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Entries for 2018 Senior Citizen of the Year now open

By Afikile Lugunya - Jul 20, 2018
Entries for 2018 Senior Citizen of the Year now open

“When you retire, don’t just sit and die,” the winner of the Senior Citizen of the year (SCOTY) described while explaining what SCOTY is all about at a presser held on Friday morning at GFI Gallery, Park Drive.

The SCOTY started in 2012 and it encourages old retired people to be proactive and do things - not necessarily go to the gym, although that is good too, but to share what they know about life with the next generation.

The SCOTY team encourages residents in the Nelson Mandela Bay to nominate people that they know deserve this prestigious award.

There are three age categories are for those 70-79 years old, 80-89 years old, and 90 + years old.

“The criteria includes what they contribute to their communities and how they encourage active ageing,” according to the organisers.

“Each nominee then submits an information pack, which is then perused in the preliminary round of judging followed by selection of three category finalists per age group. The finalists are then interviewed, face to face by a panel of judges and a winner is chosen in each category.”

The nominees are then invited, with a family member and a friend, to attend the awards high tea at the Boardwalk Hotel, in October (being the month of the elderly) and winners are announced and prizes are given out.

This year’s event is sponsored by BLG Logistics, GFI (Gutsche Family Investment) Gallery, and Spec-savers.

The tea will take place on Saturday, 6 October with nominees attending an information session on 23 August and packs submitted by 7 September.

“If you are not active then you are very quickly and all sort of illnesses take over as you mostly become depressed,” the first winner of the SCOTY in 2012, Celeste Van Der Walt (79 years old), described.

A Walmer resident, who is a facilitator and a team leader of the My Moves Institute and a laughter therapist/teacher, Celeste demonstrated to the media how active she can get despite her age.

The 2017 SCOTY winner, Isabella Mabengeza (78), from New Brighton said that when she was nominated, she felt boosted and shocked.

“I thought that the sky was doing a tremendous job and I was also doing a tremendous job,” Isabella described.

She is a community volunteer, mentor, coordinator of numerous home-based cares that carter for families in need.