By : PP Halyna.
Fighting Ageism and helping older adults in Mosman and their carers to feel less ‘invisible’ and more valued by society through recognition and celebration of their stories.
The Idea In 2019 and again in 2020, Northern Beaches Council ran an ‘Art & Words’ project where they invited local artists and writers to create artworks and stories inspired by a theme to be included in an anthology book celebrating community creativity. The project is to
do a book anthology for the older adults and their carers who attend out Centre and from wider Mosman area with the theme “Remembering When: Celebrating lives lived to the full in Mosman”.
The book would include poems, stories and short life reflections from seniors remembering significant moments in their lives that took
place in or around Mosman. Each entry would include a short biography and photo of the contributor. The book would be launched in conjunction with an art exhibition run by Rotary featuring paintings and drawings on the same theme. Recent studies have shown that senior Australians feel ‘invisible’ and ‘without a voice’. This project would allow seniors of every ability to share their memories and stories of lives lived to the full. It is a way Rotary could partner with Council to celebrate older Australians.
PP Halyna with Mosman Council is going full steam ahead with this Vocational Project. Council has now printed a batch of handouts and posters to start off the project. We will be handing these out during the Christmas Raffle; Council will be circulating to Seniors at the Seniors Centre.
The project will be looking for interesting stories from the lives of senior residents of Mosman and from them will be producing a book and Art Exhibition. Don’t forget that members and friends could also contribute.
3/4/2021 – Update
Last Tuesday we had the Club book launch for the “Remembering When” project which as you know was initiated by Helena and jointly sponsored with Mosman Council. Club members Di McKenzie and Charlie Barnett read out their contributions to the book while at the same time we had the opportunity to view the associated artworks which go on the display shortly for the public at the Mosman Seniors Centre. During the luncheon we were also entertained with a great slideshow put together by PP Graeme.
On Wednesday we had the official Council launch of the project at the Mosman Art Gallery with round 65 people in attendance. The Club received extensive acknowledgement from Mosman Mayor, Carolyn Corrigan and this was not only for our initiating and supporting “Remembering When” but also general thanks for our services to the Mosman Community. We also had the opportunity to advertise sale of the jigsaw.