The annual Positive Ageing EXPO, now in its 10th year, is on Monday 26 September at Papanui High School in Langdons Road.
Yvonne Palmer of Age Concern Canterbury, who has run the EXPO since its inception, says that it has grown each year, with 160 exhibitors this year and expectations of over 6000 people attending. “It is a great day out, not just for the over 60s”, says Yvonne. “We see many younger family members and friends enjoying the activities and exhibits too. We encourage our exhibitors to provide experiences and activities, and there will be entertainment going all day”.
Stalls will include food, activities, homeware, gardening with Rachel Vogan, tools and trades, travel – something for everyone, all ages and life stages, men and women, serious advice and fun activities.
Free tea and coffee, affordable snacks and lunch foods, prize opportunities, informative talks and demonstrations all help make the day unforgettable.
Representatives of service organisations will be there to give advice and answer questions. These include the NZ Police and Emergency Services, Canterbury District Health Board, Pegasus Health, Christchurch City Council, government organisations, community organisations, rest homes and retirement villages, lawyers and Community Law, Rotary, Probus and other service clubs, and many more.
Age Concern staff will explain all their Home Support Services, Accredited Visiting Service, Café Groups, Outings and Social Network Service, Visiting Service, confidential Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention programme, Home and Personal Safety Courses, Confident Driving, Mobility Scooter Safety and Life without a Car Courses.
The expo runs from 9.30am to 2.30pm so attendees can use their GOLD CARD to gain free travel by bus. The Orbiter, Blue Line, No 28 Papanui/ Lyttelton, No 108 Casebrook/Northlands, and No 125
Redwood/ Westlake bus routes go through Papanui very near the entrance to Papanui High School.
The GREEN Caterpillar will shuttle from the School gate on Langdons Road and another Caterpillar picking up at the car park to deliver attendees safely right to the EXPO doors.
Entry is free, with gold coin parking on the school grounds. Drivers should enter the school from Langdons Road just near the railway line.