­trib­uted her long life to keep­ing phys­i­cally and men­tally ac­tive.

“I walk two to three times a day down my laneway and I also use 1kg dumb­bells four times a day to build strength in my arms,” she said.

As sharp as a tack, Mrs Rud­man also joked that “good genes and ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion” helped her reach the ripe old age of 104, while also hav­ing one glass of wine a night.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486923

Shee­lah Rud­man (104) has been a vol­un­teer at the Harold Hawthorne Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Carlisle for 47 years.

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