The much anticipated SHARE’s annual event was held on Friday 29th July after almost three years of hiatus due to COVID with much fanfare to delight all at The Club York 95-99 York St, Sydney
How SHARE is Reconnecting Seniors this Christmas in July.
SHARE is proud to hold its Annual Christmas in July, this marks half year celebrations, the event gives SHARE supporters and in particular participants something different to look forward to, it promotes social connection, culture, encouragement and supports people to get out of their homes which is good for their body and mind.
COVID-19 restrictions impacted many families’ particularly older and vulnerable seniors in the community who continue to experience high levels of isolation, stress and loneliness as a result. This event is part of SHARE’s work in providing holistic care whilst empowering seniors to maintain good health, feel and look great with confidence.
With a sold out event many wore their loudest Christmas jumper, wrapped in bright coats to keep winter chill at bay joined for a Christmas cheer, the venue sparkled with plenty of festive decorations reminiscent of the white Christmas, and celebrations centred around a sumptuous feast, a three course traditional Christmas-themed feast with all the trimmings was served!
A visit from Santa certainly brought the room alive and everyone was swinging to favourite Christmas songs with live bush band along with many other Australian songs to sing along, dance , and some played instruments on the stage , Schools Kids from AP Performers in Hurstville entertained the audience and our own instructor Norma gave a quick demonstration of Zumba.
The event was attended by community leaders dignitaries and parliamentarians. Ms Peggy Giakoumelos from SBS News was the MC for the event.
SHARE participants were thrilled to have this event in the City and be with over 200 guests, “Christmas in July “gave them an opportunity to re-connect, re-engage, be inspired and enjoy friendship, laughter, make new friends and simply have fun and who could forget the race to win a raffle prize or two. People from various multicultural backgrounds joined in this celebration, food and dance remain a universal language – a way to overcome language barriers and boost social connection.
SHARE is an award winning and leading not-for-profit in the health promotion sector. It provides general well-being exercise, specialised and compassionate mental health programs for individuals and groups in our community through qualified instructors. Classes are conducted in non-threatening community settings and are flexible, targeted, caring and person centred for people over 55 to help them maintain their health and fitness levels so that they can enjoy all aspects of their life.
SHARE makes a real difference in people’s life, particularly to older and people living in isolation, feeling anxious or are suffering from depression.
SHARE’s slogan for 35 years has been “Move It OR Lose It”, SHARE encourages learn for life and is building healthier and stronger communities.
“We received many positive feedback and we feel our mission is accomplished said Adrian Prakash.