A special photography exhibition in support of the EveryAGE Counts campaign is inviting attendees to take the pledge against ageism. The exhibition opened on Tuesday 6th August and showcases photographs of Uniting’s aged care residents from the Edina, Illowra and Ronald Coleman Lodge residences and explores what they think is the best thing about getting older.
Special guests who attended the opening included:
- David Sharma, Member for Wentworth
- Robert Tickner - former CEO Red Cross Australia, former Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Co-Chair of Every Age Counts
- Renee England – Uniting Head or Residential Operations, Sydney South East
Anyone who attends the exhibition at the Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club in Bondi Junction will be encouraged to sign the EveryAGE Counts pledge.
Leisure & Wellness Coordinator Irina Krasovitsky initiated the idea of the exhibition with the intention of promoting positive discussions about getting older with residents and the community.
“Through my conversations with one of the residents, I found out he had a nephew who was a photographer. I thought how wonderful it would be if we could somehow manage to connect with the community through a series of photos which encouraged positive thinking about ageing,” said Irina.
“At Uniting we actively seek out, listen to and act on the expressed interests and needs of the people we care for, and their families. We thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to showcase our residents and make them feel valued,” said Irina.
The residents from the Uniting facilities are looking forward to having their photographs displayed at the exhibition and having discussions around the best aspects of ageing.
“As I get older it is amazing to be free to say what I think, and to do so sincerely,” says resident Carol McMullen.
All exhibition portraits were taken by local photographer John Marmaras who has previously worked on projects with Channel 7, Macquarie Bank and Hayman Island Tourism.
The exhibition runs until Saturday 10th of August from 10am - 4pm.
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