MEDIA RELEASE - A special gift for Sutherland Shire seniors this Christmas

Published On 23 October 2020 at 09:00 AM

It may take a very different form this year, but Sutherland Shire Council’s annual ‘Senior’s Christmas Concert’ will bring no less cheers to local seniors in 2020, with the ever popular event hoped to reach more residents than ever before.

As part of the 45th annual performance of the special seniors event, Council has opted to engage seniors directly via a ‘virtual’ Christmas concert, distributed to local aged care facilities and online via Council’s website.

With residents’ health and wellbeing at the forefront of the concert planning, Sutherland Shire Mayor Councillor Steve Simpson said the significance of this occasion is important in 2020.

“We can’t bring the seniors to us for a concert, but we can take the concert to them,” Mayor Simpson said.

“This year more than ever before we want to ensure our community feels connected and continue to celebrate special occasions as best we can.

“The concert is a significant celebration in our senior’s annual calendar and is one of the ways Council demonstrates its commitment to and appreciation of our valued older residents.”

The virtual Christmas concert will consist of performances by Engadine and Miranda Musical Societies and feature contributions of song and dance from Sylvania Heights Public School students.

As an added Christmas gift, Sutherland Shire Councillors will distribute a basket of Christmas cake along with the concert show reel to local aged care facilities in each of their respective Wards.

“We hope to be able to reach more residents with this year’s festivities and come together in new ways as a resilient and connected community,” Mayor Simpson said.

In previous years, the concert has traditionally been a ticketed event in late November, supported by volunteer Senior’s Reference Group members.

“Many of our senior residents have lived locally for a long time and contributed immensely to our community, so we want to provide joy to their lives and thank them,” Mayor Simpson said.

“We are also extremely thankful to the many workers and volunteers who contribute to the care and wellbeing of seniors in the community.”

All residents will have the opportunity to watch the concert via Council’s website from the first week of December.

Images: Michael Astill, The Starliners, Lacinda Fisk, Michael Astill and Louise Butler.

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