The Independence Program for the Senior Citizen, which was held at the Multipurpose Cultural Centre bring together more than 400 elderly, who are part of the Citizen’s Welfare Division- Residential Assistance and Care Programme for the Elderly and Eligible (GRACE) – under the Ministry of Social Transformation.
Chief Welfare Aide Carlstien Quinland said based on the increased participation in the event it is an opportunity for key stakeholders to pool resources together to assist government in the execution and development of policies and program initiatives already activated for the elderly.
Quinland said the involvement of the elderly in the Independence celebration dates back to around 1991.
“The light is now shed on areas for emerging opportunities to share perspectives with policy makers, and business partners has gain new insights from lessons learnt from the public and private sector organizations and experiences from seniors and persons with disabilities,” Quinland said.
Elderly were attired in National dress, as a way bringing back memories of the yester –year, with refreshingly appropriate, high quality relaxing entertainment.
The activity is a calendar event which seeks to strengthen intra –generational and the historical gaps.
The elderly benefitted significantly from the musical activity organized for them. They were entertained by the Sunny Dale Dancers, St. Peters Primary, Lyrics Man, King Zachari, The National Dance Theatre, St. Joseph Academy –Glee Club, La Schata-dor, Senior Citizens Council, The Marching Band and Calypso Joe.