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Plenty to celebrate as EGO reaches double figures!

For ten inspiring and eventful years the Every Generation Onkaparinga (EGO) ‘Celebrating Positive Ageing’ program has been acknowledging the valuable contributions people of all ages, cultures and abilities make to our communities.

Celebrating this milestone in 2015, a wonderful program of events encouraging people of all ages to actively be involved in life and their community, is planned throughout October.

Community Development Officer for Ageing Communities, Justin Ifould, says the full program of EGO events and activities being supported by the City of Onkaparinga Grants will be launched and held in October.

“The 2015 calendar of EGO events provides many wonderful opportunities for people of all ages to come together, be active and celebrate the achievements and contributions the whole community makes towards ‘positive ageing’,” Justin says.

“Over the past decade, including 2015, we have funded 80 events through the EGO Grants Program, amounting to just over $100,000.

“We have also proudly acknowledged the contributions and outstanding achievements of 96 individuals and 46 groups through the EGO Individual, Group and Intergenerational Award categories.

“These awards are not just about older people having a positive attitude, feeling good, keeping fit and engaging fully in life.  They are also about other members of the community being appreciated for their role in encouraging older people to age positively.”

The EGO Reference Group (RG) has passionately guided the development of the 2015 program which, this year, really embraces intergenerational activities and events like Cinemallunga’s Sing-a-long with the Wizard of Oz and the Reynella Neighbourhood Centre’s Big Day Out.

“All of the events on the program incorporate older and younger people doing active things together, which helps to break down generational barriers and stereotypes,” Justin says.

“We are so grateful to the whole Reference Group who are enthusiastically dedicated to inspiring others to become active in their community and overcome reservations about what they are capable of doing.”

Maureen Hart, Margaret Ellis and Gerald Smitheman are three of the twelve community members working with Elected Member representatives and council staff on planning and delivering the EGO Celebrating Positive Ageing program.

Between them they have spent 19 years passionately working with the RG to encourage community involvement.

“The work we do and the fun we have is very full on but it keeps us occupied and it keeps us out of trouble and personally I love it,” Margaret says.

“We have groups of people who have been coming to events for years but we want everyone to know they are welcome at the wide variety events and activities.

“You have just got to enjoy people and get out there and enjoy everything there is on offer throughout in the EGO program.”

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