Donald Simpson Community Centre embraces longevity with their 90s Club

WELCOME: Donald Simpson Centre manager Thomas Jithin (right) welcomes 92-year-old Jean Dennis to join the centre's 90s Club. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

WELCOME: Donald Simpson Centre manager Thomas Jithin (right) welcomes 92-year-old Jean Dennis to join the centre's 90s Club. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

SOME people might be reluctant to reveal their age, but the Donald Simpson Community Centre is making it worthwhile for those who are over 90 years old.

The centre is embracing longevity in the Redlands by launching a 90s Club.

Having already signed up, Jean Dennis said she initially thought women might be cautious about revealing their age.

“But then I thought ‘what does it really matter?’,” she said.

The 92-year-old has been part of theatrical performances at the centre for nearly 20 years and said the friends she has made have become like family.

She said activities for members of the Donald Simpson Centre included art, craft, bowls and table tennis and there was also a cafe to enjoy a coffee or meal.

Ms Dennis, who also volunteers at Redland Hospital weekly, said she was looking forward to enjoying a morning tea on her birthday as a benefit of being a member of the 90s Club. 

Centre manager Thomas Jithin said the club was being formed in the same year the centre was celebrating its 30th birthday.

He said 16 people had registered to join the 90s Club ahead of the first of two luncheons on Wednesday, March 29.

“The club is being formed in recognition of people who are over 90 and to show our appreciation for them,” he said.

“The centre is also big on breaking social isolation so that’s part of the reason for starting the club.”

Mr Jithin hoped the club would give people in their late eighties something to look forward to.

The centre will host two lunches for members of the 90s Club and provide a free meal at the Hub Cafe on a member’s birthday.

Members of the 90s Club must be financial members of the Donald Simpson Centre and be 90 years or older.

The club will hold its second luncheon in October.

For information, contact the Donald Simpson Centre on 3821 1089 or visit the centre at 172 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland.

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