Government is planning to create more avenues for seniors citizens to spread their knowledge and talents to the youth across the territory.
Minister of Health and Social Development Carvin Malone announced this plan at a church service to mark the start of Seniors’ Month.
“We will make use of your wisdom whenever the opportunity presents itself to provide a moral compass and strengthen the fabric of our society as we shape the future together,” the minister said at the Sea Cow’s Bay Methodist Church on Tortola.
He also commended the seniors for their assistance in the restoration of the territory following the 2017 hurricanes.
“This illustrates the pivotal role seniors play as the background to our families and our communities, hence the significance of annual celebrations as we reaffirm our commitment to each of you,” Malone said
He added: “We honour and show gratitude to our seniors by treating them with dignity and respect, looking out for their interest and protecting their rights, supporting their participation in community life, and encouraging them to be healthy and active.”
Seniors Month — which is themed ‘Connect, Create, Contribute’ this year – is in its 30th year of celebrations. The month of activities will be paying special attention to the accomplishments and goals of seniors throughout the territory.
Some of the activities expected in the month include, the Mr and Mrs Senior BVI Pageant, The Not So Newlywed Game, and a senior’s ball. Activities will culminate with a food and cultural fair on May 31.
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