WA Seniors Week event celebrates ‘then and now’

Audrey Brady with her grandchildren. Picture supplied
Audrey Brady with her grandchildren. Picture supplied

THE Girrawheen Koondoola Senior Citizens Centre will host a free event celebrating ‘Then and Now’ during WA Seniors Week.

The City of Wanneroo will hold the November 14 event in partnership with the Girrawheen and Koondoola Seniors Group from 10am to 1pm.

It will include morning tea, a variety of games from different decades, and opportunities to meet people from community groups.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said seniors were some of the busiest community members, often volunteering their time to help others.

One such senior is Audrey Brady, who volunteers with the Merriwa Playgroup.

Mrs Brady said she became involved four years ago after learning the group was likely to close because of a lack of volunteers.

“It has been wonderful to see local children, including my own granddaughters, thrive in the group while their parents form strong, supportive friendships,” she said.

“I have not slowed down as I have grown older; I am just as busy being a grandmother as I was when my children were young.”

Annette and Roger Buddridge.

Koondoola residents Roger and Annette Buddrige (both 70) have been volunteering in their local community for more than four decades, including in the Australian Air Force Cadets in Madeley.

“We have always felt a responsibility to give back to the community and have been involved in many organisations that benefit young people and seniors,” Mr Buddrige said.

“It has been very rewarding to see young people develop self-respect, confidence and leadership skills through the air force cadets.”

For more information, visit wanneroo.wa.gov.au or call 9405 5618.