Respite House hosts fifth day of Moree Seniors Festival

THE festivities and fun that are to be had at the Moree Seniors Festival seems to be endless, as the annual seniors’ celebration rolls into its fifth day at Respite House.

“The seniors will enjoy a morning tea and a game of bingo. Moree Secondary College hospitality students will then provide lunch,” Moree Aged and Disability Service executive officer Michelle Harrison said.

The Moree Seniors Festival kicked into swing last Sunday, with a church service and afternoon tea at Fairview. Festival goers were treated to a game of bingo and entertainment at Pius X hall on Monday, an author talk from Noel Braun at Moree Community Library on Tuesday and a lunch and naming of Moree Plains Shire Council’s Senior Citizen of the Year at the moree Services Club on Wednesday.

Close to 40 people turned out to the morning celebration at Respite House today, a consistent turnout over the years.

“We know that this is a popular week, so I was expecting a similar turnout to previous years,” said Michelle.

This year is a watershed moment for the NSW Seniors Festival, as it enters its 60th year. It is the largest festival for seniors in the southern hemisphere, attracting around 500,000 festival goers each round.

“This is a week to celebrate seniors and acknowledge the contributions they’ve made to society and the community throughout their lifetime,” Michelle said.

Mrs Betty Carter gave a Welcome to Country to launch the morning at Respite House.

Bingo-goer Elaine Simpson said she was a regular at the Moree Seniors Festival.

“I look forward to it every year. It’s great to get everyone together, especially those who have trouble getting around on their own.”

Elaine admitted she was keeping an eye on the bingo prizes, a range of toiletries, food and whatnots.

“The main thing is that everybody enjoys themselves,” she said.