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The Forever Young 50+ Club in St. Lunaire-Griquet is a great example of a small group of seniors giving of their time to brighten the lives of others.

“We are a very busy group with meetings once a week and many activities other than meetings,” said Viann Saunders, the club’s secretary.

From donations of lap quilts for people undergoing dialysis and knitted hats for those going through chemotherapy, to knitted hats and socks for people living in seniors’ homes and fundraising for vulnerable people in the community, the club members look for and find ways to give back to those who need a little help.

Since its inception, the club has made donations to numerous groups within the community and beyond.

“In 2020, we have donated queen-size quilts for ticket sales to First Step charity, which helps persons travelling to St. John’s for medical reasons, and to Helping Hands charity, which raises funds for equipment at the hospital,” said Saunders.

Cathy MacDonald, the club’s president, said the club has been in existence since 2014. There are currently 26 members and they meet at the fire hall in St. Lunaire-Griquet on Tuesday afternoons.

In addition to the weekly meetings, the club also hosts guest speakers and special events throughout the year, MacDonald said.

“This year, we were lucky enough to get a grant from New Horizons and we brought in two representatives from SeniorsNL who did a workshop on elder abuse. We had the RCMP come in and talk to us on drugs and we had a diabetic nurse and a mental health nurse come in and talk to us.”

A nutritionist was also among invited guest speakers.

MacDonald said the club is grateful for the two grants it received over the years from the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, as well as two from the International Grenfell Association.

Members also enjoyed a paint night, berry picking and a boil-up, an afternoon spent with children and a field trip to the French Shore Interpretation Centre in Conche. As part of being active in the community, club members also visit seniors.

Attending meetings and other club functions is an opportunity to stay active and enjoy life, Saunders said.

“It’s a great time to get together with friends to socialize. The things we do are great for our members and for other seniors in our community,” she said.

For more information about the Forever Young 50+ Club in St. Lunaire-Griquet, call MacDonald at 709-623-2873 or Saunders at 709-623-2419. Check out 50+ Club, St. Lunaire-Griquet & Area on Facebook.

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