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Seniors EXPO 2015 is a winner

27 Jan 2016

Community Event of the Year PresentationCOTA NT was delighted to receive from the Lord Mayor of Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim the Darwin Community Event of the Year Award for SENIORS EXPO 2015 last week. This was a real pat on the back for all the COTA staff, volunteers, supporters, service providers and community groups who pulled out all the stops to get the first ever event of its kind for seniors up and running.

SENIORS EXPO was the brainchild of Events Manager Stephanie Kendall, who saw a real need to bring seniors and members of the public together to meet face-to-face with service providers, community groups and not-for-profit organisations, who work on their behalf and provide so many essential services and information. It also became the ideal opportunity to celebrate – and inform people about – local seniors’ interests, talents and lifestyle choices.

Thanks to the hard work of COTA staff, Stephanie Kendall, Dean Dempsey, Lina Paselli and over 20 senior volunteers, EXPO proved a great success. It was attended by approximately 700 people who engaged with over 40 stallholders manned by service providers and community groups, enjoyed a free morning tea supplied by the Hon. Peter Styles, Minister for Senior Territorians, sausage sizzle, and watched entertainment from seniors’ choirs, dance and musical groups and a fashion parade. Our “have-a-go” opportunities proved particularly popular including the lawn bowls, the smoothie bike and line dancing.

COTA NT wishes to extend its thanks to the City of Darwin for recognising seniors and COTA’s work to serve them and advocate on their behalf. We are now planning the second SENIORS EXPO on Friday 3 June 2016, which will once again be held on the museum lawns — but bigger and better. Those interested in having a stall, display, performance or presence at the EXPO, should contact us on .

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