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Seniors Week has multicultural flavour

21 March 2012

Almost half of the 267 events which received NSW Government funding for Seniors Week (18-25 March) will benefit culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, made the announcement after attending one of those events, the Sydney Multicultural Community Services Carnival at Daceyville, which attracted around 200 seniors from a number of ethnic groups.

Sydney Multicultural Community Services (SMCS) receives annual funding of more than $459,000 from Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) for cultural and social activities, meals and outings for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) frail aged and dementia-specific community members in Botany Bay, Randwick, Sydney, Waverley and Woollahra local government areas.

SMCS offers specific day programs to frail aged Chinese, Italian, Polish and Maltese clients. It also has Chinese, Italian, Maltese and Polish Senior social groups for younger and more independent clients.

“Today’s SMCS carnival is one of the feature events in NSW Seniors Week which began last weekend and finishes this Sunday,” Mr Constance said.

“Six people from ethnic backgrounds have also been honoured with Seniors Week Achievement Awards.” They are:

  • 81-year-old Vietnamese Tai Chi instructor Van Liem Huynh from Marrickville;
  • 78-year-old Ying Seow of Strathfield is a volunteer in the Chinese community in western Sydney;
  • 75-year-old Carmelo Lino Vella AM of Cherrybrook is a veteran journalist in Australia’s Maltese media;
  • 73-year-old Korean businessman Jae Kyung Lee of Breakfast Point is Chairman of one of Australia’s largest commercial cleaning contractors;
  • 71-year-old Vietnamese song and dance teacher Tuyet Hong Thi Tu from Fairfield; and
  • 68-year-old Lucia Bokulic from Hallidays Point is a volunteer who helps multicultural communities on the Mid North Coast.

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