Lower Blue Mountains Rotarians have provided a Christmas highlight for 125 senior citizens at their annual ‘Young at Heart’ Christmas party at Emu Plains Sports Club.
The seniors are drawn from throughout the Lower Mountains and Emu Plains – and travel to and from the club by way special transport provided by Rotarians and aged care home buses.
Guests are treated to a delicious three course Christmas dinner, receive small gifts, a personal Christmas card courtesy of the pupils at Lapstone Primary School, and top class musical entertainment.
Irene Becke, 98, of Glenbrook was the oldest senior present whilst Islyn and Eirwen Jones of Springwood claimed the prize for most years of wedded ‘bliss’ – 71.
The Blue Mountains Concert Band, conducted by bandmaster Garry Clark, provided non-stop Christmas carols during the two hour lunch; and the brilliant Ex Gracia Women’s Choir – under the guidance of choir director, Dr Naomi Gabrielle – completed a splendid program to ‘wrap’ the event.
Rotarians enjoy providing table service and help the sports club catering staff with collection and washing up at the end of the meal.
The ‘Young at Heart’ lunch is one of the annual community service highlights for Lower Blue Mountains Rotarians – and many of the senior guests express warm thanks explaining that they would not have any special Christmas celebration if not for Rotary.
The 2018 lunch was the 26th staging of the event. It is provided free of charge for the senior citizens.