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Tatura senior citizen has twice the fun on Christmas Day

Tatura Senior Citizens Club member Pat Crawford will have double reason to celebrate on Christmas Day, as it is also her 96th birthday.

JARROD WHITTAKER December 23, 2013 4:10am

Tatura Senior Citizens Club member Pat Crawford (front) turns 96 on December 25, but she marked the occassion early with her clubmates.


Tatura Senior Citizens Club member Pat Crawford has two more reasons than most to celebrate on Christmas Day.

On December 25 Mrs Crawford will mark her 96th birthday.

It’s a birthday she shares with her mother.

It may not have been her birthday, but earlier this month Mrs Crawford joined her fellow club members for an early Christmas lunch.

A club member for 25 years, she said she enjoyed spending time with friends at the club.

‘‘We come down here for lunch and I’ll play indoor bowls,’’ Mrs Crawford said.

‘‘It’s good exercise and it keeps you fit.’’

Tatura Senior Citizens Club members are known for being avid bowlers or keen card players.

At Wednesday’s lunch, members of the different groups were mixed up at tables to allow members to meet new people.

Roast chicken and turkey with vegetables were on the menu, followed by dessert.

After eating members enjoyed a singalong and raffles were drawn.

Club president Veronica Dowell said the lunch provided an extra social opportunity for members who could not regularly see their families.

‘‘A lot of people are on their own and we make sure they’re not on their own,’’ Ms Dowell said.

‘‘A lot of their families live too far away.’’

Tatura Senior Citizens Club is in the process of raising funds to extend its centre.

She said the club had raised about $10000 in the past 10 months.

Author’s note: Jarrod Whittaker wishes to disclose a possible conflict of interest. Mr Whittaker enjoyed his visit so much, he is now attempting to have the club’s age requirements waived, so he can become a member.

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