16 April 2012

Grandparents Day is set to debut this year after feedback from the Older Persons Assembly

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In a release sent out today by ACT Minister for Ageing Joy Burch, it was announced that the Australian Capital Territory’s very first Grandparents Day will be happening 28 October. As with the NSW Grandparents Day, it will be held on the last Sunday of October every year.

The change has come about due to an Older Persons Assembly that was held September last year. The main message that came out of it was that older people wanted more respect, and wanted to feel valued in the community. Grandparents Day is an important step in making this happen.

“Grandparents Day is a well-deserved recognition of the immense contribution that not only grandparents but all seniors make to our community.” Ms Burch said.

This is not only a positive thing for grandparents, but also for grandchildren. It is a day to appreciate our grandparents; to spend time with them; to reconnect; and, for those of us who have lost our grandparents, to remember.

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Drive carefully on that Sunday if there are public events. And don’t ride your bicycle. I recently watched an old person drive the entire length of Northbourne Avenue with the left wheels of their Toyota nearly touching the kerb, totally taking up the cycle lane. Fortunately, the only cyclist I saw was was a pavement wimp like me. Although they weren’t totally safe either, come to think of it.

Aw Shucks. Master Cholets grandparents all live in Sydney or beyond. I’m so sad I won’t be able to celebrate with them. We’ll be thinking of them.

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