Seniors from our local community recently celebrated The Hills Day Club’s 35th Birthday with a luncheon at Fox Hills Golf Club on Monday 5th March.
The volunteer-run club meet each Monday as a place for seniors to keep social and fit with activities such as mobility exercises and bingo. The group meet for morning tea and lunch and are entertained each week with performances by singers, dancers and comedians.
The Hills Day Club first opened its doors in 1983. In the early years it was a small organisation.
One of the Day Club Managers, Bill North, remembers calling into the community hall and finding one table with a few members and even fewer volunteers. “Now we have over 50 members, 20 volunteers and are only restricted in growth by the facilities available to us.”
Although the Day Club had an operational hiccup when it went into recess at the end of 2008, the Club has been re-established to even greater heights.
Bill said, “It’s the friendship and camaraderie of our group of volunteers and Members that has allowed the club to remain strong. It’s been well-run and the members take pride in their club”.
Club Member, Margaret Bennett says, “Monday is my favourite day of the week. The Hills Day Club gives me an opportunity to see my friends and has a wonderful bunch of volunteers; they’re always there to help and make us feel welcome.”
The successes, friendships and fun were toasted at the 35th birthday luncheon, which included attendance by the Mayor of Blacktown, Stephen Bali.
Last year the Hills Day Club won a Local Seniors Achievement Award for their contribution to the local senior community.
The Hills Day Club is a successful club due to the dedication of the volunteers with the cooperation of the members and the ongoing support from the Seven Hills Toongabbie Wentworthville RSL Sub-branch and Seven Hills RSL. The Day Club hopes this strong partnership will continue for many more years to come.