As I have become more involved with U3APP, one of the most common comments I’ve heard is “I don’t know what I would do without U3APP”.
Seniors Week made me reflect that as we grow older and wiser, we realise the importance of not only lifelong learning, but how social interaction is paramount to maintaining mental health and wellbeing. I love the buzz in the Mary Kehoe Centre when everyone is coming and going, chatting with friends, meeting new people and enjoying the stimulation offered by the wonderful knowledgeable tutors.
The recent Seniors Festival is a good example of an activity in my CoM role as Events Coordinator.
The City of Port Phillip’s Seniors Festival offered a diverse program of music, dance, workshops, discussion groups, sport and tours, all of which were very well attended.
We have so many talented people in U3APP who contributed to some of these activities. The Art Exhibition in the Mary Kehoe Hall could get no greater compliment than to be admired by people who then asked if the work was for sale – congratulations to all our artists and tutors!
Multicultural Dance – Hoppa Hey, which is always so much fun, had many visitors attend and join in the traditional dances from various countries. Much needed refreshments at the end of the session were welcomed by hot, tired participants.
Finally, the Art and Music Showcase was a full house! The Ukulele group began, playing and singing a number of songs together with cheerful audience participation. The Male Choir, which is becoming well-known in the community, provided an uplifting and varied repertoire. The talented All Sorts played dance and love songs, classic and ragtime pieces, while the Recorder group played a variety of pieces including the Ukrainian National Anthem. Refreshments were served throughout the afternoon. Congratulations to all the musicians and singers and a special thanks to Margo for being the MC for the afternoon.