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Celebrating ‘good lives' at ACH Group's National Open Day

Older South Australians sang, danced, laughed and exercised their way through ACH Group's National Open Day in the Adelaide's Rundle Mall last Friday (20 June 2014).
ACH Group’s support worker, Margaret Scott (centre), with Sheila Robinson (left) and Eleanor Webber at ACH Group’s National Open Day in Adelaide's Rundle Mall last week.
ACH Group’s support worker, Margaret Scott (centre), with Sheila Robinson (left) and Eleanor Webber at ACH Group’s National Open Day in Adelaide's Rundle Mall last week.

Despite the blustery weather and rain, hundreds of older South Australians joined together to celebrate ‘what a good life means to them.’

“We were thrilled with the turnout,” Mike Rungie, ACH Group chief executive, said. “It wasn’t the best weather, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of those taking part. It was a huge success.”

The ACH National Open Day featured an information booth on ACH Services, giveaways including fresh apples, fridge magnets and bottled water, a Photobooth, photo pinup board, performances and competitions.

A highlight of the day was the performance of more than 100 singers from four branches of ACH Group’s Sing for Joy Choir.

The choir performed a medley of contemporary songs – and some old time favourites – and proved a showstopper in the heart of Rundle Mall, as friends, family members and city office workers stopped by to enjoy the performance.

Eleanor Webber and Sheila Robinson, who are members of the Seaford Sing for Joy Choir, said the choir was a great way to meet new people and keep “young and vibrant.”

Elaine Errington, from the Glenelg Sing for Joy choir, agreed: “I’ve been in the choir since it started three years ago and I’ve rarely missed a week. It’s a lot of fun and I’ve made some lovely friends.”

The ACH Group Life Exercise group also showed onlookers – many a third of their age or more – that exercise is for every age, and for every shape.

Life Exercises is a unique program for people aged over 60 that combines exercise with education, keeping both the body and mind healthy.

“ACH Group is dedicated to creating opportunities for older people to live good lives. We believe growing older is akin to turning a new page and with it comes a sense of great anticipation and optimism,” Mr Rungie said.

“The ACH Group National Open Day demonstrated that every day is a chance to make a difference – and that older people can to continue to enjoy life, learn, develop and explore," he added.

For more information on Sing for Joy or Life Exercises, contact ACH Group on 1300 300 811.

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