There will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate Queenslanders of all ages this Queensland Seniors Week, with more than 800 events and activities being held around the state.
Launching Queensland Seniors Week today (18 August), Minister for Seniors Coralee O’Rourke said the hardworking seniors of Queensland deserved a special week of their own to recognise their contribution to our wonderful state and celebrate their achievements.
“This week is all about our seniors, who have contributed to Queensland’s thriving communities for the entirety of their lives,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“Through Queensland Seniors Week, which is delivered through our partnership with COTA Queensland, we are able to provide older Queenslanders with the opportunity to explore programs and services, events and activities and connect with people of all ages and backgrounds.
“I am pleased to say the Palaszczuk Government provided $100,000 funding for more than 100 events through our Seniors Week subsidies.”
With more than 800 events and activities across Queensland over the next eight days, seniors are spoilt for choice to join in the fun.
COTA Queensland chief executive Mark Tucker-Evans said the range of events and activities held across the state during Seniors Week recognised that not all older people are the same.
“A wide range of organisations stage the activities to recognise and acknowledge the importance of older people in their communities including Mayoral morning teas and awards hosted by local councils,” he said.
“Simply, it’s about connecting people of all ages and backgrounds, challenging the stereotypes associated with ageing, and assisting to reduce social isolation.”
Mrs O’Rourke highlighted a number of major events held during the week, including the Seniors Ballet Class with world famous ballet dancer and Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director Li Cunxin.
“The Seniors Ballet Class on Sunday 26 August is just one of the many exciting events being held across Queensland over the next eight days,” she said.
“In addition to these events, landmarks across Queensland will be lit in various colours including purple, pink, gold and maroon to celebrate Seniors Week including Brisbane City Hall (19 August), Sandgate Town Hall (18 – 24 August), Story and Victoria Bridges (20 – 21 August), Townsville bridge and sign (21 - 23 August) and Cairns Reef Casino (18 - 26 August).
“I encourage everyone to embrace the Queensland Seniors Week theme of Celebrating a Queensland for All Ages and get out and enjoy everything that Seniors Week has to offer.”
For more information about Queensland Seniors Week, visit www.qldseniorsweek.org.au.
Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors
The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke