Social hub draws retirees

Musical meeting: Cele Bonevski playing the bagpipe as members of the Macedonian Pensioner Association enjoy a dance. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Musical meeting: Cele Bonevski playing the bagpipe as members of the Macedonian Pensioner Association enjoy a dance. Picture: Jonathan Ng

THEY may be retired, but that doesn't mean the members of the Macedonian Pensioner Association plan on slowing down.

They get together once a week to dress up in their national costume, sing, dance, chat, share stories and experiences and have lunch.

Association president Jim Dimovski, of Wattle Grove, said the group, which recently started meeting in Liverpool after establishing a successful club at Cabramatta, was an outlet for older Macedonian people who may not have many people to communicate with on a daily basis.

"This group is for elderly people who are sitting at home and due to their age and language restrictions may not have a lot of places to go," Mr Dimovski said.

"A lot of them don't know the services that are available to them and struggle reading their letters. This club gives them an opportunity to get together, consult with other people, get some advice.

"But also, what's most important, they get to talk to other people and spend some social time with other people, instead of being stuck at home all the time and it's a chance to have some fun too."

Mr Dimovski said there were about 3000 Macedonian people living in and around the Liverpool area.

The 75-year-old said the meetings had a friendly feel with everyone chipping in to help prepare the food.

"We started with nine members at the Liverpool club late last year — and now we have 70."

"We have people playing music, dancing, we've even performed our dances at events to raise money."

The group meets at the Pipe Band Hall, 90 Memorial Avenue, Liverpool from 9am to 2pm every Wednesday.

The Cabramatta group meets at the Cabramatta Community Hall, corner Railway Parade and McBurney Road, Cabramatta on Mondays 9am to 1pm.

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