YESTERDAY (Wednesday) the Age Care Association invited more than 100 of its clients for Christmas lunch at the Tamisa Golf Hotel on the Mijas to Coin road.
Organising weekly coffee mornings for the elderly in Benalmadena Calahonda, Coin and Fuengirola, this charity which is completely run by volunteers was set up to try to assist elderly expatriates in the area.
As women tend to live longer than men, it was understood that there were a number of lonely people who had little contact with others and who also had problems with dealing with health and legal matters if they didn’t speak English.
A committee of volunteers, all of whom are themselves of pensionable age, do all that they can to assist those who are alone and vulnerable or just simply want to make friends with other English speakers in their area.
The lunch was one of two free get togethers organised annually and the turkey meal, drinks and entertainment was paid for by the charity as it believes that many of its clients don’t get the chance to enjoy a traditional meal which even saw the pulling of crackers.
Apart from a great lunch, those who attended didn’t just chat to each other but were entertained by the voice of Martin Joseph, who is Frank Sinatra in the very popular Rat Pack Tribute and the Mania Performers a group of amateur singers and dancers who appeared in special Santa and elf costumes.
Sadly the President Syd Weldon was unable to attend as he is in the UK to receive medical attention but RTN and EWN reporters were the guests of honour at the lunch as a gesture of thanks for the coverage the newspapers give to the Age Care Association on a regular basis as a service to their readers (www.agecarecosta.org).