By Brendan Rees
More than 150 people turned out to celebrate the opening of the Ageing Positively Festival Official with Aussie icon Dawn Fraser making a guest appearance at Lynbrook Community Centre.
Offering more than 100 events and activities to inspire, connect and entertain residents aged 55 and over, City of Casey Manager Connected Communities Jo Smale said the opening event, held on 2 October was a great success.
“Guests were treated to a talk by Australia’s greatest Olympian Dawn Fraser who spoke on the festival theme ‘healthy, active ageing’ and what it means to her.”
Dawn shared how she stayed active and involved with sporting and recreation pursuits with her grandson, and how she maintained a healthy, balanced diet.
Mr Smale said Ms Fraser also reminisced about the challenges she faced as an Olympic swimmer 50 years ago and spoke fondly of her role as mentor to the Australian Olympic Swimming team, in particular the Paralympic team.
“There were activities and performances for guests to enjoy including Zumba and self-defence and a range of health and well-being stallholders.
“The Ageing Positively Festival is running throughout October, so check out the program and join in the range of events and activities on offer aimed to inspire, connect and entertain residents aged 55 and over.”
Check out the full list of events during the Ageing Positively Festival at www.casey.vic.gov.au/ageingpositively or request a copy of the festival program from City of Casey.