The Free Press (Corowa)

Festival’s massive success

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Federation Council’s ‘2021 Festival of Fun for Seniors’ was a massive success, evidenced by the smiles on the faces of those who attended events over the fortnight.

Nearly 500 council senior residents attended one or two of the four events that offered a selection of health and physical, arts and culture, and social activities.

The festival began with 140 guests getting their ‘disco’ on with Paul Vituello at ClubMulwal­a’s Stayin’ Alive with CPR. Guest speaker, Catherine Stanley with “Annie” and “Baby” CPR dummies brought home the importance of knowing CPR and how to correctly use a defibrilla­tor on both the young and the old. Each guest received a wallet CPR card as a reminder of this life-saving skill.

As guests enjoyed a two-course meal Fiona Kleinitz, an ambassador for the Australian Stroke Foundation and Rutherglen residents, took the audience on a personal journey of having a stroke in her thirties, and gave insight into the risk factors, signs of stroke and importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Lorna Nixon was the lucky winner of the accommodat­ion package at ClubMulwal­a’s Resort and guest speakers, Catherine Stanley and Fiona Kleinitz were gifted a $25 voucher for their time. All thanks to the generous sponsorshi­p of ClubMulwal­a.

Savernake may be the new fashion capital of the Federation Council region after last Wednesday. Eighty guests watched high-end Ageing Well models Jenny Coco Chanel aka Jenny Enever, Liz Louis Vuitton aka Liz Seeliger, Wendy Vivienne Westwood aka Wendy Eyers, Yvonne Saint Laurent aka Yvonne Perrin, Ida Joyce aka Ida Mensforth, along with Kirsty Kardashian aka Kirsty Crockett and Stella McCartney aka Stella Fox strut their stuff their op shop ennobles on the catwalk at the Savernake School of the Arts Hall.

The Federation Fashion Parade was all about fun, fashion and friendship and this was delivered with Councillor Bronwyn Thomas who was MC for the event and the Savernake

Hall Committee dishing up a scrumptiou­s morning tea of scones, slices and sandwiches.

Guest speaker, Sally Hughes of Corowa and District Boomerang Bags enlightene­d the crowd about the importance of staying social and volunteeri­ng within the community.

The best dressed competitio­n was won by Judith Barber of Howlong and Yvonne Dale of Urana. Prizes were donated by Yvonne and

Garry Perrin, Corowa and District Boomerang Bags, Studio Alyssum Florist, and Clover and Co Collective Dog Accessorie­s.

On Sunday Cann’s Bus Lines, who provided the transport for the festival, chauffeure­d 150 guests to the Ageing Well Lunch at Paradise Palladium Theatre, in Morundah. Members of Council’s Ageing Well Committee, Jenny Enever, Mike Gardiner, Yvonne Perrin and Liz Seeliger showed their many talents as they recited their favourite poems followed by a special original poem from Mayor, Pat Bourke.

A digital screening of the Department of Communitie­s and Justice Art of Ageing Exhibition was on loop as guests enjoyed a rack of lamb, and a selection of desserts prepared and served by the Morundah Hotel. Each guest took home a promotiona­l magnifying bookmark from the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW. A sighting of two family of emus on the plains between Urana and Morundah added to the special day.

Filial Piety is a Chinese celebratio­n that pays honour and respect to their seniors, and the final Festival of Fun for seniors event did just that at the Howlong Golf Resort. Participan­ts found their inner Zen as they were led through a group demonstrat­ion of Tai Chi by Helen Jobson of Riverina Tai Chi and Qigong, and enjoyed the Chinese banquet prepared and served by Jenny from Szeto Asian Kitchen.

Ageing Well member, Jenny Enever who lived in China for many years, gave the day a special touch by providing a cultural music and photo experience. The 110 guests each took home a gift bag from Federation Council.

Council wishes to thank ClubMulwal­a for sponsoring the Stayin’ Alive with CPR event, along with the Ageing Well Committee members, guest speakers, committees and businesses that supported the 2021 festival.

The Festival of Fun for Seniors is part of the NSW Seniors Festival and celebrates the role seniors play and the contributi­ons they make to the Federation Council and their communitie­s.

 ??  ?? Mulwala resident Liz Seeliger, Cr Gail Law of Federation Council, Corowa resident Frank McKenna and Corowa Health Nurse Catherine Stanley with CPR dummy ‘Annie’ at ClubMulwal­a as part of the Federation Council’s Festival of Fun for Seniors.
Mulwala resident Liz Seeliger, Cr Gail Law of Federation Council, Corowa resident Frank McKenna and Corowa Health Nurse Catherine Stanley with CPR dummy ‘Annie’ at ClubMulwal­a as part of the Federation Council’s Festival of Fun for Seniors.

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