Record for 90th birthdays
IT'S a big deal when one person turns 90, but when more than a dozen people in the same group hit that milestone, it's a different matter entirely.
Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre congratulated 13 of its members who will hit that milestone this year, in a celebration during last month's NSW Seniors' Week.
The centre's president Sue Wickham said while the milestone was something they celebrated every Seniors' Week, this year was something special.
"That was a record for us," Ms Wickham said.
"We usually only get up to six or so."
Ms Wickham said many of these members appeared surprisingly energetic for their age. She attributed this largely to the many activities on offer at the centre.
"It's to do with the availability of activities we've got here," she said.
Ms Wickham said keeping fit into your mature years was crucial.
"Of the people turning 90, three of them are still doing new vogue dancing," she said.
"Others play table tennis.
"We just have so many activities."
During NSW Seniors Week, the centre held a morning tea for the nonagenarians and their friends, along with four members who turned 90 last year.
The members who turned 90 included Laurada Walton, Gwen Wallace, Kelvin Lloyd, Ellen Lythgoe, Doris Eldridge, Herb Bell, Mostyn Pugh, Tom Kirkham, Gwen Jauncey, Doreen Hynd, Patricia Gundrum and Peggy Lowe.
The 13th member being celebrated, who was unable to attend, was Leo Flynn.
Ms Wickham said those members who will hit the big 90 this year were granted life membership to the centre.
She said while celebrating the milestone was no new thing at the centre, the recent Seniors Week celebrations attracted quite the crowd.
On top of taking advantage of NSW Seniors Week, the centre's members will also enjoy Queensland's Seniors Week events in August.
The Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre has a full program of activities, seven days a week.
Activities include mah jong, tai chi, bingo, exercises, ballroom dancing, choir, table tennis, rock n roll, yoga, bowls, monthly bus trips and more.
For more information about the centre, visit 2 Gerrard St, Coolangatta, phone 07 5536 4050 or go to coolangattaseniors.com.au.