Kindness to Elders felt in Ranges

Stories of Life interviews are pictured with Jack Harris, Kenny Cook, Colin Cook and Dawn Bamforth.

Some of the shire’s most esteemed elders were in the spotlight for a ‘Kindness to Elders’ event at Jubilee Hall, Macedon, for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day earlier this month.

Leading the event was Athol Guy, of The Seekers fame, and joining him in telling their stories were Janet Wood, Jack Harris, Colin Cook and Bob Nixon.

Scouts from the 1st Gisborne and 1st New Gisborne groups and guides from Gisborne, Romsey and Lancefield helped to set up the venue, decorate, run a barbecue lunch and pack down.

Everyone assisted the Country Womens Association members in the kitchen, the Gisborne Day Branch and Kyneton ladies who offered morning and afternoon teas and a soup lunch.

Special moments for all was the performance of the Young Voices of Macedon Choir and hearing Colin Cook sing his 60s hit single Heart accompanied by his son and band Midnight Mantra.

During the event, the Kindness Collective from Kyneton gave away a two-course lunch and the Gisborne RSL awarded special certificates to three Macedon children to thank them for holding a fundraiser in the wake of the fire that destroyed their clubrooms.

Presenters Jack Harris and Dawn Bamforth closed the day with stories told to Scouts by Mens Shed elders from Riddells Creek.

If you or anyone you know needs support for elder abuse call the confidential Seniors Rights Victoria helpline on 1300 368 821.

Athol Guy signing the ribbon banner.