Seeking Story For The Ages From Our Local Seniors

08 Apr 2021 seniors latest news

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that entries are now open for a writing competition which will see the stories of 100 NSW seniors published in a book themed, ‘What’s age got to do with it?’.

Mr Ward is encouraging local seniors right across our region to submit their creative works to the Seniors Stories Volume Seven Writing Competition.

“We want to hear stories that remind us age is just a number, and I know that local seniors in our region have some really exceptional tales to tell,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity for people to recount life-changing moments, share funny tales they have gathered on their journey through life, or use their imagination to spin a great yarn,” Mr Ward said.

Liam Kenny’s story, ‘Courage at Sea’, was published in the last volume of Seniors Stories. It explored his father’s experience as a wartime merchant seaman, who survived three torpedoes.

“I was inspired by the theme of last year’s competition, ‘Resilience’, and the most resilient person I know was my Dad,” Mr Kenny said.

“Sadly, these merchants didn’t receive recognition for valour or courage, but this story was a chance to give him that acknowledgement.”

The NSW Minister for Seniors Dr Geoff Lee MP said that the NSW Seniors Card competition has been running since 2013 and is very effective in uniting generations.

“Sharing stories builds connections between young and old in our communities. It’s a way to recognise the valuable experiences of NSW seniors,” Mr Lee said.

“The NSW community is full of inspirational older people, who have stories worth sharing that can motivate, entertain and educate us all,” Minister Lee said.

NSW Seniors Card and NSW Senior Savers Card members can apply between 1st April and 31st May 2021.

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