They are one of our most precious resources.
And, last week, the Hamilton Business Improvement Association (BIA) celebrated all the wonderful senior citizens within its precinct.
Since Monday, 19 April, the organisation hosted small activations across the area, including bingo and exercise classes, and wrapped it up with a gala luncheon at the Northern Star Hotel on Friday.
The sold-out function was a great way to finish Seniors Week as attendees were able to enjoy a two-course meal and entertainment from an Elton John tribute member.
Hamilton Business Association is a not-for-profit independent BIA, which represents people who own or occupy commercial spaces in the suburb’s precinct.
Along with its counterparts in Newcastle, Wallsend and Mayfield, the group boasts a service agreement with City of Newcastle that provides up to $100,000 annually for projects that promote, beautify and drive economic development for the Hamilton sector.
Hamilton Business Association Inc chair Janice Musumeci said the occasion was extremely important for the community to acknowledge as it was a way to bring seniors within the precinct together.
“Hamilton has such a vibrant village feel, our locals love Hamilton,” she explained.
“We really wanted to ensure we are supporting everyone within our community and that is why we wanted to celebrate Seniors Week.”
The state-wide event also encourages older citizens within different communities to “get active and socialise”.
“Our senior community plays an integral role in shaping Hamilton, so ensuring we as a Business Association are looking after their health and wellbeing is extremely important to us,” Janice said.
“We received a great response from people who attended the events during Seniors Week.
“Not only was it terrific to see so many participating in the range of activities we hosted but to see the local community connecting with our seniors in the Hamilton precinct.”