By Monique Jones for Eventgroove
Raymond Terrace Senior Citizens, Inc. had their Seniors Week Raffle the 15th of March as a part of their Seniors Week Luncheon. The organisation, which is part of the Port Stephens community in New South Wales, held the luncheon and raffle as part of NSW’s state-wide Seniors Week celebrations.
NSW’s Seniors Week, which lasts from the 15th of March to the 23rd of March, is an annual celebration held by the NSW government along with other commercial and community organisations. The week-long celebration, which turned 56 years old this year, offers free or discounted events, such as art workshops, film and food festivals, concerts and other music events, theatre, and dances. There are also many health events, such as exercise classes and tons of activities promoting health, fitness, and self-reliance. The events give seniors the chance to get recgonised for their community involvement, focus on their independence, and gain a more active and healthier lifestyle.
The theme for this year’s Seniors Week is “Live Life!” and encourages participants to celebrate life, personal achievements, and community engagement. This special week was created by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), which brings services to some of NSW’s most disadvantaged citizens. Over 800,000 people in NSW, including homeless families, children and young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, individuals suffering from disabilities and their families, and older people, depend on the FACS for services through their programs. The FACS also offers the elderly Senior Cards which offers members access to NSW Government transport concessions, travel and business discounts, book discounts, and more. The organisation also offers an Ageing Strategy for those hoping to keep their quality of life exemplary as they move into the next phase of their lives.
Raymond Terrace Senior Citizens Inc.’s raffle was a big part of NSW’s celebration of its seniors by offering many prizes for its members. There were four prize packs with the total value equaling $900.
Sue Latimer, secretary of the club, told Eventgroove how popular the raffle and luncheon was, saying in particular how the club had to reorder more tickets to match demand. “In all, we had 3,500 tickets,” she said, adding that they sold most of the order. “I believe the professional looking tickets prompted more people to buy them,” she said.